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King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Kingu Kongu tai Gojira (original title)
Approved | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 26 June 1963 (USA)
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 overview, first billed only:
Tadao Takashima ...
Kenji Sahara ...
Yû Fujiki ...
Ichirô Arishima ...
Jun Tazaki ...
General Masami Shinzo
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Dr. Shigezawa
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Fumiko Sakurai
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Tamiye
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Yoshio Kosugi ...
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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The motion picture screen beckons you to adventure that thrills the emotions with shock and terror! See more »


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Release Date:

26 June 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,725,000
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Runtime:

(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

Godzilla has three toes in this movie instead of four. In Japan, the number four is an unlucky number, so for his more positive or comical appearances in the first series of Godzilla films, he would keep having only three toes. When Toho later brought Godzilla back to his darker, more serious roots in the 80s, he went back to having four toes again. See more »

Goofs

In the scenes aboard the submarine Seahawk, the captain is wearing white gloves. This is part of the dress uniform for the Imperial Navy but not the U.S. Navy. See more »

Quotes

[Japanese version]
Mr.Tako: We scored a full-page display in the newspapers. Why don't we take a photo of him smiling to put in our ads?
Osamu Sakurai: Do you think King Kong smiles?
Mr.Tako: We get him to smile.
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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

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Before there was "Freddy VS Jason"...
20 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

Godzilla escapes from an ice berg and King Kong is found on an island that has lots of kick ass berries on it which the natives grind into a juice for Kong to drink. After throwing boulders at a giant octopus and drinking the juice, Kong falls asleep and the local Japanese TV guys "ape nap" him and bring him back to Japan so their boss can exploit the big monkey for all he's worth. But en route, the Japanese government order the TV guys to send Kong back his home island because they've got enough problems with Godzilla as it is, they don't need a giant monkey on the rampage as well. Kong escapes and this leads to the inevitable clash of titans as Godzilla battles Kong for the right to demolish Tokyo.

The original Kong from the 1933 film was only 50 feet tall while Godzilla is 400 feet tall, so they had to make Kong a lot bigger for this film and in order to make the odds more even for him they endowed him with the ability to draw strength from lightning bolts. The King Kong suit is hopelessly phony to look at though.

The American version is a travesty that serves merely as filler until the big finale, with a reporter who really makes you long for Raymond Burr's reporter man Steve Martin. Whether or not the Japanese version ever becomes available in America remains to be seen, but hey, see whatever version you can get just to see Kong ram a ridiculously huge tree down Godzilla's throat!


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