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Film
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Directed by                   Produced by
Sōya Kumagai  ?
Written by                       Music by  
Daijō Aoyama  ?
Distributed by                       Rating      
Zenshō Cinema  ?
  Budget                           Box Office
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Running Time
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Designs Used
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King Kong Appears in Edo (江戸に現れたキングコング,   Edo ni Arawareta Kingu Kongu?) is a lost 1938 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Zenshō Cinema. It was released to Japanese theaters on March 18, 1938.


Plot

Part 1

In the first part, titled King Kong Appears in Edo: The Episode of Transformation (江戸に現れたキングコング:変化の巻,   Edo ni Arawareta Kingu Kongu: Henge no Maki?), Chinami, a daughter of Hyoue Toba, is mysteriously kidnapped one night. Toba offers a 3,000 Ryō reward for his daughter. (Note: Ryō is one of currency units used by Tokugawa shogunate, roughly equivalent to 330 US dollars.) Yuzuru Kawasaki and other spongers set about searching for Chinami. But Magonojyō Gō, one of Toba’s spongers, sneers at his fellows’ efforts. In fact, Gō is the very man who kidnapped Chinami. He made his father Senbei’s pet ape abduct her.

Part 2

The second part, titled King Kong Appears in Edo: The Episode of Gold (江戸に現れたキングコング:黄金の巻,   Edo ni Arawareta Kingu Kongu: Ōgon no Maki?) has complex circumstances behind it. Toba influences Senbei to counterfeit coins, but he refuses. Toba imprisons Senbei somewhere. To get a clue of his father’s whereabouts, Gō disguises himself as one of Toba’s spongers. Gō menaces Toba with the ape covertly. He offers Toba Chinami's location in exchange for the prize money. He takes Toba to his secret cellar to shut him up. The vengeful ape kills Toba but he, too, is fatally wounded. Gō then leaves Edo with 3,000 Ryō. What happened to Chinami after that is unknown, but it is assumed she was freed when Magonojyō received his money from Hyoue.

History

King Kong Appears in Edo was one of Japan's first kaiju films, predating Godzilla by sixteen years. Although inaccurate to its historical setting, some Caligari-esque expressionistic buildings were added for Kong to climb. The film is now completely lost after the fire bombings on Japan, the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, or the Kanto Earthquake.

Fuminori Ohashi, who would later create the suit for Godzilla in the original 1954 film, created the ape suit and special effects for this film. He explained, "The first model making to be counted as 'special art direction' in Japanese cinema was a giant gorilla which I did for the movie King Kong Appears in Edo fifty years ago. It was also the first movie to feature certain kinds of special effects."

Staff

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   Sôya Kumagai
  • Written by   Daijô Aoyama
  • Cinematography by   Yozo Okuda
  • Special Effects by   Fuminori Ôhashi

Cast

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Eizaburō Matsumoto   as   Misato Magonojo
  • Fuminori Ōhashi   as   Anthropoid
  • Reizaburō Ichikawa   as   Toba Hyoei
  • Reiko Mishima   as   Chinami
  • Shōjirō Ogata   as   Kuroami the Hunchback
  • Yasutarō Yagi   as   Inoue Ginbei
  • Noboru Takashima   as   Kawasaki Yuzuru
  • Keinosuke Yashiro   as   Segawa Kinnosuke
  • Shōtarō Shiba   as   Azuma Tetsusaburō
  • Shin Taga   as   Nakazawa Shinjūrō
  • Ryūtarō Hibiki   as   Matsudaira Izunokami
  • Keisuke Matsudaira   as   Clerk at Charcoal Shop
  • Kikutarō Yoshii   as   Clerk at Soy Sauce Shop
  • Dō Jitsukawa   as   Rice Shop Apprentice


Appearances

Monsters

Gallery

Main article: King Kong Appears in Edo (1938 film)/Gallery.

Soundtrack

Main article: King Kong Appears in Edo (Soundtrack).

