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
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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. It was released to select Japanese theaters on October 5, 1933.

Plot[edit | edit source]

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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.

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   King Kong
  • Yasuko Koizumi   as   Omitsu
  • Takeshi Sakamoto   as   Yokoshima
  • Kotaro Sekiguchi   as   Seizo
  • Nagamasa Yamada   as   Koichi

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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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