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*'''''The Triumph of King Kong''''' (''Il trionfo di King Kong''; Italy)
  

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Godzilla Films
Godzilla Raids Again
King Kong vs. Godzilla
Mothra vs. Godzilla
King Kong Films
Son of Kong
King Kong vs. Godzilla
King Kong Escapes
King Kong vs. Godzilla
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The Japanese poster for King Kong vs. Godzilla
Directed by Ishiro Honda
Producer(s) Tomoyuki Tanaka, John Beck
Written by Shinichi Sekizawa, Willis O'Brien,
George Worthing Yates
Music by Akira Ifukube
Distributor TohoJP
Universal InternationalUS
Rating Not Rated
Budget $12,000US
Box office ¥352,000,000[1]
Running time 97 minutesJP
(1 hour, 37 minutes)
91 minutesUS
(1 hour, 31 minutes)
Aspect ratio 2.35:1
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Godzilla wins? Kong wins? The great duel of the century! (ゴジラ勝つか?コング勝つか?世紀の大決斗!)
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— Japanese tagline

Who will win? 2 giant monsters rampage throughout Japan! (どちらが勝つか?日本中を暴れまわる2大怪獣!)
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— 1970 Japanese tagline

Monster against monster! Battle of the century!
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— International tagline

The two mightiest monsters of all time! ...In the most colossal conflict the screen has ever known!
Mighty King Kong! Mighty Godzilla! Now an all-mighty all-new motion picture brings them together for the first time in the colossal clash of all time!
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— American taglines

King Kong vs. Godzilla (キングコング対ゴジラ,   Kingu Kongu tai Gojira, lit. King Kong Against Godzilla) is a 1962 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Toho, and the third installment in the Godzilla series as well as the Showa series. The film was released to Japanese theaters on August 11, 1962,[2] and to American theaters on June 26th, 1963. It was released as a part of Toho's 30th anniversary celebration.

Plot

The Bering Sea's currents are mysteriously rising in temperature, causing the area's sea ice to melt and break up. The United Nations sends a scientific team to investigate the cause of the phenomenon. The investigation is covered by the Wonderful World Series, a Japanese documentary program, sponsored by Pacific Pharmaceuticals.

Mr. Tako, the advertising department director of Pacific Pharmaceuticals, is frustrated with the television program his company is sponsoring and wants something to boost his ratings. When company botanist Doctor Makioka tells Tako about a giant monster he discovered on the small Faro Island, Tako believes that it would be a brilliant idea "...with a punch" to use the monster to gain publicity. Tako immediately sends two men, Osamu Sakurai and Kinsaburo Furue, to find and bring back the monster from Faro.

Meanwhile, the United Nations submarine Seahawk gets caught in the same iceberg that Godzilla was trapped in by the JSDF seven years earlier in 1955. As an American rescue helicopter circles the iceberg, Godzilla breaks out and heads towards a nearby JSDF base in Hokkaido. The base's forces, of course, are ineffective against Godzilla. Godzilla's appearance is all over the press and makes Tako angry. As Tako is complaining about Godzilla's media hype to his employees, one of them exclaims "And... there's a movie too!"

Meanwhile on Faro Island, a Giant Octopus attacks the local village. The island's giant god, King Kong, finally makes his appearance and defeats the monster. Kong then drinks some red berry juice and falls asleep in the midst of a celebratory dance by the natives. Sakurai and Furue place Kong on a large raft and begin to transport him back to Japan. Back at Pacific Pharmaceuticals, Tako is excited because Kong is now all over the press instead of Godzilla. As Tako is out of the room, one of the employees ask which is stronger between King Kong and Godzilla. Another employee responds "Stupid, it's not a wrestling match!" Tako walks back in the room and exclaims "Fantastic! There's an idea!"

Mr. Tako arrives on the Taian Maru, the ship transporting Kong, but unfortunately, the JMSDF also arrive, and order the ship to return to Faro, before boarding the ship to inspect it. During a small scuffle over a detonator, Tako accidentally presses the lever down himself, which fails to blow up the raft, but Kong soon begins to awaken. Sakurai and Furue fire their rifles at the dynamite on the raft, successfully blowing it up. However, Kong survives the explosion and rises from the sea, then travels to Japan alone. As Kong meets up with Godzilla in a valley, Tako, Sakurai, and Furue have difficulty avoiding the JSDF to watch the fight. Eventually they find a spot. Kong throws some large rocks at his opponent, but Godzilla retaliates with his atomic ray, so King Kong retreats.