Alternate Titles

  • King Kong (Kingu Kongu; Japan)

Trivia

  • There is a video on YouTube that claims to be the lost footage of King Kong Appears in Edo. The video turned out to be fake due to its high quality for a 1938 film, and the most obvious fact, that the user used footage from a movie named Yeti: Giant of the 20th Century. The video also used footage of a Japanese man with a gun, while the film was supposed to be set in medieval Japan as well as the use of tiger roars that were actually recorded in the middle of the 20th century.

References

Films
Godzilla films
Showa era GodzillaGodzilla Raids AgainKing Kong vs. GodzillaMothra vs. GodzillaGhidorah, the Three-Headed MonsterInvasion of Astro-MonsterEbirah, Horror of the DeepSon of GodzillaDestroy All MonstersAll Monsters AttackGodzilla vs. HedorahGodzilla vs. GiganGodzilla vs. MegalonGodzilla vs. MechagodzillaTerror of Mechagodzilla
Heisei era The Return of GodzillaGodzilla vs. BiollanteGodzilla vs. King GhidorahGodzilla vs. MothraGodzilla vs. Mechagodzilla IIGodzilla vs. SpaceGodzillaGodzilla vs. Destoroyah
Millennium series Godzilla 2000: MillenniumGodzilla vs. MegaguirusGodzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out AttackGodzilla Against MechagodzillaGodzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.Godzilla: Final Wars
TriStar Pictures Godzilla (1998 film)
MonsterVerse GodzillaGodzilla: King of the MonstersGodzilla vs. Kong
Post-Millennium series Shin GodzillaGodzilla: Monster Planet
King Kong films
Showa era King Kong (1933)Son of KongKing Kong vs. GodzillaKing Kong Escapes
Paramount film King Kong (1976)
Universal film King Kong (2005)
MonsterVerse Kong: Skull IslandGodzilla vs. Kong
Mothra films
Showa era Mothra
Heisei era Rebirth of MothraRebirth of Mothra IIRebirth of Mothra III
Gamera films
Showa era Gamera (1965)Gamera vs. BarugonGamera vs. GyaosGamera vs. VirasGamera vs. GuironGamera vs. JigerGamera vs. ZigraGamera: Super Monster
Heisei era Gamera: Guardian of the UniverseGamera 2: Attack of LegionGamera 3: Revenge of IrisGamera: The Brave
Post-Millennium series Gamera (Upcoming film)
Miscellaneous films
Showa era Japanese King KongKing Kong Appears in EdoThe Beast From 20,000 FathomsRodanThe MysteriansVaranWarning from SpaceH-ManThe Birth of JapanGorathKujira GamiAtragonMatangoDogoraFrankenstein vs. BaragonWar of the GargantuasDaimajinReturn of DaimajinWrath of DaimajinThe X From Outer SpaceGappaSpace AmoebaDaigoro vs. GoliathSubmersion of JapanProphecies of NostradamusThe Last DinosaurThe War in SpaceBye-Bye JupiterYamato TakeruPulgasari
American films CloverfieldPacific RimPacific Rim: Uprising10 Cloverfield Lane
Post-Millennium series Go! GodmanThe Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 SummitAttack on Titan
Cancelled or scrapped films
Showa era Bride of GodzillaThe Volcano MonstersBatman vs. GodzillaGodzilla vs. Hedorah sequelU.S.-Japan Collaboration: GodzillaAll Monsters Attack DirectiveGodzilla vs. RedmoonGodzilla vs. the Space Monsters: Earth Defense DirectiveThe Return of King GhidorahA Space GodzillaGodzilla vs. Asuka Fortress
Heisei era The Return of Godzilla (original draft)Godzilla: King of the Monsters 3-DUntitled animated Godzilla filmGodzilla vs. King KongGodzilla vs. Mechani-KongThe Return of King GhidorahGodzilla vs. GigamothGodzilla vs. MechaMothraGodzilla vs. BerserkGodzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (Early draft)Godzilla vs. AstroGodzillaGodzilla vs. Ghost GodzillaGodzilla vs. Barubaroi
Millennium series Godzilla RebornGodzilla X Varan, Baragon and Anguirus: Giant Monsters All-Out AttackGodzilla vs. Gamera
American films Godzilla (1994 film)Godzilla 3D to the MAX
TriStar Pictures Godzilla 2
MonsterVerse Godzilla (June 2012 screenplay)