Japanese King Kong (1933)
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Japanese King Kong (和製キング・コング is a lost Wasei Kingu Kongu)Japanese short film produced by Shochiku Kinema as a parody of the original King Kong. It was released to select Japanese theaters on October 5, 1933.
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After becoming jobless and poor, a man named Koichi and his friend struggle to make ends meet. Koichi's friend is forcibly split from his girlfriend Omitsu by her father, who sets her up with a rich man instead. Inspired by the success of the film King Kong, the man decides to dress up as an ape and play King Kong, securing a deal with a vaudeville theater. The show he makes out of this becomes an instant success, but during a performance, he notices Omitsu with her new boyfriend in the audience. Enraged, he jumps off the stage and begins chasing the boyfriend through the streets with his gorilla suit still on. Thinking him to be an escaped animal, he is chased down by firemen and hunters. Eventually, the man knocks the boyfriend unconscious and dresses him in the gorilla suit, leaving him to be found lying in the street. The owner of the theater pays the man handsomely for his performances, and he uses the money to marry Omitsu.
Like 90% of all Japanese films produced before 1945, Japanese King Kong is considered a lost film.
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Torajiro Saito
- Written by Akira Fushimi
- Cinematography by Yoshio Taketomi
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Isamu Yamaguchi as King Kong
- Yasuko Koizumi as Omitsu
- Takeshi Sakamoto as Yokoshima
- Kotaro Sekiguchi as Seizo
- Nagamasa Yamada as Koichi
- Main article: Japanese King Kong/Gallery.
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