The JSDF constantly try and stop both Kong and Godzilla but are mostly ineffective. They set up some power lines around Tokyo filled with a million volts of electricity (compared to the 50,000 volts used against the original Godzilla in 1954). The electricity is too much for Godzilla and drives him away, but it seems to make King Kong stronger. Kong enters Tokyo and kidnaps Sakurai's sister Fumiko, then climbs to the top of the National Diet Building with her in his hand. The JSDF explode capsules full of the berry juice from Faro Island and successfully render Kong unconscious. Tako approved of this plan because he "...didn't want anything bad to happen to Kong." The JSDF then decide to transport Kong via balloons to Mount Fuji, where Godzilla currently us, in hope that they will fight each other to their deaths.

The next morning, Kong is dropped onto Mount Fuji near Godzilla and the two begin to fight. Godzilla eventually knocks Kong unconscious but then a thunderstorm arrives and revives King Kong, giving him the power of an electric grasp. The two clash once again, with Kong shoving a tree in Godzilla's mouth before Godzilla burns the tree with his atomic breath. The two monsters continue fighting, tearing down Atami Castle in the process, and eventually plunge into the sea, causing a small earthquake. After an underwater battle, only King Kong resurfaces, and begins to slowly swim back home to Faro. As Kong swims home, onlookers aren't sure if Godzilla survived the underwater fight, but speculate that it was possible.

Staff

Main article: King Kong vs. Godzilla/Credits.

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

Cast

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Tadao Takashima   as   Osamu Sakurai
  • Kenji Sahara   as   Kazuo Fujita
  • Yu Fujiki   as   Kinsaburo Furue
  • Ichiro Arishima   as   Mr. Tako
  • Mie Hama   as   Fumiko Sakurai
  • Jun Tazaki   as   General Masami Shinzo
  • Akiko Wakabayashi   as   Tamiye
  • Akihiko Hirata   as   Prof. Shigesawa
  • Somesho Matsumoto   as   Prof. Onuki
  • Akemi Negishi   as   Faro Island Native Chikiro's Mother
  • Senkichi Omura   as   TTV Translator Konno
  • Sachio Sakai   as   Mr. Tako's Assistant Obayashi
  • Haruya Kato   as   Obayashi's Assistant
  • Nadao Kirino   as   General's Aide
  • Yoshio Kosugi   as   Faro Island Chief
  • Shin Otomo   as   Taian Maru Captain
  • Yoshibumi Tajima   as   Shinsei Maru No. 2 Captain
  • Kenzo Tabu   as   Wonderful World Series Presenter
  • Harold Conway   as   Scientist on Submarine
  • Shoichi Hirose   as   King Kong
  • Haruo Nakajima   as   Godzilla

American Cast

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Harry Holcombe   as   Dr. Arnold Johnson
  • Michael Keith   as   Eric Carter
  • James Yagi   as   Yutaka Omura
  • Byron Morrow   as   Newscaster
  • Les Tremayne   as   Commander Roberts / General Shinzo / Narrator (voice)


Appearances

Monsters

Weapons, Vehicles, and Races


Production

One of King Kong's original creators, Willis O'Brien, had created a treatment for a film in the 60's called King Kong vs. Frankenstein. O'Brien planned on using stop motion animation, like he had in the original King Kong, to bring the monsters to life. O'Brien sparked the interest of producer John Beck with some concept art and several screenplay treatments to make the film. However, the cost of stop motion animation prevented the film from being put into production. Beck took O' Brien's main idea to Toho, who was planning to bring Godzilla back to the big screen after his seven year absence since Godzilla Raids Again. Toho also wanted a big movie to celebrate their thirtieth year in production. The O'Brien treatment was changed to have Godzilla battle King Kong instead of Frankenstein's monster.

Eiji Tsuburaya had toyed with the idea of using Willis O'Brien's stop motion technique instead of the suitmation process used in his films, though budgetary and time concerns prevented him from using the process. However, there are a couple of brief scenes where Honda makes use of stop motion photography. The first use of it is in the scene where the Giant Octopus grabs one of the natives and swings him around. Another is the scene during Kong's fight with Godzilla, where it is used when Godzilla hits Kong with a jump-kick.

