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Edo ni arawareta Kingu Kongu: Henge no maki (1938)



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Cast overview:
Eizaburo Matsumoto ...
Misato Magonojo
Fuminori Ôhashi ...
Anthropoid (as Ryunosuke Kabayama)
Reizaburo Ichikawa ...
Toba Hyoei
Reiko Mishima ...
Shojiro Ogata ...
Kuroami the Hunchback
Yasutarô Yagi ...
Inoue Ginbei (as Sanshiro Mori)
Noboru Takashima ...
Kawasaki Yuzuru
Keinosuke Yashiro ...
Segawa Kinnosuke
Shotaro Shiba ...
Azuma Tetsusaburo
Shin Taga ...
Nakazawa Shinjûro
Ryutaro Hibiki ...
Keisuke Matsudaira ...
Clerk at charcoal shop
Kikutaro Yoshii ...
Clerk at soy sauce shop
Do Jitsukawa ...
Rice Shop Apprentice


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Release Date:

18 March 1938 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

King Kong Appears in Edo  »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the three Japanese made King Kong films that was destroyed in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. See more »


Referenced in Top 10 Lost Horror Films (2010) See more »

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Terrors of the Orient

King Kong Arrives in Edo...

...was made either in 1934 or 1938, making it the very first kaiju ever filmed. It was a Japanese period piece in which King Kong destroys sections of ancient Tokyo, in former days was called Edo.

Edo being the period from 1603-1867 when Japan was isolated from the outer world in the period of (I believe) the 17th or 18th century. Granted, Kong invaded Japan (in this film at least), but in the Edo timeframe. They threw in some Caligari-esquire, expressionistic structures so's he'd have something to climb...! It sounds very strange!

Kong itself is said to look like a kaiju that Sid & Marty Krofft ("H.R. Pufnstuf") would have designed, a dodgey gorilla, in this movie, that grapples with not only a titan bumble bee, but at one point, ensnared in Moloogra's trap (a 20-story tall ant lion), the over-blown primate is harassed by troublesome mayflies! Sadly, this movie constitutes perhaps the most tragic loss to World Cinema since Disney pulled the plug on SONG OF THE SOUTH, (1946) --- or Cozzi's HERACLES (1983)

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