The Great Buddha Arrival (2018)

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The Great Buddha Arrival
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Directed by Hiroto Yokokawa
Producer(s) Hiroto Yokokawa, Avery Guerra
Written by Hiroto Yokokawa, Yuki Yonezawa,
Kazuma Yoneyama, Kensaku Sakai
Music by Hiromi Shinoda
Distributor 3Y Film
Budget ¥1,481,000[1]
Running time 50 minutes (original cut)JP[2]
Aspect ratio 2.39:1
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You can not reach Sukhavati without watching this. (これを観ずして極楽浄土には行けません。)

— Tagline, Jun Miura

The Great Buddha Arrival (大仏廻国,   Daibutsu Kaikoku) is a 2018 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by 3Y Film. A remake of the lost 1934 film of the same name, made with the cooperation of director Yoshiro Edamasa's grandson, it was released in Japan on December 15, 2018. Additional footage with new actors was shot to extend the film's run time for international distribution, with still more footage shot for a Japanese theatrical release in 2020, termed the Final Edition.[2][3]


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

  • Directed by   Hiroto Yokokawa
  • Written by   Hiroto Yokokawa, Yuki Yonezawa, Kazuma Yoneyama, Kensaku Sakai
  • Produced by   Hiroto Yokokawa, Avery Guerra
  • Music by   Hiromi Shinoda
  • Production design by   Takuma Asai, Karin Yamada, Ryo Kimoto, Hiroki Ishikawa


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

  • Masanori Kikuzawa   as   Yoshiro Edamasa
  • Kazuma Yoneyama   as   Murata
  • Iwata Momoka   as   Momorun
  • Yuma
  • Takashi Yasuda
  • Iku Hasegawa
  • Ai Aoki
  • Shelley Sweeney   as   Canadian interviewer
  • Peggy Neal   as   Dr. Mary Lisa Gleason
  • Norman England   as   American newscaster
  • Inge Murata   as   Chancellor of Germany
  • Philip Granger   as   President of the United States
  • Ippei Osako   as   Producer Tanaka
  • Yuki Morita   as   Announcer Sakano
  • Toshi Toda   as   James "Toshi" Maxwell
  • Yoshihiko Otsuki   as   Physicist
  • Junichiro Nirasawa   as   Paranormal researcher
  • Yukijiro Hotaru   as   Detective Osaki
  • Akira Takarada   as   Storyteller
  • Yoshiro Uchida   as   Mayor Sakurai (international version and Final Edition)
  • Yukiko Kobayashi   as   Yuko Murata (international version and Final Edition)
  • Akira Kubo   as   Prime Minister Maki (international version and Final Edition)
  • Shiro Sano   as   Newscaster Miyakura (Final Edition)
  • Bin Furuya   as   Kazuyoshi Edamasa (Final Edition)
  • Robert Scott Field


3Y Films held an unsuccessful Kickstarter for The Great Buddha Arrival from March to April 2018, raising $755 out of a $2,696 goal.[4] A second crowdfunding campaign on Makuake fared much better, far exceeding its ¥1,000,000 target with ¥1,481,000 in donations.

Video releases

SRS Cinema has purchased the American home video rights to The Great Buddha Arrival and plans to release it on limited-edition Blu-ray and VHS, with a wider DVD release to follow.[2]



The Great Buddha Arrival teaser #1
The Great Buddha Arrival teaser #2
The Great Buddha Arrival trailer #1
The Great Buddha Arrival trailer #2
The Great Buddha Arrival trailer #3
The Great Buddha Arrival trailer #4


Great Buddha CG model

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