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King Kong Designs
The GoroKongu in King Kong Escapes
Type Suit

Nicknames ShodaiGorira

Portrayed by Haruo Nakajima
Used in King Kong Escapes,
Go! Greenman

The GoroKongu (ゴロコング?) is the King Kong suit design used in the 1967 Toho film, King Kong Escapes, as well as the 1973 television series, Go! Greenman.


The GoroKongu's name comes from the name of another monster in King Kong Escapes, Gorosaurus (ゴロザウルス?), and Kongu, which comes from King Kong's Japanese name, Kingu Kongu (キングコング?).

In Go! Greenman, the ShodaiGorira's name comes from shodai (初代?), meaning first generation, and Gorira (ゴリラ?), the Japanese word for Gorilla, which was the name that King Kong was called in the show.


The GoroKongu looked much like the ShodaiKongu, still covered in brown fur except for the face, chest, hands and feet, and with the most noticeable difference being the suit's head. The head is now bigger, with bigger eyes, mouth and a shorter neck. The suit's arms are longer, and more hair covers the hands. Its legs are somewhat shorter, but the feet show no considerable difference. The suit also seems to be somewhat top-heavy.

Seven years later, the suit was reused in the series Go! Greenman for the kaiju, Gorilla. The suit is also called the ShodaiGorira (初代ゴリラ?).



King Kong Escapes


King Kong Escapes

Go! Greenman

Post Production





  • To make the suit feel more ape-like, poles were put into the arms of the suit for the suit actor to hold on to. This also helped the suit actor make more natural movements with the suit's long arms.
    • By the time the suit was needed for Go! Greenman, the poles had been removed. Because of this, it was harder for the suit actor to make realistic movements. Throughout the episode the suit's arms would flail around very unnaturally.
  • A second GoroKongu head was created for closeup shots of Kong.

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