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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

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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Taglines:

The Fate of the World Hangs in the Balance as KING KONG Fights the KING KONG ROBOT! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In Spain the film has been re-released twice in cinemas (American version). At first, in 1977 -in all country- with the title 'Renace Y Ahora: King Kong Escapa' and after, in 2016, was a second re-release only in Barcelona (Phenomena) in 35 mm. copy and dubbed version for 1 day. See more »

Goofs

During some of the North Pole scenes, Dr. Hu's men cast shadows on the painting of the "distance" (mainly snow-capped mountains) on the studio set. See more »

Quotes

[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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Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Referenced in King Kong (2005) See more »

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Kong's soul is in this one
20 November 2010 | by NozzSee all my reviews

I had to move this review over from "Kingu Kongu tai Gojira." Hard to keep the Japanese movies straight when the same monsters keep reappearing. I saw this one under the title "King Kong versus Doctor Who" (that's this one, right?) and cheap though the movie was-- and evidently completely unrelated to the famous Doctor Who of British TV-- I was impressed that Kong and his karma are faithfully characterized in a new story. The writers here understand that the thing about Kong is how his power makes him attractive to ignoble exploiters who, although he could crush them with a finger, have technology and craftiness that level the playing field for them against Kong, more or less. The "more or less" is where the tension of the story comes from. That and the second thoughts about whether civilization is using its dominion over nature wisely. In the original movie Kong was exploited by humans for entertainment; here he is exploited for labor and finds himself in the role of a John Henry whose strength is matched against that of his mechanical counterpart. The symbolism of the original film is not violated but only enriched.


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