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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:
King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) *** See more (95 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
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
Michael Keith ... Eric Carter
James Yagi ... Yataka Omura

Gary Collins ... Submariner (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 
 
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) (Blu-ray) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya deliberately gave King Kong a semi-comical personality, because he did not want Kong to frighten young children, and wanted the general audience to root for Kong over the more frightening Godzilla.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When one of the octopus' tentacles grabs a native (stop-motion) and shakes him around, the native itself is a static doll that does not move (its 'skin' is also much darker than the skin of the human natives around it).See more »
Quotes:
Osamu Sakurai:[King Kong is breaking free] There's no reason to argue, destroy it!
Mr.Tako:What? King Kong is under my sponsorship, so, I forbid you to destroy it.
Furue:You dumbbell!
Mr.Tako:Dumbbell?
Furue:King Kong could kill us all! You wouldn't care! Publicity is all you want! Publicity!
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Movie Connections:
References King Kong (1933)See more »

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What are the differences between the US-Version and the Japanese Version?
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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) ***, 15 February 2005
Author: JoeKarlosi from U.S.A.

Any insults and accusations hurled against this beloved movie will fall on deaf ears with me. Admittedly, I am somewhat biased in favor of this entertaining monster romp because it was a regular television staple all during my childhood while I was growing up. It's one of the most enjoyable giant monster movies Toho Studios ever made, and it's certainly one of the best Godzilla films of all. It can be silly, it can be jokey, and it's also a hell of a lot of fun.

I have seen both the U.S. Version and the Japanese Version, and I'll have to confess that while this review will be based on the proper Asian edition, I also have a nostalgic fondness for the American Cut, which actually benefits from some added jokes ("When you and the monster meet, be sure to tell him all about your corn problems!") and the exciting Universal stock music which compliments much of the action.

Godzilla was still a bad guy at this point in time, and I'm among the group who considers his costume here my personal favorite (it was very much like the Aurora model kit, or maybe it was the other way around). It's not very original to bash the obvious awful King Kong suit, so I'll say that while it's definitely kind of ragged, I actually think it's appealing in its unusual weirdness. Kong is more or less painted as the heroic one of these two, and I have to tell you that I absolutely love that native song of worship which is chanted at him by the island dwellers who dance and pray on his home turf. I appreciate it even more when it's used as the title credits music in the Toho version.

The story is silly and simple, but it works. Godzilla is back in town after awakening from the iceberg he froze in at the conclusion of GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN, and so a frustrated pharmaceutical advertiser decides to send a couple of his zany cronies to King Kong's Island to capture and bring back his own monster to give Godzilla some competition. Humor is very well used here, and it works well alongside the usual rampages and city stompings.

The touted "battle of the giants" has been unfairly maligned as looking too much like a "wrestling match," but I don't see how else these creatures are supposed to tangle with one another unless they opted to stare each other down for ten minutes. Not much fun there, I'm afraid! Their climactic fight is well worth the wait and fulfills all expectations. *** out of ****

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