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King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Kingu Kongu tai Gojira (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 26 June 1963 (USA)
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A newspaper and television station funded by a pharmaceutical company want a sensation, which happens to be the discovery of King Kong on an island. He is captured and brought to Japan, where he escapes from captivity and battles Godzilla.

Director:

Ishirô Honda

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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>

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Taglines:

The Battle of the Century!! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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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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Trivia

This became one of the most popular films internationally in the original Godzilla series. In the early 1990s, Toho and producer Tomoyuki Tanaka planned to remake this film. However, the new owner of the RKO library, and the underlying copyrights, Turner Entertainment, wanted a license fee for the use of King Kong that was too high for Toho. Toho changed the concept and produced "Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah" (1991) instead. See more »

Goofs

When one of the octopus' tentacles grabs a native (stop-motion) and shakes him around, the native itself is a static doll that does not move (its 'skin' is also much darker than the skin of the human natives around it). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

One scene that was deleted from the American version is the scene on board the ship taking Kazuo to Hokaido to test his wire. It is during that scene that the ship receives the notice to be on the lookout for the stranded submarine. See more »

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Too Bad the Original Version Isn't on DVD
3 March 2003 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

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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