The StoryThis film was supposedly made and released in 1938. The film is a knock-off of King Kong & is dated in many ways. For example, it's title confusion come Tokyo.springs from the fact that the city of Edo would eventually be called Tokyo. This does add an air of reliability to the story behind this film. It's also notable for being made a good 16 years before Gojira was.
Was It Discovered?Sadly, no. The film has been lost for the last sixty-plus years. Why? Some people blame it on poor print maintenance, while others just figure that it was lost in the bombings of Japan during WWII. Apparently, a good 90% of them have been lost due to that. I suppose that is not too surprising, huh? You can't make a bombing omelet without destroying a few hundred movie prints, after all. All we have to go by is a magazine advertising the film (seen above)and and interview from a man who claims to have worked on it.
SignificanceIf this film is/was the real deal, it proves that Japan was really ahead of the curve. While we were still playing with clay-mation and stop-motion effects, they were trying to create the art of Kaiju. It also represents one of the earliest works of what many internet writers call 'Remake-sploitation.' It's also a very early example of a foreign remake of an American film being made. I would really like to see this, wouldn't you?