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King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Kingu Kongu tai Gojira (original title)
Approved | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 26 June 1963 (USA)
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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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Ishirô Honda
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tadao Takashima Tadao Takashima ... Osamu Sakurai
Kenji Sahara Kenji Sahara ... Kazuo Fujita
Yû Fujiki Yû Fujiki ... Kinsaburo Furue
Ichirô Arishima Ichirô Arishima ... Mr. Tako
Jun Tazaki Jun Tazaki ... General Masami Shinzo
Akihiko Hirata ... Dr. Shigezawa
Mie Hama ... Fumiko Sakurai
Akiko Wakabayashi ... Tamiye
Akemi Negishi ... Chikiro's Mother (Dancing Girl)
Yoshio Kosugi Yoshio Kosugi ... Farou Island Chief
Yoshifumi Tajima Yoshifumi Tajima ... Captain of Fujita's Ship - Japanese version only
Ikio Sawamura Ikio Sawamura ... Witch Doctor
Someshô Matsumoto Someshô Matsumoto ... Dr. Onuki
Kô Mishima Kô Mishima ... Official
Sachio Sakai Sachio Sakai ... Obayashi (Mr. Tako's assistant)
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Storyline

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 Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Now an all-mighty all-new motion picture brings them together for the first time in the colossal class of all time! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

26 June 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

King Kong vs. Godzilla See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,725,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1970 Toho Champion Festival)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Japan theatrical release)| Mono (Westrex Sound) (US version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

There were four live octopuses used in the fight sequence with Kong and the natives, as well as a plastic model. Hot air was blown on them to get them to move and after the filming of the scene was finished, most of them were released except for one, which Eiji Tsuburaya had for dinner. See more »

Goofs

American version: the scene of the helicopter pilot screaming "Godzilla!" when he sees the monster emerging out of the ice is kept in the film, even though it is later explained (via new footage shot for the US release) that this is the first time Godzilla has appeared and no one has heard of him before. See more »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

In the credits for the U.S. version, actor Kenji Sahara is listed as "Keji Sahaka." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Night Visitors (1987) See more »

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One Of The Best Godzilla's
26 January 2014 | by MoviemanSee all my reviews

This was a big leap for Kong and Godzilla: first, this movie was both their first in colour. Next, Godzilla was about 50 ft. taller than Kong, which meant Kong would've had to get bigger. 3rd, was getting the copyright for Kong to verse Godzilla. This movie was close to going in the Godzilla Garbage, just like 'Godzilla vs. Frankenstein'. But it ended up being made, and with big success at the time. The story tells of Godzilla attacking Tokyo once more, destroying everything in his path. One man, who owns his a television channel, is sick of Godzilla, and sends some men out to find a beast to take him on. The men return with King Kong, and all hell breaks lose. A great Friday Flick with some friends. It is an ultimate ******* star performance. So, if you like the 'King Kong' and 'Godzilla' series, then I recommend this movie to YOU!


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