The King Kong that Appeared in Edo (1938)
The King Kong that Appeared in Edo (江戸に現れたキングコング, also known as simply King Kong Edo ni Arawareta Kingu Kongu) (キング・コング, is a lost two-part Kingu Kongu)1938 tokusatsu fantasy silent film produced by Zensho Cinema. The first part, Volume of Transformation (変化の巻, was released to theaters on March 31, 1938, with the second, Volume of Gold Henge no Maki) (黄金の巻, following on April 7. Ōgon no Maki) It was the second Japanese film to feature a character based on King Kong, after Japanese King Kong from 1933, which is also lost.
After his daughter Chinami is kidnapped, Hyoe Toba offers his employees a 3,000 ryo (one of several currencies used by the Tokugawa shogunate) reward for her recovery. Yuzuru Kawasaki is among those who look for her, while Magonojo Go scoffs on the sidelines. Go himself is the kidnapper Chinami, having ordered his father Senbei's pet ape to seize her. Toba had previously jailed Senbei for refusing to counterfeit coins for him, prompting Go to go undercover to try and find him. Backed up by the ape, Go confronts Toba and trades him Chinami's location for the reward money, then locks him in his cellar. There the ape attacks and kills Toba, but is dealt mortal wounds himself. Go departs Edo with the reward.
This summary is derived from the March 1, 1938, issue of Kinema Jumpo, as translated by Classic Horror Film Board user bakeneko. It leaves the fates of Chinami and Senbei ambiguous, although the film itself may have addressed them.
The King Kong that Appeared in Edo was one of Japan's first tokusatsu films, predating Godzilla by 16 years. Like 90% of Japan's pre-1945 cinematic output, the film is now completely lost.
Fuminori Ohashi, who would later provide guidance on the construction of the suit for Godzilla in the original 1954 film, created the ape suit and special effects for this film. He explained, "The first model making to be counted as 'special art direction' in Japanese cinema was a giant gorilla which I did for the movie The King Kong that Appeared in Edo fifty years ago. It was also the first movie to feature certain kinds of special effects." However, the synopsis published in the March 1938 issue of Kinema Junpo does not seem to indicate that the movie's ape is a giant at all.
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Soya Kumagai
- Written by Daijo Aoyama
- Cinematography by Yozo Okuda
- Special Effects by Fuminori Ohashi
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Eizaburo Matsumoto as Magonojo Go
- Ryunosuke Kabayama as Ape
- Reizaburo Ichikawa as Hyoe Toba
- Reiko Mishima as Chinami
- Shojiro Ogata as Kuroami the Hunchback
- Yasutaro Yagi as Ginbei Inoue
- Noboru Takashima as Yuzuru Kawasaki
- Keinosuke Yashiro as Kinnosuke Segawa
- Shotaro Shiba as Tetsusaburo Azuma
- Shin Taga as Shinjuro Nakazawa
- Ryutaro Hibiki as Izunokami Matsudaira
- Keisuke Matsudaira as Clerk at charcoal shop
- Kikutaro Yoshii as Clerk at soy sauce shop
- Do Jitsukawa as Rice shop apprentice
- Main article: The King Kong that Appeared in Edo/Gallery.
- The King Kong that Appeared in Edo has often been mistranslated as King Kong Appears in Edo. The phrase arawareta (現れた; "appeared") in the title is an inflection of arawareru (現れる; "appear") using ta-form, which indicates past tense.
- A YouTube video uploaded in 2012 claims to show "surviving footage" of this film. In reality, it merely uses edited clips from the 1977 film Yeti: Giant of the 20th Century.
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