King Kong Escapes (1967)
"Kingu Kongu no gyakushû" (original title)

G  |   |  Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  19 June 1968 (USA)
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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.


(as Inoshiro Honda)


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


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 <>

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Two King Kongs Fight to the Death!


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Release Date:

19 June 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

King Kong Escapes  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The way Kong kills Gorosaurus, by splitting his jaws apart, is the same way the original Kong kills the tyrannosaurus in the original King Kong (1933). See more »


During some of the North Pole scenes, Dr. Hu's men cast shadows on the painting of the "distance" (mainly snow-capped mountains) on the studio set. See more »


[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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King Kong Japanese Style
18 December 1999 | by (Califorina, US) – See all my reviews

A very pleasing movie, that has a total of 4 kaiju's (giant Monsters) in it. They are King Kong, Mechani Kong, a Giant Sea Snake, and Gorosaurus (from Destroy All Monsters fam). This movie is filled with a lot of action, and goes at a fast pace. The Kajiu fights are great and numerous. And Dr. Huu makes a very good villain, although he is a little trigger happy (he kills every one in the movie with at least three shots from his gun). Over all a very good kajiu movie.

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