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King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Kingu Kongu tai Gojira (original title)
Approved | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 26 June 1963 (USA)
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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
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Fumiko Sakurai
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Tamiye
Akemi Negishi ...
Chikiro's Mother (Dancing Girl)
Yoshio Kosugi ...
Farou Island Chief
Yoshifumi Tajima ...
Captain of Fujita's Ship - Japanese version only
Ikio Sawamura ...
Witch Doctor
Someshô Matsumoto ...
Dr. Onuki
Kô Mishima ...
Official
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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Release Date:

26 June 1963 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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(1970 Toho Champion Festival)

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(Japan theatrical release)| (Westrex Sound) (US version)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This marked the series debuts for both Jun Tazaki and Kenji Sahara. Tazaki would appear in five Godzilla films while Sahara would appear in twelve including eight in the Showa era, three in the Hesei era and one in the Millenium era. Also, even though Sahara did appear in the first film, his appearance only amounted to a cameo of only a few seconds. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mr.Tako: King Kong can't make a monkey out of us!
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Crazy Credits

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

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Followed by Gojira tai Hedorâ (1971) See more »

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King Kong versus Godzilla: Battle of the Titans!!
5 August 2005 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) was the meeting of the silver screen monsters. Who would win the championship title of "KIng of the World"? Will Godzilla squash King Kong or will he job to the old master? Can King Kong win fair and square or will he throw in the towel? Godzilla is back from it's last film. The people of earth are shaking in fear because no matter what they do to it, the mean mutated radioactive breathing lizard keeps coming back for more (and flattening Tokyo). Some unlucky people have landed on Skull Island and have awoken the slumbering King Kong. King Kong was at peace with himself (and the painted up natives) until he felt the presence of Godzilla and wants to squash the lizard. A hopped up Godzilla awaits the challenge and the two titans duke it out, the world awaits word on who's will be the winner.

I totally marked out for the movie when I was a kid. I was disappointed when I saw King Kong, he looked so paper mache and nothing like the original. The fights the two had looked like a pro wrestling match. They even put in the posing, sneak attacks, cheating, use of foreign objects and what not. I wished they would release a digitally remastered version of this film in the original language. Now that would be cool!!

Highly recommended.


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