Kingu Kongu tai Gojira
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King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) More at IMDbPro »Kingu Kongu tai Gojira (original title)

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In the booklet of the German DVD there is talk of roughly 40 minutes of additional footage in the US Version, thus making it the Godzilla movie with the most extensive editing for Western audiences. However, the details about the difference in time are a little overstated... Still, the last statement could be true. On the one hand, in the US Version there is an entirely new News/TV segment which gives the movie a pseudo-documental touch. They mostly used Western actors, which was probably supposed to be more appealing for local audiences. Additionally, there is some more background information about Godzilla, while other scenes just get explained via the TV segments. It is worth noting that the US version states that Godzilla has been imprisoned in the iceberg he is found in since the Jurassic period, which is factually incorrect as Godzilla is shown being imprisoned in ice at the end of the previous film, Gojira no gyakushû. Effectively, the American version ignores the events of the first two Godzilla films, while the Japanese version does not. On the other hand, the Japanese version goes a little deeper into the storyline of Mr. Tako who is craving for better ratings as well as the relationship between Osamu's sister Fumiko and Fujita - most of the shortening in the US Version affected these storylines. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.

Contrary to popular belief, the US version does not change the outcome of the final confrontation between the titular monsters. In the end of both the American and Japanese versions of the film, King Kong is the monster that emerges victorious. The Japanese version does feature characters speculating that Godzilla survived the battle, and Godzilla's roar is heard along with Kong's at the end of this version, while the US version simply has the characters state that Godzilla has disappeared without a trace before the film ends.


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