The Great Buddha Arrival (1934)

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The Great Buddha Arrival
A still from The Great Buddha Arrival
Directed by Yoshiro Edamasa
Producer(s) Yoshiro Edamasa

The Great Buddha Arrival (大佛廻國,   Daibutsu Kaikoku) is a lost 1934 kaiju film produced by Giant Buddha Movie Factory.[1] 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 carelessness 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, the statue flies off to Tokyo. A 1934 magazine article purportedly describes scenes in which the statue "strides over a train," "rests his head on a three-story building," and "makes geisha girls dance on his palm."[2]


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

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