102 user 72 critic

King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Kingu Kongu tai Gojira (original title)
Approved | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 26 June 1963 (USA)
1:05 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

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



, (american version) | 1 more credit »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A greedy developer unwittingly hatches a gigantic baby moth upon Tokyo, while Godzilla strikes once again.

Director: Ishirô Honda
Stars: Akira Takarada, Yuriko Hoshi, Hiroshi Koizumi
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After a meteorite unleashes a three-headed beast upon Tokyo, Mothra tries to unite with Godzilla and Rodan to battle the extraterrestrial threat.

Director: Ishirô Honda
Stars: Yôsuke Natsuki, Yuriko Hoshi, Hiroshi Koizumi
Action | Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Godzilla battles an irradiated Ankylosaur and destroys Osaka in the process.

Director: Motoyoshi Oda
Stars: Hiroshi Koizumi, Setsuko Wakayama, Minoru Chiaki
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Aliens from Planet X request the use of Godzilla and Rodan to fight off King Ghidorah, but have a better use for the three monsters.

Director: Ishirô Honda
Stars: Nick Adams, Akira Takarada, Jun Tazaki
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Female aliens take control of Earth's monsters and begin using them to destroy the human race.

Director: Ishirô Honda
Stars: Akira Kubo, Jun Tazaki, Yukiko Kobayashi
Action | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Apelike aliens build a robotic Godzilla to destroy Japan, and the true Godzilla may not be powerful enough to destroy it.

Director: Jun Fukuda
Stars: Masaaki Daimon, Kazuya Aoyama, Reiko Tajima
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Godzilla comes to the rescue when an alien race rebuilds Mechagodzilla to destroy Earth's cities. A traitorous scientist gives them a second weapon: Titanosaurus.

Director: Ishirô Honda
Stars: Katsuhiko Sasaki, Tomoko Ai, Akihiko Hirata
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Time travelers use Godzilla in their scheme to destroy Japan to prevent the country's future economic reign.

Director: Kazuki Ohmori
Stars: Kosuke Toyohara, Anna Nakagawa, Megumi Odaka
Action | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After rising from his volcanic grave, Godzilla is threatened by a mutated rosebush.

Director: Kazuki Ohmori
Stars: Kunihiko Mitamura, Yoshiko Tanaka, Masanobu Takashima
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The United Nations assembles the ultimate weapon to defeat Godzilla, while scientists discover a fresh pteranodon egg on a remote Japanese island.

Director: Takao Okawara
Stars: Masahiro Takashima, Ryoko Sano, Megumi Odaka
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The aftermath of the Oxygen Destroyer brings forth Destoroyah, a beast intent on killing Godzilla, who is on the verge of a nuclear meltdown.

Director: Takao Okawara
Stars: Takurô Tatsumi, Yôko Ishino, Yasufumi Hayashi
Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In the midst of another rampage by Godzilla, Mothra emerges to save the human race from Battra.

Director: Takao Okawara
Stars: Tetsuya Bessho, Satomi Kobayashi, Takehiro Murata


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
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 ...
Sachio Sakai ...
Obayashi (Mr. Tako's assistant)


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The Two Mightiest Monsters Of All Time! See more »


Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:






Release Date:

26 June 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

King Kong vs. Godzilla  »

Box Office


$200,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


(1970 Toho Champion Festival)

Sound Mix:

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


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Rescue Copter Pilot: [the iceberg is breaking open] What's that Al?
[a large creature emerges]
Rescue Copter Pilot: Ah! It's Gojira!
See more »

Crazy Credits

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


Featured in Cheezy Fantasy Trailers (2006) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

King Kong turns Japanese
23 February 2006 | by (Worcester, England) – See all my reviews

Before Freddy VS Jason, before Aliens VS Predator, even before the clash of the titans that is Puppet Master VS Demonic Toys (but after Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man, obviously), there was King Kong VS Godzilla.

Before I proceed with this review, I should point out that the version I have seen is the American one, which is dubbed and had several scenes added featuring a United Nations news broadcast. The original Japanese release was apparently much more satirical in tone, whereas the American version removes all the comedy. It is still enjoyable as a giant monster movie, though.

This movie originally began life as a stop-motion feature entitled KIng Kong VS Frankenstein, and was conceived by Willis O'Brien as a sequel to the 1933 Kong, gradually turning into a Godzilla movie after Toho studios got involved. Although there are some brief stop-motion sequences, it is by and large a typical kaiju ega movie (in other words, it's men in rubber suits). While fans of O'Brien's still-impressive stop-motion work on the original King Kong may be irked by the idea of the big ape being played by a Japanese guy in a suit, I personally think Kong looks pretty cool (it's certainly more impressive than the suit Toho used for their second Kong film, King Kong Escapes).

There are some inconsistencies, most notably the fact that King Kong and Godzilla were radically different sizes in their respective films, but Toho got around this by the simple expedient of ignoring it. We've got two great big monsters beating each other up, so who cares about details? Also, in the original King Kong, the big ape had no special powers beyond being very strong, whereas Godzilla has radioactive breath; Toho addressed this seeming imbalance by having Kong derive strength from electricity, whereas Godzilla is weakened by touching power lines. One point that bugs me a little is the fact that, although this is the third Godzilla film, and the second to feature King Kong, there seems to be no connection to the previous movies. When the two monsters appear, the human characters act as though they have no prior knowledge of them, which seems odd when you take into account Godzilla had twice previously tried to destroy Tokyo, and King Kong did make kind of a mess of New York. King Kong VS Frankenstein was intended as a sequel to the original, but this idea was obviously dropped from the movie it became.

The climactic fight between the two monsters is great fun, sort of a giant sized version of a WWE match, only with more believable physiques and personalities. Kong shoving a tree down Godzilla's throat and the big green guy responding by walloping Kong with his tail are highly entertaining moments; obviously not as spectacular as the scenes of Kong fighting the dinosaurs in either the 1933 original or Peter Jackson's remake, but that's not the point. King Kong VS Godzilla is an enjoyable example of this type of movie; if you're new to the kaiju ega genre, it's an excellent starting point. It's just a shame King Kong VS Frankenstein never got made. Maybe if we all ask Peter Jackson nicely....

21 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Hilarious How Much Help Kong Needed to be Competitive in This Film mustainedisciple
How did Godzilla end up in the iceburg? pelletier-mike
Need Help Finding Title of Monster Film jbuckets
godzilla or king kong? mclancey21
Who is the hottest 'Kong girl'? godzillafreak97
favorite godzilla enemy monster sum_other_guy35434
Discuss King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: