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King Kong Escapes (1967)

Kingu Kongu no gyakushû (original title)
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.

Director:

Ishirô Honda (as Inoshiro Honda)

Writer:

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

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 <Sargebri@att.net>

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Two King Kongs Fight to the Death! See more »

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Adventure | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Japan | USA

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

19 June 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

King Kong Escapes See more »

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Gross USA:

$2,180,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In the film, Doctor Hu is trying to get some Element X by digging into the land under the ice at the North Pole. There is no land under the North Pole, but there is a lot of it under the South Pole. See more »

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[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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The version of the film shown on television deleted Dr. Who's death scene due to its rather gruesome nature. However, it was restored in the DVD release. See more »

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Campy Fun
28 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

King Kong Escapes (1967)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

An evil doctor creates a mechanical King Kong who he plans on using to dig up some diamonds. The mechanical version malfunctions so the doctor decides to steal the real Kong and use him for his evil deeds.

KING KONG ESCAPES is a pretty darn bad movie on so many different levels. I'm not sure what the budget was but it looks even cheaper than what money Toho gave KING KONG VS GODZILLA and that's really saying something. If you enjoy these "man in costume" monster movies then I'm sure you'll get a kick out of this one. With that said, if you're expecting something like the original KING KONG then it's best that you stay far away from this.

The film does offer up some cheap, campy entertainment and most of this comes from the actual monsters. Yes, the effects and costumes look incredibly cheap but this is where the camp value comes from and there are some fun moments to be had. This King Kong looks really, really cheap and he's also quite small looking. With that said, it's still somewhat fun seeing him battle other fake looking dinosaurs and even the robot version of Kong.

The problem with KING KONG ESCAPES is that the 96-minute running time seems longer than GONE WITH THE WIND. I mean, the film just drags out so badly and the pacing is just downright awful. Even worse is the fact that whenever the monsters aren't on the screen everything drags even worse. The human characters are all rather lame and the dialogue is just as bad.


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