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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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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
Senshô Matsumoto ... Prime Minister
Kô Mishima ... Official
Sachio Sakai ... Obayashi (Mr. Tako's assistant)
Tatsuo Matsumura ... Dr. Makino
Senkichi Ômura ... TTV Translator Konno
Ren Yamamoto ... Helicopter Pilot
Haruya Katô ... Obayashi's assistant
Shin Ôtomo ... Captain of Vessel
Nadao Kirino ... General's Aide
Yasuhisa Tsutsumi
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

Gary Collins ... Submariner (uncredited)
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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 
 
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)
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:
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 | South Korea:15 (2014) | UK:PG | USA:Approved (Certificate #20439) | USA:Not Rated (DVD) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
The idea for this movie was spawned by Willis O'Brien, who had done the special effects for King Kong (1933). In the late 1950s, he tried to drum up interest in a sequel to be titled King Kong vs. Frankenstein. The Frankenstein would have been a giant monster created from different animals. Unable to find an American studio interested in the project, producer John Beck offered the idea to Toho who replaced Frankenstein with Godzilla.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In the scene where the Japanese explorers reach the island, their guide speaks to the island natives in their language. In the English dubbed version of the movie, you can clearly tell the guide has two different voices. (When he talks to the natives in their language, it is not dubbed over.)See more »
Quotes:
[Arriving on Faro island]
Furue:Uh, Sacurai, I'm scared!
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
King Kong versus Godzilla: Battle of the Titans!!, 5 August 2005

King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) was the meeting of the silver screen monsters. Who would win the championship title of "KIng of the World"? Will Godzilla squash King Kong or will he job to the old master? Can King Kong win fair and square or will he throw in the towel? Godzilla is back from it's last film. The people of earth are shaking in fear because no matter what they do to it, the mean mutated radioactive breathing lizard keeps coming back for more (and flattening Tokyo). Some unlucky people have landed on Skull Island and have awoken the slumbering King Kong. King Kong was at peace with himself (and the painted up natives) until he felt the presence of Godzilla and wants to squash the lizard. A hopped up Godzilla awaits the challenge and the two titans duke it out, the world awaits word on who's will be the winner.

I totally marked out for the movie when I was a kid. I was disappointed when I saw King Kong, he looked so paper mache and nothing like the original. The fights the two had looked like a pro wrestling match. They even put in the posing, sneak attacks, cheating, use of foreign objects and what not. I wished they would release a digitally remastered version of this film in the original language. Now that would be cool!!

Highly recommended.

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