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 A Couple of Lost Kong Movies 
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 A Couple of Lost Kong Movies

I recently stumbled across an article about this lost Japanese "Kong" movie made in 1938, which was a total surprise to me having never heard of it before.

According to Wikipedia, This film was produced by studio Zenshō Cinema without the permission of RKO Radio Pictures, which owned the rights to the King Kong character. In this film, King Kong attacks medieval Edo (the former name of Tokyo).

The production was one of Japan's first kaiju (giant monster) films, predating Godzilla by 16 years. Fuminori Ohashi, who would later create 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 King Kong Appears in Edo fifty years ago. It was also the first movie to feature certain kinds of special effects."
The film was not shown outside of Japan and has not been seen since its theatrical run in 1938. It is believed the film either disappeared due to negligence or was destroyed during the bombings of Japan in World War II.

There's a picture that goes with the Wikipedia article of the movie's poster, but there is debate whether it is authentic:


Further investigation turned up this other lost film:


According to Lost Media Wiki, this was a 1933 silent Japanese short film Written by Akira Fushimi, directed by Torajira Saito and featuring Isamu Yamaguchi as the title character. Not much is known about the film, but it is believed to basically be the same story as the American original, which came out the same year, with the character of Kong running amok in Japan instead of the U.S.

The film is noteworthy for possibly being the first Japanese monster movie ever made, (said title originally being thought to have been held by Toho's 1954 Gojira -aka Godzilla-). It was distributed by Shochiku, who also handled the Japanese distribution rights of the original, although this film was possibly made without RKO's permission. The film has been lost and unseen for many years and was believed to have been one of the many movies destroyed in the 1945 American atom bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. To this day, all that remains are two small still pictures.

Here are the two photos:



Sat Jul 19, 2014 8:41 am
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 Re: A Couple of Lost Kong Movies
Wow, that's pretty wild! Too bad we'll never see the actual films though.
Thanks for sharing Beastball.

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 Re: A Couple of Lost Kong Movies

just amazing. thanks for sharing.

it would be a blast to see these.



Sun Aug 03, 2014 7:58 pm
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