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The Great Buddha Arrival (大佛廻國 Daibutsu Kaikoku) 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 carelessness by the studio. A remake was released in 2018.


The Great 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."


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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Film media
Godzilla films
King Kong films
Mothra films
Gamera films
Other films
Cancelled or scrapped films
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