Gallery

Main article: King Kong vs. Godzilla/Gallery.

Soundtrack

Main article: King Kong vs. Godzilla (Soundtrack).

Alternate Titles

  • King Kong Against Godzilla (Literal Japanese title)
  • The Return of King Kong (Die Rückkehr des King Kong; Germany)
  • (Godzilla-) Battle-Party of the Giants ((Godzilla-) Schlachtfest der Giganten; German video title)
  • The Triumph of King Kong (Il trionfo di King Kong; Italy)

Theatrical Releases

View all posters for the film here.

  • Japan - August 11, 1962[2]   [view poster]Japanese 1962 (original release) poster; July 25, 1964 (Re-Release)   [view poster]Japanese 1964 poster; March 21, 1970 (Second Re-Release)   [view poster]Japanese 1970 poster; March 19, 1977 (Third Re-Release)   [view poster]Japanese 1977 poster; July 14, 2016 (4K Digital Restoration)[3]   [view poster]4K Restoration poster
  • United States - June 26th, 1963   [view poster]American poster
  • England - 1962
  • Mexico - 1962   [view poster]Mexican poster
  • Germany - 1974   [view poster]German poster
  • France - 1976   [view poster]French poster
  • Belgium - 1976   [view poster]Belgian poster
  • Italy - 1976   [view poster]Italian poster
  • Spain - 1978   [view poster]Spain poster

U.S. Release

American King Kong vs. Godzilla poster

In November 1962, King Kong vs. Godzilla played at the Nippon Theater in Honolulu, Hawaii, in Japanese with English subtitles.

An English version of King Kong vs. Godzilla was prepared by producer John Beck, who felt that Toho's version of the film wouldn't play well to American audiences. He hired writers Bruce Howard and Paul Mason to "Americanize" the film. Peter Zinner was brought in as an editor for Beck's version. Among the alterations made for the North American theatrical release are:

  • Dialogue was dubbed at Ryder Sound Services, Inc. in Hollywood. The new dialogue often strayed heavily from the Japanese script. Howard and Mason's script is still comedic at times but eliminates most of the humor in Shinichi Sekizawa's original screenplay.
  • Akira Ifukube's musical score was largely replaced by music from the Universal and Mutel libraries. The composers of the added music included Hans J. Salter (The Golden Horde, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Wichita Town, Against All Flags, Man-Made Monster), Heinz Roemheld (The Monster That Challenged the World), Henry Mancini, Herman Stein (also Creature from the Black Lagoon), Paul Sawtell, Bert Shefter (The Deerslayer), and Herschel Burke Gilbert (The City Sleeps).[4] Ifukube's Faro Island native chant and an exotic jungle cue are the only tracks carried over from the original soundtrack.
  • Deleted: Many of the comic scenes integral in the original storyline. Mr. Tako's initial introduction and other interactions with his staff in the advertising wing of Pacific Pharmaceuticals throughout the course of the film were removed.
  • Deleted: A scene where Osamu Sakurai plays drums while recording a commercial. Later, Furue tells him he is to go to Faro Island.
  • Shortened: The dinner at Fujita's apartment. Sakurai is not shown coming home from work to find nary a meal or Fumiko present, who has left to have her "fill" at her boyfriend's instead. Sakurai catching the two off guard in a moment of amorousness is not shown, either.
  • Deleted: A farewell party for Sakurai and Furue.
  • Altered: The subplot of Fujita aboard the ship Shinsei Maru No. 2 to conduct tests on the strength of his high tensile wire. The scene of Fujita talking to the ship's captain, played by Yoshibumi Tajima, about Fumiko is deleted. After he makes an early departure at Nemuro in Hokkaido, Godzilla is blamed for the sinking of the vessel. In the U.S. version's storyline, a fatal plane crash is substituted as the motivation for Fumiko to search for Fujita in Hokkaido, and Fujita tells Tamiye upon returning to Tokyo he missed the flight instead.
  • Deleted: Newspapers showing Godzilla's attacks.
  • The scene where King Kong and Godzilla first meet is in a different time spot.
  • The climatic earthquake is much more powerful in the U.S version, utilizing stock footage from the film The Mysterians in order to make the earthquake much more violent than the tame tremor seen in the Japanese version. This footage contains the ground splitting open and massive tidal waves which flood nearby valleys.
  • The most notable alteration in this version is the addition of new scenes featuring United Nations reporter Eric Carter, played by Michael Keith, paleontologist Dr. Arnold Johnson, played by Harry Holcombe, and Japanese correspondent Yataka Omura, played by James Yagi, in a series of pseudo-news broadcasts. These scenes make changes to the monsters' origins and characteristics, such as suggesting that Kong grew to his gigantic size by eating the berries native to Faro Island (referred to as "Soma" in this version) and that Godzilla has been imprisoned inside the iceberg since the Mesozoic era, ignoring the events of Godzilla and Godzilla Raids Again. Stock footage of the Mysterian Space Station from The Mysterians is added into these scenes to substitute as a United Nations satellite. These segments were directed by Thomas Montgomery. Despite the new footage, the American version runs 91 minutes, six minutes shorter than the Japanese version.

