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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 pharmaceutical company captures King Kong and brings him to Japan, where he escapes from captivity and battles a recently released 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:

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:

Not Rated | 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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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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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

In the American version by Universal International, footage from The Mysterians (1957) was used. The Mysterians' satellite was passed off as the "satellite" for the UN World News program. Scenes with people evacuating, with military helping them onto vehicles, is placed in the middle of Kong's initial rampage in Chiba (or Tokyo in the US version). A shot of Mount Fuji from that film was used in the beginning of the scene when the human characters are driving on their way to see Kong fight Godzilla in the climax. And when Kong and Godzilla fall into the ocean near the end, various shots of the resulting tidal wave, earthquake and landslide were used from that film. See more »

Goofs

When the Japanese men go ashore on Faro Island, their equipment is visible on the rocks. A subsequent long shot where they are escorted away by the natives shows the equipment is nowhere to be found. See more »

Quotes

[Arriving on Faro island]
Furue: Uh, Sakurai, I'm scared!
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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

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 »

Connections

Followed by Shin Godzilla (2016) See more »

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One Of The Best Godzilla's
26 January 2014 | by Movieman4950See 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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