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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