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King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Kingu Kongu tai Gojira (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 26 June 1963 (USA)
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A newspaper and television station funded by a pharmaceutical company want a sensation, which happens to be the discovery of King Kong on an island. He is captured and brought to Japan, where he escapes from captivity and battles Godzilla.

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Ishirô Honda

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tadao Takashima ... Osamu Sakurai
Kenji Sahara Kenji Sahara ... Kazuo Fujita (as Keji Sahaka)
Yû Fujiki Yû Fujiki ... Kinsaburo Furue
Ichirô Arishima Ichirô Arishima ... Mr. Tako
Jun Tazaki Jun Tazaki ... General Masami Shinzo
Akihiko Hirata ... Dr. Shigezawa
Mie Hama ... Fumiko Sakurai
Akiko Wakabayashi ... Tamiye
Akemi Negishi ... Chikiro's Mother (Dancing Girl)
Yoshio Kosugi Yoshio Kosugi ... Farou Island Chief
Yoshifumi Tajima Yoshifumi Tajima ... Captain of Fujita's Ship - Japanese version only
Ikio Sawamura Ikio Sawamura ... Witch Doctor
Someshô Matsumoto Someshô Matsumoto ... Dr. Onuki
Kô Mishima Kô Mishima ... Official
Sachio Sakai Sachio Sakai ... Obayashi (Mr. Tako's assistant)
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Storyline

Mr. Tako, the chairman of a pharmaceutical company, learns the roma tomato-sized berries that grow on Farou Island are a miracle cure, and that the natives worship a god called King Kong who has allegedly grown to giant size from eating the berries. What better way to promote the product, Tako figures, than to bring the creature back to Japan? He leads an expedition with Sakurai and Furue to get the berries and the monster. Meanwhile, some American pilots discover the chunk of the glacier Godzilla was sealed in back in 1955. Sakurai's sister's boyfriend Kazuo is busy trying to sell an invisible but super-strong wire, which of course no one wants until Kong escapes... Written by Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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Taglines:

Mighty King Kong! Mighty Godzilla! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

26 June 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1970 Toho Champion Festival)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Japan theatrical release)| Mono (Westrex Sound) (US version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film introduced Godzilla's more well-known and standardized high-pitched roar (which was actually a mix of two of his original 1954 roars, sped up by several cycles). This was a way to tone down Godzilla's darkness from the previous two movies. This ultimately became Godzilla's roar for the remainder of the Showa Godzilla film series, and was also used in the VS/Heisei and Millennium Godzilla film series, albeit with tweaks. See more »

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In a handful of shots, the arm prosthetics used for the Kong suit bend, making it looks like he has two elbows or his forearms are broken. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
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In the credits for the U.S. version, actor Kenji Sahara is listed as "Keji Sahaka." See more »

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A scene where there is a farewell party for Sakurai and Farue is deleted from the American version. This scene is particularly funny because Tako blasts his assistant for not inviting the press corps. See more »

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Followed by Godzilla 1985 (1985) See more »

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Kingu Kongu tai Gojira: Just plain silly
12 July 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

King Kong vs Godzilla picks up from the events of Godzilla Raids Again (1955). We see our big lizard friend broken free of his icy tomb and head off towards Tokyo once more.

But at the same time King Kong just happens to be headed there as well and a conflict between the two seems inevitable, but how much of Japan will be left afterwards?

Now on paper this should have been a grand epic, the two biggest movie monsters facing off. It should have been a true spectacle like Batman vs Superman (2016) should have been, but much like that this fails rather impressively.

The plot is hilarious, unintentionally hilarious. It's so bad and so unbelievable it forces the entire movie into the comedy genre, underlined further by the comedic fight scenes.

The image of King Kong and the balloons will stick with me forever!

With Godzilla flapping his arms around randomly like a bird and King Kong bouncing from walking like a gorrilla to upright as if consistency didn't exist in the 60's the whole thing is the very definition of silly.

Don't get me wrong the film has its moments but this US/Japan collaboration fails on too many fronts and has a serious identity problem.

Not the worst movie of the franchise but perhaps the silliest.

The Good:

The basic conept

The Bad:

Far too comedic in places

Stupidly well groomed native folk

Plot is bafflingly stupid

No consistency with the creatures sizes

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

VS movies are destined to underwhelm

Unbreakable wires will also allow balloons to carry unrealistic weights


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