The Great Buddha Arrival (1934)
The Great Buddha Arrival: Chukyo Edition (大佛廻國・中京編, more commonly known as simply The Great Buddha Arrival Daibutsu Kaikoku Chūkyōhen) (大佛廻國, Daibutsu Kaikoku)[note 1] is a lost 1934 kaiju film produced by Giant Buddha Movie Factory. 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.
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.
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
- Hidemichi Ishikawa
- Kazuyo Kojima
- Tankai Soganoya
- The Great Buddha Arrival, a 2018 remake
- The Great Buddha Arrival's title uses outdated spellings of daibutsu (大佛) and kaikoku (廻國).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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