Yamatai Kingdom

Unmade Film
Intended Release:
1978

Conceived by:

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Yamatai Kingdom


Japanese Title

邪馬台国
[Yamataikoku]

The legendary kingdom of Yamatai finds itself under seige by the transforming monster, Bakan.

Background - Images - Concept Evolution

LOST PROJECT HISTORY

One of many ill-fated projects from the late 1970's, Yamatai Kingdom was planned by Toho in order to further explore the continuity of The Three Treasures (1959). Much like how The Three Treasures utilized a giant monster in the form of the eight-headed serpent Orochi, Yamatai Kingdom would have been the debut appearance of producer Tomoyuki Tanaka's transforming monster Bakan. However, the project went unrealized as a proper budget could not be agreed upon.

Though the idea behind Yamatai Kingdom has yet to be revisited, Bakan - also known as Bagan - would resurface in 1980 as the shapeshifting rival to Godzilla in Resurrection of Godzilla (Tanaka Proposal).


Monsters



Background and Trivia

  • The article picture featuring Bakan's Monkey God Beast model was created by digital artist Digiwip using published artwork as a basis and commissioned for use on Toho Kingdom by staff. It is not created by Toho nor is it their official design for the unused character.
  • Information regarding this lost project can be found in the 2005 Winter Special of Great Monster's Club (self-published). While the movie's intended release date is not explicitly stated, the time frame of "almost 30 years ago, in the late 70's" is mentioned.