Japanese King Kong (1933)

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Japanese King Kong
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Directed by Torajiro Saito
Written by Akira Fushimi
Distributor Shochiku Kinema
Running time 3 reels (approximately 45 minutes)
Aspect ratio 1.37:1

Japanese King Kong (和製キング・コング,   Wasei Kingu Kongu) is a lost Japanese comedy short film produced by Shochiku Kinema. It serves as something of a parody of the original King Kong and was produced to coincide with Shochiku's Japanese distribution of the film. It was released to Japanese theaters on October 5, 1933.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Isamu Yamaguchi, the main character, after becoming jobless and poor gets denied by his crush's father. Later he is inspired by seeing how successful the film King Kong was to dress up as an ape, playing as King Kong in a vaudeville theater. The show he makes out of this becomes an instant success, however after seeing said crush and his used to be friend, now being rich, with her in the audience he gets angry and starts chasing after them while still wearing his gorilla suit. After going outside of the theatre he creates panic in the town as firemen and hunters chase him down, thinking he is and escaped gorilla from a zoo. Eventually, Yamaguchi catches up to his friend and knocks him unconscious. He puts the gorilla suit on the his unconscious body and leaves him laying in the streets. The owner of the theatre gives him a lot of money for his performances and with this newfound richness marries his crush.

History[edit | edit source]

Like 90% of all Japanese films produced before 1945,[1] Japanese King Kong is considered a lost film.

Staff[edit | edit source]

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

  • Directed by   Torajiro Saito
  • Written by   Akira Fushimi
  • Cinematography by   Yoshio Taketomi

Cast[edit | edit source]

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

  • Isamu Yamaguchi   as   Santa
  • Yasuko Koizumi   as   Omitsu
  • Takeshi Sakamoto   as   Yokoshima
  • Kotaro Sekiguchi   as   Seizo
  • Nagamasa Yamada   as   Koichi

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: Japanese King Kong/Gallery.

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for Japanese King Kong. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Richie, Donald (14 September 2003). Uncovering lost worlds of Japanese film. The Japan Times.


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