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King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
"Kingu Kongu tai Gojira" (original title)

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A pharmaceutical company captures King Kong and brings him to Japan, where he escapes from captivity and battles a recently released Godzilla.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tadao Takashima ...
Osamu Sakurai
Kenji Sahara ...
Kazuo Fujita
Yû Fujiki ...
Kinsaburo Furue
Ichirô Arishima ...
Mr. Tako
Jun Tazaki ...
General Masami Shinzo
Akihiko Hirata ...
Dr. Shigezawa
...
Fumiko Sakurai
Akiko Wakabayashi ...
Tamiye
Akemi Negishi ...
Chikiro's Mother (Dancing Girl)
Senshô Matsumoto ...
Prime Minister
Senkichi Ômura ...
TTV Translator Konno
Sachio Sakai ...
Obayashi (Mr. Tako's assistant)
Haruya Katô ...
Obayashi's assistant
Nadao Kirino ...
General's Aide
Kenzô Tabu ...
Dreary Newscaster
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Storyline

Mr. Tako, the chairman of a pharmaceutical company, learns of roma tomato-sized berries that grow on Farou Island, are a miracle cure, and that the natives worship a god called Kingkong 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? So 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 superstrong wire, which of course no one wants until Kong escapes... Written by Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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The most colossal conflict the screen has ever known! See more »


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26 June 1963 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Another way to tone down Godzilla's darkness from the previous two movies, the monster's roar has a much higher pitch to it. For the remainder of the Showa series, this remained Godzilla's roar. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where the Japanese explorers reach the island, their guide speaks to the island natives in their language. In the English dubbed version of the movie, you can clearly tell the guide has two different voices. (When he talks to the natives in their language, it is not dubbed over.) See more »

Quotes

Osamu Sakurai: [King Kong is breaking free] There's no reason to argue, destroy it!
Mr.Tako: What? King Kong is under my sponsorship, so, I forbid you to destroy it.
Furue: You dumbbell!
Mr.Tako: Dumbbell?
Furue: King Kong could kill us all! You wouldn't care! Publicity is all you want! Publicity!
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Crazy Credits

In the credits for the U.S. version, actor Kenji Sahara is listed as "Keji Sahaka." See more »


Soundtracks

A SI ANAROI
Music by Akira Ifukube
Lyrics by Akira Ifukube
Performed by the Toho Studio Chorus
Published by Toho Music Publishing
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User Reviews

Cult classic
26 August 2004 | by (Leiden, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This movie is not the movie to see for an epic fight between the two legendary monsters. It's a movie to see for all the fans of badly executed special effects in the true spirit of 50's scifi b-movies. In that respect, it's a true classic. If you enjoyed the Beasty Boys' video for "Intergalactic Planetary", you'd love this movie as a Japanese feature length counterpart. They've got the same quality feel to them, and the same incredible special effects - and here, "incredible" is meant literally.

Some of the highlights of this movie for me: the toy plane a little boy sees hanging in a toystore and makes him stop because he badly wants it, is the same plane that flew in formation attacking Godzilla. And by that I don't mean the same type of plane, but it's the exact same plastic model! Also, true to the original story, King Kong comes from a tropical island. As we all know, the cliché has it such an island is inhabited by black people wearing banana-leaf skirts and toting spears. This being a Japanese production, the natives are played by Japanese, painted black and given curly wigs...

So if you enjoy laughing at the ridiculous details in movies, love to see fights between people wearing halloween suits trying to make it look like the real thing, with some mediocre fireworks in between, you have to see this movie. If you're looking for a credible classic, such as the original King Kong movie, or high-tech special effects and stunning visuals, this is not the one for you ;)


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