In a 1963 issue of the American fanzine Spaceman, an article on King Kong vs. Godzilla concluded with an erroneous claim that would endure for decades: "2 endings have been filmed & if you see KING KONG VS. GODZILLA in Japan, Hong Kong or some Oriental sector of the world, Godzilla wins! On the other hand, in the USA & England, for instance, Kong wins!"[5] Spaceman's source for this information is unknown, as even Toho's 1963 international sales brochure makes it clear that Kong is the victor in the original version of the film.[6] The actual differences in the endings are minimal. While in the Japanese version the characters propose it is possible that Godzilla survived the battle, in the U.S. version they merely state they hope they've seen the last of him. Godzilla's roar is also not heard over the end title card, while it is present in the Japanese version after Kong's.

After completing production of the U.S. version, Beck sold his rights to the film to Universal International, which distributed the film in the United States and later in most of the rest of the world starting in June of 1963. To this day, Universal owns exclusive rights to the film in North America. Though the company has issued King Kong vs. Godzilla on DVD and Blu-ray, it is the only Toho Godzilla film released in the U.S. without its original Japanese language track. Universal currently feels that the cost of acquiring the necessary materials from Toho is too high for such a release to be profitable.[7]

Box Office

King Kong vs. Godzilla was released on theaters four different times in different years in Japan. The first theatrical release had an attendance of 11,200,000, the third release had an attendance of 870,000, and the fourth release had an attendance of 480,000, adding up to a rough 12,550,000 attendance. It is the most-attended Godzilla film of all time in Japan, with or without the inclusion of the ticket sales from the re-releases. It was Toho's second-highest earner in 1962, and fourth among Japanese films overall.[8]

The U.S. version of King Kong vs. Godzilla had a $12,000 budget.

Reception

King Kong vs. Godzilla is very popular among kaiju fans and hailed as a classic. Its plot, acting, special effects, and musical aspects are often regarded as some of the finest in the Showa series of Godzilla films.

Video Releases

Goodtimes DVD (1998)[9]

  • Region: 1
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: English (2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Special Features: Production notes
  • Notes: Cropped 1.33:1 aspect ratio. Out of print.

Toho DVD (2001)[10]

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (4.0 Stereo and 5.1 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Japanese
  • Special Features: Audio commentary by Koji Kajita and Yu Fujiki, isolated score (2.0 and 4.0), 5 trailers, cast profiles, image gallery, footage from a 40th anniversary Godzilla event (4 minutes), audio advertisements

Universal DVD (2005)[11]

  • Region: 1 or 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: English (2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Special Features: None
  • Notes: Also sold in a set with King Kong Escapes and King Kong (2005).

