The Great Buddha Arrival (1934)

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The Great Buddha Arrival
A still from The Great Buddha Arrival, published in the April 15, 1934 issue of The International News Photo Weekly
Directed by Yoshiro Edamasa
Producer(s) Yoshiro Edamasa
Production company Giant Buddha Movie Factory
Running time 75 minutes
(1 hour, 15 minutes)[1]

The Great Buddha Arrival: Chukyo Edition (大佛廻國・中京編,   Daibutsu Kaikoku Chūkyōhen), more commonly known as simply The Great Buddha Arrival (大佛廻國,   Daibutsu Kaikoku),[a] is a lost 1934 kaiju film produced by Giant Buddha Movie Factory.[2] It is the first known Japanese film to feature a kaiju-sized character. Though planned as the start of a franchise, no sequels ever manifested. The film itself was likely destroyed by bombing by Allied forces during World War II or poor preservation practices by the studio.

Plot[edit | edit source]

The Buddha statue in Shurakuen Park comes to life, rises to his full 33-meter height, and embarks on a journey to save humanity. After passing through tourist attractions in the Chukyo region (presently Nagoya), the statue flies off to Tokyo. A 1934 article in Kinema Jumno purportedly describes scenes in which the statue "strides over a train," "rests his head on a three-story building," "makes geisha girls dance on his palm," and visits heaven and hell.[3]

Staff[edit | edit source]

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

  • Directed by   Yoshiro Edamasa
  • Produced by   Yoshiro Edamasa
  • Cinematography by   Haruzo Ando, Harumi Machii

Cast[edit | edit source]

  • Hidemichi Ishikawa
  • Kazuyo Kojima
  • Tankai Soganoya

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Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. The Great Buddha Arrival's title uses outdated spellings of daibutsu (大佛) and kaikoku (廻國). As such, the title may be written in the more standard form 大仏廻国 (Daibutsu Kaikoku) in modern contexts, and is also the spelling used by its 2018 remake.

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