King Kong vs. Godzilla ()

Kingu Kongu tai Gojira (original title)
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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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Tadao Takashima ...
Osamu Sakurai
Kenji Sahara ...
Kazuo Fujita
Yû Fujiki ...
Kinsaburo Furue
Ichirô Arishima ...
Mr. Tako
Jun Tazaki ...
General Masami Shinzo
Dr. Shigezawa
Fumiko Sakurai
Chikiro's Mother (Dancing Girl)
Yoshio Kosugi ...
Farou Island Chief
Yoshifumi Tajima ...
Captain of Fujita's Ship - Japanese version only
Ikio Sawamura ...
Witch Doctor
Someshô Matsumoto ...
Dr. Onuki
Kô Mishima ...
Sachio Sakai ...
Obayashi (Mr. Tako's assistant)
Dr. Makino
Senkichi Ômura ...
TTV Translator Konno
Ren Yamamoto ...
Commander of Operation Burial
Haruya Katô ...
Obayashi's assistant
Shin Ôtomo ...
Captain of Vessel
Nadao Kirino ...
General's Aide #1
Yasuhisa Tsutsumi ...
General's Aide #2
Yutaka Nakayama
Toshihiko Furuta
Naoya Kusakawa
Mitsuo Tsuda
Haruko Tôgô
Kenzô Tabu ...
Dreary Newscaster
Takuzô Kumagai ...
Police Executive (as Jirô Kumagai)
Shirô Tsuchiya
Yasuzô Ogawa
Kazuo Suzuki
Hideo Shibuya ...
Member of Press Corp (as Shinpei Mitsui)
Haruya Sakamoto
Hiromi Mineoka
Terumi Oka
Ichirô Chiba
Mieko Kurenai
Douglas Fein ...
Commander Roberts (as Dagurasu Fuên)
Harold Conway ...
Scientist in Sub (as Harorudo Konwei)
Submariner (as Osuman Yusefu)
Gojira / Faro Islander of the monitoring base
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dr. Johnson
Michael Keith ...
Eric Carter
James Yagi ...
Yutaka Omura
Submariner (uncredited)
Robert Dunham ...
US Navy Pilot (uncredited)
Victor Millan ...
Rodrigo Infante (uncredited)
Commander Roberts / General Shinzo / Narrator (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

Ishirô Honda

Written by

Shin'ichi Sekizawa ... (written by)
Paul Mason ... (written by) and
Bruce Howard ... (written by)
John Beck ... (story "King Kong vs. Prometheus") (uncredited)
Merian C. Cooper ... (character created by: King Kong) (uncredited)
Ishirô Honda ... (character created by: Godzilla) (uncredited)
Shigeru Kayama ... (character created by: Godzilla) (uncredited)
Takeo Murata ... (character created by: Godzilla) (uncredited)
Willis H. O'Brien ... (story "King Kong vs. Frankenstein") (uncredited)
Edgar Wallace ... (character created by: King Kong) (uncredited)

Produced by

John Beck ... producer
Tomoyuki Tanaka ... producer

Music by

Akira Ifukube

Cinematography by

Hajime Koizumi

Film Editing by

Reiko Kaneko
Peter Zinner

Editorial Department

Peter Zinner ... editorial supervisor: USA

Production Design by

Teruaki Abe
Takeo Kita

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Koji Hashimoto ... third assistant director
Kôji Kajita ... chief assistant director

Sound Department

Sadamasa Nishimoto ... sound effects editor
Hisashi Shimonaga ... sound effects
William L. Stevenson ... sound effects: USA (as William Stevenson)

Special Effects by

Teruyoshi Nakano ... assistant director of special effects
Koichi Takano ... puppet effects
Teizô Toshimitsu ... special effects suit design
Eiji Tsuburaya ... director of special effects
Akira Watanabe ... art director of special effects/gojira and kingukongu suit designs
Fuminori Ôhashi ... special effects technical advisor (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Sadamasa Arikawa ... director of special effects photography
Kôichi Kawakita ... assistant special effects cameraman
Kyuichirô Kishida ... special effects lighting (as Kuichirô Kishida)
Yukio Manoda ... optical effects
Hiroshi Mukoyama ... matte process
Sokei Tomioka ... special effects camera operator
Taka Yuki ... optical effects


Haruo Nakajima ... stunt choreographer

Camera and Electrical Department

Shoshichi Kojima ... lighting technician

Music Department

Robert Emmett Dolan ... composer: stock music
Joseph Gershenson ... conductor: USA
Henry Mancini ... composer: stock music
Heinz Roemheld ... stock music: english version
Milton Rosen ... composer: stock music
Hans J. Salter ... composer: stock music
Herman Stein ... composer: stock music
Peter Zinner ... music supervisor: American music

Other crew

Tom Montgomery ... director: American version (as Thomas Montgomery)

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines The motion picture screen beckons you to adventure that thrills the emotions with shock and terror! See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • King Kong vs. Godzilla (United States)
  • King Kong vs. Godzilla (World-wide, English title)
  • King Kong contre Godzilla (France)
  • Godzilla - Schlachtfest der Giganten (Germany)
  • King Kong contra Godzilla (Spain)
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  • 97 min
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Box Office

Budget $200,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $14,000,000

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 During the scenes were Godzilla destroys the train, shots of Godzilla walking towards the train are reused several times, making it look like Godzilla walks to the train, smashes it, then starts walking toward the train all over again. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1998). See more »
Crazy Credits In the credits for the U.S. version, actor Kenji Sahara is listed as "Keji Sahaka." See more »
Quotes Furue: My corns always hurt when they're near a monster.
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