Universal Blu-ray (2014)

  • Region: N/A
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: English (2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Special Features: None

Toho Blu-ray (2014)

  • Region: A/1
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, 4.0, LPCM 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Japanese
  • Special Features: Audio commentary by Koji Kajita and Yu Fujiki, isolated score (4.0), Champion Festival edit of the film, 4 trailers, interview with Keizo Murase (20 minutes), footage from a 40th anniversary Godzilla event (4 minutes), Then & Now look at the miniatures and their real-life equivalents (16 minutes), radio spot (3 minutes), publicity material slideshow (3 minutes), publicity brochure (12 images)

Unmade Sequel and Remakes

In the aftermath of the success of King Kong vs. Godzilla, Toho immediately began production on a sequel, simply known by the working title Continuation: King Kong vs. Godzilla. Shinichi Sekizawa even completed a screenplay for the film, but it was ultimately scrapped. Toho would revisit the idea of a giant version of Frankenstein's monster that was featured in Willis O'Brien's original treatment, this time planning to pit the creature against Godzilla in a film called Frankenstein vs. Godzilla, which itself was replaced by the films Mothra vs. Godzilla and Frankenstein vs. Baragon. Toho would later reacquire the rights to King Kong from Rankin/Bass Productions, which resulted in the 1967 film King Kong Escapes, though it was not a sequel to King Kong vs. Godzilla.

In the early Heisei era, Toho attempted to produce a remake of King Kong vs. Godzilla, under the title Godzilla vs. King Kong, but encountered difficulties when Turner Entertainment, by then the owners of the original King Kong film, prevented Toho from using the character. Toho would attempt to circumvent this by considering several projects pitting Godzilla against Kong's mechanical doppelganger Mechani-Kong, but none of them materialized. In 2015, the American studio Legendary Pictures announced production of a new film for 2020 pitting Kong against Godzilla, under the title Godzilla vs. Kong, as part of its MonsterVerse series of films.

Videos

Trailers

King Kong vs. Godzilla Japanese trailer
King Kong vs. Godzilla Japanese newsflash/special announcement
King Kong vs. Godzilla
American teaser trailer
King Kong vs. Godzilla American trailer
King Kong vs. Godzilla American TV spot
John Landis' commentary on the
American King Kong vs. Godzilla trailer

Miscellaneous

Champion Festival opening
Giant Octopus test footage

Trivia

  • Not only was this the first Godzilla or King Kong film shot in the anamorphic "Scope" ratio (2.35:1), but it was also both monsters' first appearance in color.
  • Before the movie's Japanese premiere, Toho released side-by-side "interviews" with King Kong and Godzilla, as if they were sumo wrestlers preparing for a bout.[12]
  • There were four live octopuses used in the scene where it fights the natives. They were forced to move by blowing hot air on them. After the filming of that scene was finished, three of the four were released. The fourth became special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya's dinner.[citation needed]
  • The dream project of Eiji Tsuburaya involved a giant octopus, and early designs for Godzilla himself in 1954 depicted him as a giant octopus. Although Tsuburaya's octopus design was rejected, it is likely that the giant octopus scene in this film is the fulfillment of his dream (Tsuburaya would later shoot giant octopus scenes for two other films, Frankenstein vs. Baragon, although this scene was cut, and The War of the Gargantuas).
    • In 1966, Eiji Tsuburaya produced an episode of Ultra Q, the first entry in his Ultra Series, which revolved around a giant octopus named Sudar, using the props originally created for this film.
  • This film marks the debut of Godzilla's famous theme by Akira Ifukube, although it was completely removed in the American version.
  • King Kong vs. Godzilla was re-released at the Spring Toho Champion Film Festival on March 21, 1970 alongside the animated films Star of the Giants: Major League Ball, Attack No. 1 and The Kindly Lion.
  • When animators working on Davy Jones' tentacles in the 2006 film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest were having trouble finding footage of octopi on land, animation supervisor Hal Hickel hit upon the idea of using the Giant Octopus scene in King Kong vs. Godzilla as a reference.[13]
  • Newspapers in the film announce Godzilla's return on June 23, 1962, and profile King Kong on August 23.

External Links

References

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TopMonarchScientist

7 days ago
Score 0
The Explosive success of the Showa series
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KingGhidorahsucksGodzillarules3417

one month ago
Score -1
Maybe the reason Kong swam away was probably him retreating
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Astounding Beyond Belief

one month ago
Score 2
That's not how movies work. Also, why would he flee from an aquatic foe by going further out to sea?
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SkullIslandExplorer

one month ago
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IKR
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KingGhidorahsucksGodzillarules3417

one month ago
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Dunno. Plus...WHY DID KONG WIN!?!?!?!?!?!!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!!?!?!?!!?!?!?!
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TopMonarchScientist

11 days ago
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One time I read that Kong™ was more Famous than Godzilla™.
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Ryan G17

2 months ago
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I like how Kong looks like roadkill. Its hilarious!!
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G&G-Fan

4 months ago
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My quickie review

Pros: Fun story, comedic, charming and likable characters, very fun monster battles, good pacing, pretty good special effects, very memorable, catchy score by Akira Ifukube, is simply a classic

Cons: Some mediocre effects here and there that have not aged well

Final Thoughts: A very fun, light-hearted movie. While not one of the most well-made Godzilla movies, it's one of the most entertaining and re-watchable.

