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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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User Reviews:
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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)
Tadashi Okabe ... Soldier
Hideo Shibuya ... Member of Press Corp
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: 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" - 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:
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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:
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:
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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What are the differences between the US-Version and the Japanese Version?
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Monster Classic, 12 August 2007
Author: Johnnycitystar from United States

This is probably one of my favorite Godzilla Films this is where he really shines in this movie.Same goes for King Kong.Right now I'm going to review the Japanese version since I saw it a couple of days ago.

It starts off with Mr. Tako who hates the fact he has a boring television show and is upset that he has the lowest rating in Japan.so he tries to find a way to boost up the rating.he hears about a professor that there's a monster on an island and Tako falls in love with the idea.so he sends his employees Sakurai and Furue to the to see if there really is a monster.Meanwhile in the Arctic ocean a submarine find a glowing iceberg and approaches it.Back in Japan Mr. Tako is throwing a going away party for Sakurai and Furue and tells them if they don't bring nothing they are fired.Back to the artier ocean The Submarine is close to the iceberg but it's then destroyed bursting into flames.soon enough a helicopter goes to check the site and find out not only the submarine is destroyed but that Godzilla is here.The return of Godzilla is all over Japan and Military defenses have thoughts about using the atom bomb on Godzilla.soon enough Godzilla Destroyes a military base and is all over the newspapers and television.Tako is furious that Godzilla is taking up all the media and wants a monster quickly.meanwhile Sakurai and Furue land on the island and are capture by natives but demand to find the monster.soon enough Godzilla heads to northern japan where Sakurai's sister Fumiko is looking for her boyfriend Fujita.Godzilla attack a train but Fumiko is saved by Fujita who is looking for her.back on the island Sakurai and Furue fight a giant octopus and is defeated by no other than King Kong soon enough after the fight King Kong drink a juice that will put you to sleep.after that King Kong is on a raft heading to Japan Tako is happy to the fact that King Kong is now more popular than Godzilla.soon King Kong is free from his raft heads to japan and fights Godzilla so who will win this fight King Kong Or Godzilla? The Japanese version is a lot better than the USA Version Better Music,Better acting and more funnier.Ichiro Arishima and Yu Fujiki who play Mr. Tako and Furue are really the funniest out of all the characters and in the Japanese version it's laugh out loud. there a scene where Tako is talks to a guy and bets that King Kong will beat Godzilla and is about to fight this guy.there's scenes where he's on the ship and tries to pursed the other not to kill King Kong and hits the TNT Denantor.Tadao Takashima who plays Sakurai gives a solid performance but when around Furue it's funny when he's angry and yelling at him.Kenji Sahara who plays Fujita is given yet another Dead-Pan Role and gives a bland performance except when Fumiko is prated by Kong.Akihiko Hirata who plays the Dead-pan Scientist role and also gives a bland performance but not his fault really the acting is not all that bad but for those whose hasn't the Japanese version hurry up and go see it.

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