Mr. Tako, the chairman of a pharmaceutical company, learns the roma tomato-sized berries that grow on Farou Island are a miracle cure, and that the natives worship a god called King Kong who has allegedly grown to giant size from eating the berries. What better way to promote the product, Tako figures, than to bring the creature back to Japan? He leads an expedition with Sakurai and Furue to get the berries and the monster. Meanwhile, some American pilots discover the chunk of the glacier Godzilla was sealed in back in 1955. Sakurai's sister's boyfriend Kazuo is busy trying to sell an invisible but super-strong wire, which of course no one wants until Kong escapes...Written by
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Godzilla's appearance greatly changed for his 1962 appearance in the first color movie: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962). King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) was made more as a comedy film than having the "sense of terror" theme in the two previous movies. Because of that, Toho decided to make Godzilla less demeaning. While some American posters (and some Japanese merchandise) of the previous two black and white Godzilla movies showed Godzilla as green, the Kingoji suit revealed Godzilla's true color: charcoal gray. The previous two Godzilla suits were painted brown. On this suit, Godzilla's ears were taken away, and instead of having four toes on each foot, Godzilla had three; a more simplified characteristic for Godzilla, for the remainder of the Showa Godzilla film series. The center dorsal fins were enlarged and the two side dorsal fins decreased in size. The body of Godzilla was bulkier than the last two suits. The head was made longer and a slight frown was added to the side the mouth, a feature that would be seen in some later suits. The pupils were enlarged and the eyes sported a yellow-reddish color. The new features on Godzilla gave him an alligator-like appearance. See more »
When King Kong is throwing rocks at the octopus, the second rock casts a shadow on the painted sky backdrop. See more »
Rescue Copter Pilot:
[the iceberg is breaking open]
What's that Al?
[a large creature emerges]
Rescue Copter Pilot:
Ah! It's Gojira!
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In the credits for the U.S. version, actor Kenji Sahara is listed as "Keji Sahaka." See more »
There is a scene cut from this film. It's a brief scene that occurs while Godzilla is attacking the tanks at the arctic base. It's a far away shot of Godzilla breathing fire but this was done with a nozzle in the Godzilla'S costumes head and the effect wasn't that great so it was snipped. See more »
Even though this is one of my favorite Godzilla films, its too bad that the original version without the added American scenes has never been released in this country and in all likelihood never will. From all accounts, in its original form, this film was a perfect satire on runaway commercialism and the consequences that can happen if people go to far in the pursuit of money. The character of Mr. Tako is probably the greediest man in the history of filmdom and he almost causes the destruction of Tokyo in pursuit of the almighty dollar, or in his case yen. Hopefully one day Universal will come to its senses and release the original Japanese version in the US.
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