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King Kong Escapes (1967)

Kingu Kongu no gyakushû (original title)
King Kong is brought in by an evil ruler to dig for precious gems in a mine when the robot MechaKong is unable to do the task. This leads to the machine and the real Kong engaging in a tremendous battle that threatens to level Japan.

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(as Inoshiro Honda)

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(as Kaoru Mabuchi)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rhodes Reason ...
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Madame Piranha (Madame X)
Linda Miller ...
Lieutenant Susan Watson
Akira Takarada ...
Lt. Commander Jiro Nomura
Hideyo Amamoto ...
Dr. Who (as Eisei Amamoto)
Yoshifumi Tajima ...
Henchman
Sachio Sakai ...
Henchman
Susumu Kurobe ...
Henchman
Nadao Kirino ...
Henchman
Tôru Ibuki ...
Henchman
Kazuo Suzuki ...
Henchman
Ryûji Kita ...
SDF General
Yasuhisa Tsutsumi ...
General
Ikio Sawamura ...
Mondo Islander
Tadashi Okabe ...
Soldier
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Storyline

When a mechanical replica of King Kong is unable to dig for the highly radioactive Element X at the North Pole, the evil Doctor Who and his sponsor Madame Piranha (Madame X in the American release) decide to kidnap the real Kong. As an insurance policy they kidnap Lt. Susan Miller as well as her boyfriend Lt. CommanderJiro Nomura and Cmdr. Carl Nelson (Kong developed a crush on Susan when she Nomura and Nelson visited the Kong at his home on Mondo Island). Kong later escapes and heads for Tokyo. Susan and the others also escape. Who and his minions follow him and activate Mechani-Kong in order to recapture him. Susan is then grabbed by the robot and is taken to the top of Tokyo Tower and a battle ensues between Kong and his robotic replica. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Two King Kongs Fight to the Death! See more »

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Adventure | Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

19 June 1968 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In Germany, many of the classic Japanese giant monster movies from Toho Studios were given an unique spin by inserting references to a certain Dr. Frankenstein into their script, and explaining away many monsters as being his creations. In fact, the name Frankenstein often appeared in the title. This act has caused a lot of confusion for audiences, since no person named Frankenstein ever appeared in any of the films, and at best his existence was merely alluded to. For this movie, the main villain (called Dr. Who in the original version) was thus rechristened to Dr. Frankenstein in a clever attempt to justify the German distributor's odd fascination with Frankenstein and tie the movies together. See more »

Goofs

When fighting the dinosaur, the Kong suit is very clearly falling apart. At one point, when the dinosaur throws him off itself and Kong flips over, part of Kong's neck "peels off" and you can see the stuntman inside. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
First Submariner: Lieutenant.
Lieutenant Susan Watson: Good morning.
Second Submariner: [talking to another crew member] Boy, with a good looking nurse like that on board, I wouldn't mind running a fever.
Lieutenant Susan Watson: Just remember, sailor. I've got lots of castor oil in sick bay. And you too.
Second Submariner: Y-yes, Sir. Ma'am. Lieutenant.
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Referenced in King Kong (2005) See more »

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Great goofy fun
21 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is nothing about this movie that can be taken seriously but unlike the ugly mess "King Kong Lives" this movie is bright, colorful fun that adults will enjoy as a comedy while the kids will get a blast out of the crazy mayhem.

Just thinking about the plot makes me laugh and watching it is never dull, it has such a no holds barred silliness about it and the new DVD release is stunning. I had no idea just how impressive the look of the film was.

The complaints about the film are rather misguided in many ways and there is some serious confusion about it. The female lead Linda Miller was dubbed by another actress, so the complaints about her performance are a bit moot (though the combination of nutty dialog and weird delivery actually help the film for most since it is so funny).

Also this is not a sequel to King Kong Vs Godzilla, Kong in this film is a myth found to be real (and utilized to dig out a cavern for bizarre reasons that just get funnier the more you think about it).

As a last note for anyone interested in King Kong in any of his incarnations seek out Ray Mortons book "King Kong The History of a Movie Icon" released recently. He actually set aside a chapter of the book detailing this film.


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