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King Kong vs. Godzilla -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Bruce Howard (american version)
Paul Mason (american version)
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Release Date:
26 June 1963 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The motion picture screen beckons you to adventure that thrills the emotions with shock and terror! See more »
Plot:
A pharmaceutical company captures King Kong and brings him to Japan, where he escapes from captivity and battles a recently released Godzilla. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
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

Mie Hama ... Fumiko Sakurai
Akiko Wakabayashi ... Tamiye
Akemi Negishi ... Chikiro's Mother (Dancing Girl)
Senshô Matsumoto ... Prime Minister
Senkichi Ômura ... TTV Translator Konno
Sachio Sakai ... Obayashi (Mr. Tako's assistant)
Haruya Katô ... Obayashi's assistant
Nadao Kirino ... General's Aide
Kenzô Tabu ... Dreary Newscaster
Shin Ôtomo ... Captain of Vessel
Yoshio Kosugi ... Farou Island Chief
Tatsuo Matsumura ... Dr. Makino
Kô Mishima ... Official
Yoshifumi Tajima ... Captain of Fujita's Ship - Japanese version only
Ikio Sawamura ... Witch Doctor
Ren Yamamoto ... Helicopter Pilot
Harold Conway ... Scientist in Sub
Osman Yusuf ... Submariner
Shôichi Hirose ... Kingukongu

Haruo Nakajima ... Gojira
Katsumi Tezuka ... Gojira
Michael Keith ... Eric Carter (U.S. version only)
James Yagi ... Yutaka Omura (U.S. version only)
Harry Holcombe ... Dr. Arnold Johnson (U.S. version only)
Byron Morrow ... TV Newscaster (U.S. version only)

Les Tremayne ... Narrator (U.S. version only) (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Douglas Fein ... Commander Roberts
Haruo Hirano ... Chikiro - Boy
Takuzô Kumagai ... Police Executive (as Jirô Kumagai)
Masaaki Tachibana ... Member of Press Corp

Gary Collins ... Submariner (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ishirô Honda 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Beck  story "King Kong vs. Prometheus" (uncredited)
Bruce Howard  american version
Paul Mason  american version
Willis H. O'Brien  story "King Kong vs. Frankenstein" (uncredited)
Shin'ichi Sekizawa 
George Worthing Yates  story "King Kong vs. Prometheus"

Produced by
John Beck .... producer
Tomoyuki Tanaka .... producer
 
Original Music by
Akira Ifukube 
 
Cinematography by
Hajime Koizumi 
 
Film Editing by
Reiko Kaneko 
 
Production Design by
Teruaki Abe 
Takeo Kita 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Koji Hashimoto .... third assistant director
Kôji Kajita .... chief assistant director
 
Sound Department
Sadamasa Nishimoto .... sound effects editor
Hisashi Shimonaga .... sound effects
William L. Stevenson .... sound effects editor: USA
 
Special Effects by
Teruyoshi Nakano .... assistant director of special effects
Koichi Takano .... puppet effects
Teizô Toshimitsu .... special effects suit design
Eiji Tsuburaya .... director of special effects
Akira Watanabe .... art director of special effects/gojira and kingukongu suit designs
Fuminori Ôhashi .... special effects technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Sadamasa Arikawa .... director of special effects photography
Kôichi Kawakita .... assistant special effects cameraman
Kuichirô Kishida .... special effects lighting
Yukio Manoda .... optical effects
Hiroshi Mukoyama .... matte process
Sokei Tomioka .... special effects camera operator
Taka Yuki .... optical effects
 
Stunts
Haruo Nakajima .... stunt choreographer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Shoshichi Kojima .... lighting technician
 
Music Department
Robert Emmett Dolan .... composer: stock music (US version)
Joseph Gershenson .... conductor: USA
Henry Mancini .... composer: stock music (US version)
Milton Rosen .... composer: stock music (US version)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (US version)
Herman Stein .... composer: stock music (US version)
Peter Zinner .... music supervisor: American music
 
Other crew
Tom Montgomery .... director: American version
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Kingu Kongu tai Gojira" - USA (original title)
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Runtime:
99 min | Germany:82 min | Japan:98 min | USA:91 min | Argentina:91 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Perspecta Stereo (Japan theatrical release) | Mono (Westrex Recording System) (US version)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | UK:PG | USA:Approved (Certificate #20439) | USA:Not Rated (DVD) | West Germany:12 (nf)
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Trivia:
This film marks a number of firsts for King Kong and Godzilla films: this film was the first time either King Kong and Godzilla were filmed in color and the first time either filmed in wide-screen. This film was also the third film for both King Kong and Godzilla (although this film isn't considered a sequel to the original King Kong or Son of Kong).See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: During the natives' fight with the giant octopus, you can see the shadows of the torches and spears on the backdrop.See more »
Quotes:
Furue:What's happening?
Osamu Sakurai:Giant octopus. Hurry.
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Movie Connections:
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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

What are the differences between the US-Version and the Japanese Version?
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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Before there was "Freddy VS Jason"..., 20 April 2004
Author: DarthBill from United States

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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