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
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),[note 1] 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

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

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

  • Hidemichi Ishikawa
  • Kazuyo Kojima
  • Tankai Soganoya

See also

External links

Notes

  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 The Great Buddha Arrival's title uses outdated spellings of daibutsu (大佛) and kaikoku (廻國).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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Giant Rat

14 days ago
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I know that wikipedia isn't very reliable, but this is the synopsis from the japanese wikipedia: "The Great Buddha of Shugakuen in Ueno Village, Aichi Prefecture (currently Tokai City ) opens its eyes and tours Nagoya City ( Shinshu Otani School Nagoya Betsuin , Honganji Nagoya Betsuin , Osu Kannon , Nagoya Castle ). Inuyama Castle Buddha was sleep a wink on the side of the shrine Masumida after the pilgrimage, and Nagoya Public Hall to return to again Nagoya city, Nagoya City Council , Matsuzakaya , Kakuozan , Tsurumai park , Auditorium Nagoya Tour of the like, Chiryu of Mikawa Yatsuhashi and Tsunefuku Face the Great Buddha of the temple. After going around hell , the Great Buddha rides in the clouds and heads for Tokyo . "
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Kiko vs Minilla KvM

23 days ago
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What is it with staue-like kaijus? First u have this, then u have Daimajin, then you have those two statue monsters from Ultraman Taro and Ultraseven, and last u have that other statue monster from that 90's godzilla comic that is similar to Daimajin. Also was this just added, cause this movie was featured in wikizilla's lost/unreleased kaiju media...
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Astounding Beyond Belief

23 days ago
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No, it's been around for years.
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TopMonarchScientist

17 months ago
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Why do people rate the film if it is lost??
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Les

17 months ago
Score 4
Removed
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TopMonarchScientist

17 months ago
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Thnx
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Behemoth1999

18 months ago
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I've seen the handfull of still images floating. Aparrently some REALLY brief bits of moving footage is around as well but i haven't come across it.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

18 months ago
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That might just be from The Great Buddha Arrival, which does a pretty great job of recreating what this film might have looked like in a flashback.
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TheWatcherIsBae

47 months ago
Score 16
This sounds interesting. Kinda wish it wasn't lost now.
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CdrWikizilla

46 months ago
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same
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Emperor Ghidorah

35 months ago
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Same
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