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
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The first Godzilla film to use Toho's "Big Pool" (originally built for the studio under the supervision of special effects wizard Eiji Tsuburaya for Hawai Middowei daikaikûsen: Taiheiyô no arashi (1960)) for water scenes. The Big Pool would be used for all water scenes in the Toho-produced Godzilla films (and other Toho tokusatsu films and TV series), until Gojira: Fainaru uôzu (2004), upon the completion of which the Big Pool was demolished. See more »
In the U.S. version, when Fumiko is grabbed by Kong, the English dubbing voice yells out "Fujito" instead of "Fujita." See more »
We scored a full-page display in the newspapers. Why don't we take a photo of him smiling to put in our ads?
Do you think King Kong smiles?
We get him to smile.
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In the credits for the U.S. version, actor Kenji Sahara is listed as "Keji Sahaka." See more »
Director Ishiro Honda, who first brought The Big G to the screen in the brilliant 1954 film GOJIRA (re-edited in the US as Godzilla King of the Monsters) decided to scrap the heavy messages and themes of the original film when he made King Kong vs. Godzilla, however he does appeared to have had a great deal of fun making this goofy rubber monster classic. Godzilla breaks out of an iceberg he was imprisoned in and heads to knock down Tokyo. Meanwhile, a pharmaceutical company discovers King Kong on an island full of Japanese actors in blackface playing the natives (!) and the flamboyant CEO decides to bring Kong to Japan as a publicity stunt. The government decides to pit the two titans against each other on the top of Mount Fuji in the climatic scene of the movie. Much of this film is film is intentionally goofy, particularly the island scenes. The screenwriters decided that electricity makes King Kong stronger, but it weakens Godzilla (to make sure it would be a fair fight). Honda also put in several homages (parodies) to the original 1933 King Kong. The final battle on Mount Fuji is similar to watching WWF wrestling, except better, because they're wearing monster suits. If you want a film with epic romance and sweeping drama, you should watch Gone With the Wind, but if you're in the mood for campy monsteriffic fun like only the Japanese can do, watch this.
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