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Kingu Kongu tai Gojira (1962)

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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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Mighty King Kong! Mighty Godzilla! See more »


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Release Date:

26 June 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

King Kong vs. Godzilla  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film marks a number of firsts for King Kong and Godzilla films: this film was the first time either King Kong and Godzilla were filmed in color and the first time either filmed in wide-screen. This film was also the third film for both King Kong and Godzilla (although this film isn't considered a sequel to the original King Kong or Son of Kong). See more »

Goofs

In the scene where the soldier is delivering the message that King Kong is on his way to Tokyo, the soldier delivering the message calls General Shinzo General Kenzo. See more »

Quotes

[Arriving on Faro island]
Furue: Uh, Sacurai, I'm scared!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Spoofs Godzilla (1954) 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

 
My Most Watched Godzilla Movie
2 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have the American Version and I really like it. The basic premise of the movie is given away in the title. King Kong versus Godzilla is truly the battle of the ages, between the two most famous monsters. They make the 'Alien' look like a wimp. Akihiko Hirata as Dr. Shigezawa is great in his role even though quite limited. He, as usual, is intelligent and cerebral and his statement, " or the monster will kill us all" pretty much sums up the problem they are facing. His presence adds continuity to the film since he was the real hero of the original Godzilla, King of the Monsters. The main female actress is unbearably helpless and is by no means a 'Fay Wray'. The Kong suit is ridiculously poor but who cares. I guess Kong is supposed to be the good guy in this flick if either can be considered good. I loved the scene where Dr. Johnson, paleontologist(?), holds up the text book to compare Godzilla to a T-Rex and a stegosaurus. The book just has to be a part of the kids Golden Book series and I loved the when he likened Godzilla's brain to a marble. With 'K'and'G' stepping on everything in sight, I always wonder why it never seems to hurt their feet. The native girl that does the lead dancing on the island is the prettiest Japanese woman I have ever seen and in my view should have been the key actress. I watch this film more than any Godzilla movie in my vast collection. Sit back with a big bowl of popcorn and enjoy.


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