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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

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
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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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Now an all-mighty all-new motion picture brings them together for the first time in the colossal class of all time! 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:

$2,725,000 (USA)
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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

Early Toho promotional photos (while production started) used pictures of the original 1933 King Kong and the 1954 (and 1955) Godzilla pasted onto background scenery. These were also seen on posters overseas, including in the US. See more »

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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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Cult classic
26 August 2004 | by (Leiden, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This movie is not the movie to see for an epic fight between the two legendary monsters. It's a movie to see for all the fans of badly executed special effects in the true spirit of 50's scifi b-movies. In that respect, it's a true classic. If you enjoyed the Beasty Boys' video for "Intergalactic Planetary", you'd love this movie as a Japanese feature length counterpart. They've got the same quality feel to them, and the same incredible special effects - and here, "incredible" is meant literally.

Some of the highlights of this movie for me: the toy plane a little boy sees hanging in a toystore and makes him stop because he badly wants it, is the same plane that flew in formation attacking Godzilla. And by that I don't mean the same type of plane, but it's the exact same plastic model! Also, true to the original story, King Kong comes from a tropical island. As we all know, the cliché has it such an island is inhabited by black people wearing banana-leaf skirts and toting spears. This being a Japanese production, the natives are played by Japanese, painted black and given curly wigs...

So if you enjoy laughing at the ridiculous details in movies, love to see fights between people wearing halloween suits trying to make it look like the real thing, with some mediocre fireworks in between, you have to see this movie. If you're looking for a credible classic, such as the original King Kong movie, or high-tech special effects and stunning visuals, this is not the one for you ;)


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