King Kong Appears in Edo
|King Kong Appears in Edo|
|Directed by||Sōya Kumagai|
|Written by||Daijō Aoyama|
|Distributed by||Zenshō Cinema|
This film was produced by studio Zenshō Cinema without the permission of RKO Radio Pictures, which owned the rights to the King Kong character. In this film, King Kong attacks medieval Edo (the former name of Tokyo)
The production was one of Japan's first kaiju (giant monster) films, predating Godzilla by 16 years. 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."
The film was not shown outside of Japan and has not been seen since its theatrical run in 1938. It is believed the film either disappeared due to negligence or was destroyed during the bombings of Japan in World War II.
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