King Kong vs. Godzilla

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King Kong vs. Godzilla - built around a preposterous battle between the huge ape King Kong and the fire-breathing dinosaur Gojira -- marked the beginning of Toho Studios aiming their monster films at children rather than general audiences. Director Ishiro Honda stages the battle scenes atop Mt. Fuji for laughs, as the two lovable beasts play ball with a large boulder and generally behave like professional wrestlers horsing around for the camera. Persistent rumors claim that there exist two different endings to ...
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Overview

King Kong vs. Godzilla - built around a preposterous battle between the huge ape King Kong and the fire-breathing dinosaur Gojira -- marked the beginning of Toho Studios aiming their monster films at children rather than general audiences. Director Ishiro Honda stages the battle scenes atop Mt. Fuji for laughs, as the two lovable beasts play ball with a large boulder and generally behave like professional wrestlers horsing around for the camera. Persistent rumors claim that there exist two different endings to this film, with Godzilla winning in the Japanese version and Kong prevailing in the American print. These rumors are incorrect, as Kong wins in both versions. Gojira survived to battle Mothra the following year in Mosura Tai Gojira, while the Asian Kong returned in King Kong No Gyakushu 1967.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/2009
  • UPC: 025192843624
  • Original Release: 1962
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 2,672

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Keith Eric Carter
James Yagi Yataka Omura
Tadao Takashima O. Sakurai
Mie Hama Fumiko Sakurai
Yu Fujiki Kinsaburo Farue, man with corns
Kenji Sahara Kazoo Fujito
Ichiro Arishima Mr. Tako
Akihiko Hirata Premier Shigezawa
Akiko Wakabayashi Tamiye
Senkichi Omura Konno
Harry Holcombe Dr. Arnold Johnson
Ishiro Honda
Yoshio Kosugi Farou Island Chief
Tatsuo Matsumara Dr. Markino
Haruo Nakajima Gojira
Akemi Negishi Dancing Girl
Sachio Sakai
Ikio Sawamura Witch Doctor
Yoshibumi Tajima Man Aboard Ship (Japanese version only)
Jun Tazaki Masami Shinzo
Katsumi Tezuka Gojira
Les Tremayne Voice Only
Technical Credits
Ishiro Honda Director
Thomas Montgomery Director
John Beck Producer
Robert Emmett Dolan Score Composer
Bruce Howard Screenwriter
Akira Ifukube Score Composer
Takeo Kita Art Director
Hajime Koizumi Cinematographer
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Paul Mason Screenwriter
Milton Rosen Score Composer
Shinichi Sekizawa Screenwriter
Herman Stein Score Composer
Tomoyuki Tanaka Producer
Eiji Tsuburaya Special Effects
Peter Zinner Editor, Musical Direction/Supervision
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- King Kong vs. Godzilla
1. Main Titles [1:07]
2. Unexplained Phenomena [2:25]
3. Amazing Discovery [4:29]
4. Arctic Light [4:52]
5. Prehistoric Creature [3:11]
6. Mysterious Island God [8:15]
7. Heading Home [5:48]
8. Killer Octopus [6:09]
9. Sleeping Giant [3:50]
10. Considered a Menace [6:56]
11. The King Wakes [6:41]
12. Initial Conflict [3:23]
13. Monster Trap [8:38]
14. Entering Tokyo [4:52]
15. Kept Captive [4:49]
16. Operation Airlift [3:27]
17. The Main Event [5:57]
18. Getting Stronger [5:46]
19. Chapter 19 [:01]
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) ** out of *****

    The third entry in the long-running and never-ending Godzilla series, King Kong vs. Godzilla finds the giant ape living on Faro Island with the natives who worship him and Godzilla as he was at the end of Godzilla Raids Again; encased in ice. Looking for a ratings boost, the head of Pacific Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Tako, sends two of his men to Faro Island to retrieve King Kong. In route, Kong awakens and escapes into mainland Japan, shortly after Godzilla emerged from his ice prison. With both monsters rampaging uncontrollably, General Shinzo and Dr. Shigezawa decide to force the two mosnters into a climatic showdown. It's rather surprising, given the return of the original Gojira's director Ishiro Honda and the presence of a lot of great actors such as Jun Tazaki and Kenji Sahara, that the finished product is nothing to write home about. The story drags for a long period of time, the characters are hard to connect with, and the monsters themselves are poorly done. Both costumes, especially the King Kong costume, look atrocious, which is surprising given the craftsmanship special effects supervisor Eiji Tsuburuya and his staff delivered in the past. The film doesn't actually pick up until the end fight, which is certainly a well-done fight. They roll down hills, Godzilla sets King Kong on fire, buildings are destroyed, and in the key best moment of the whole film, King Kong actually flips Godzilla over his back (keep in mind that the suit weighed around 100 pounds and when said suit was flipped, actor Haruo Nakajima was in it). One certainly has to give some credit to Shoichi Hirose for his very physical performance as King Kong. Akira Ifukube, the musical father of Godzilla, also delivers a fantastic score. In the end, however, these few bright spots don't erase the overall weakness of the piece. It's hard to say which is better, the American version or the Japanese version. The American one is tighter and funnier, but the Japanese version has better story and character (relatively speaking). Either way, you'll end up with a mediocre film that, given its title stars, should've been great.

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