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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:
Shin'ichi Sekizawa (written by) and
Bruce Howard (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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User Reviews:
Cult classic See more (96 total) »

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)
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)
Tatsuo Matsumura ... Dr. Makino
Senkichi Ômura ... TTV Translator Konno
Ren Yamamoto ... Commander of Operation Burial
Haruya Katô ... Obayashi's assistant
Shin Ôtomo ... Captain of Vessel
Nadao Kirino ... General's Aide #1
Yasuhisa Tsutsumi ... General's Aide #2
Yutaka Nakayama
Toshihiko Furuta
Naoya Kusakawa
Mitsuo Tsuda
Haruko Tôgô
Kenzô Tabu ... Dreary Newscaster
Takuzô Kumagai ... Police Executive (as Jirô Kumagai)
Shirô Tsuchiya
Yasuzô Ogawa
Kazuo Suzuki
Hideo Shibuya ... Member of Press Corp (as Shinpei Mitsui)
Haruya Sakamoto
Hiromi Mineoka
Terumi Oka
Ichirô Chiba
Mieko Kurenai
Douglas Fein ... Commander Roberts (as Dagurasu Fuên)
Harold Conway ... Scientist in Sub (as Harorudo Konwei)
Osman Yusuf ... Submariner (as Osuman Yusefu)
Shôichi Hirose ... Kingukongu

Haruo Nakajima ... Gojira
Katsumi Tezuka ... Gojira
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Holcombe ... Dr. Johnson
Michael Keith ... Eric Carter
James Yagi ... Yutaka Omura

Gary Collins ... Submariner (uncredited)

Les Tremayne ... Commander Roberts / General Shinzo / Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Ishirô Honda 
 
Writing credits
Shin'ichi Sekizawa (written by)

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)

Produced by
John Beck .... producer
Tomoyuki Tanaka .... producer
 
Original Music by
Akira Ifukube 
 
Cinematography by
Hajime Koizumi 
 
Film Editing by
Reiko Kaneko 
Peter Zinner (english version)
 
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: USA (as William Stevenson)
 
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
 
Editorial Department
Peter Zinner .... editorial supervisor: USA
 
Music Department
Robert Emmett Dolan .... composer: stock music (US version)
Joseph Gershenson .... conductor: USA
Henry Mancini .... composer: stock music (US version)
Heinz Roemheld .... stock music: english 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 (as Thomas Montgomery)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Kingu Kongu tai Gojira" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
Germany:82 min | Japan:97 min | USA:91 min | Argentina:91 min | Japan:74 min (1970 Toho Champion Festival)
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Japan theatrical release) | Mono (Westrex Recording System) (US version)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | South Korea:15 (2014) | UK:PG | USA:Approved (Certificate #20439) | USA:Not Rated (DVD) (Blu-ray) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Quotes:
[King Kong has just encountered Godzilla]
Osamu Sakurai:Oh, I'll bet Kong has no chance.
Mr. Tako:I'll toss you... Heads for King Kong.
[he flips the coin]
Mr. Tako:Tails...
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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Cult classic, 26 August 2004
Author: a-m-bloem from Leiden, Netherlands

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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