Final Score: 8.5/10
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Green Blob Thing

6 months ago
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Just watched this again today for what must be the millionth time now, and while it's still certainly one of my favourite Godzilla movies as well as one of my favourite King Kong movies, yikes... that blackface. It didn't bother me so much when I was younger, presumably due to the fact I was younger and just wanted to see the monster battles, but looking on it now... The scenes with the Farou Island natives have not aged well at all. Thankfully they're not in the film for very long though.
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Titan of Water

10 months ago
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For me, it’s an improvement from Godzilla Raids Again.

Godzilla and Kong look kind of derpy but I don’t think they looked as bad as Raids Again. While there were definitely goofy parts in their fight, it was mostly pretty good. The characters are also an improvement from Raids Again for me because there just so goofy. Especially the guy who goes “Hmmmm! No more! I’m sick of Godzilla!” Throughly entertaining movie, 3/5.
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G&G-Fan

13 months ago
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This is a pretty good movie, in my top 10. Its just an absolute classic. I find it extremely disrespectful that they removed Ifukube's soundtrack in the US version though, and what makes it worse is how difficult Universal has made it to watch the Japanese version in the US (where I love). I had to watch it on kissasian.com, and it was definitely superior to the American version. The US version is also very Kong bias, and is very contradictory with the Showa canon, with the dumb Eric Carter scenes where they say he had been frozen since prehistoric times and when they said his brain was very small, when clearly all Godzilla's are actually pretty smart. If you want to watch this movie and haven't yet, go to kissasian and watch the Japanese version.
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G&G-Fan

13 months ago
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  • where I live, not love
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Green Blob Thing

13 months ago
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Universal haven't made it difficult to watch the Japanese version at all. They just don't have the rights to it and would need to obtain them from Toho.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

13 months ago
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Universal has the rights to all versions of King Kong vs. Godzilla in perpetuity outside of Asia; what they lack is a print of the Japanese version, and so far they've been too cheap to pay Toho to use theirs.
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Green Blob Thing

13 months ago
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Basically what ABB said.
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SkullIsland

27 months ago
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Did anyone else notice the music notes on most of the Showa Godzilla posters?
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GodzillaWiki

27 months ago
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That trailer quote is way too long
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The King of the Monsters

27 months ago
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We could replace it with the American poster tagline.
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Gerdzerl Kinerfdamahnsters

27 months ago
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Perhaps it and the poster taglines could be given their own subsection?
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The King of the Monsters

27 months ago
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If nothing else we can always fit them in the site's quote archive.
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DoctorSuperGrantZilla

28 months ago
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A truly underrated movie, often unfairly maligned due to King Kong winning, in spite of the fact that the 1954 Godzilla only faced about 50,000 volts, and not the millions of volts that the Showa Godzilla faced in this movie, and for that matter, that King Kong represented the natural world, and Godzilla the artificial world, and finally, that frankly, good movies don't always run under "power level logic" and characters can win or lose by other factors than power levels.
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GXM92

3 months ago
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Kong didn’t win. Remember? The only source that says he won’t was only in the 1963 international brochure. However, all other sources official by Toho say nothing of Kong being the winner. In fact, they just posed on Mong’s trivia section that Tomoyuki Tanaka (creator of the whole Godzilla franchise and producer of the Showa and Heisei films) wrote a book called Definitive Edition Godzilla Introduction in 1984 and has been reprinted and updated in the 90’s. And in that book he says the final fight was a draw. As the ending was too ambiguous for Kong to be the winner. The international brochure wasn’t made by the staff who made the film. Just by the distributors. But we all know the creator and producers words carry more weight than the distributors. And Toho seems to be sticking with Tanaka’s words since no further Japanese source after his book makes any contradiction nor do they dispute his words.
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GXM92

3 months ago
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Won* Posted* Kong*
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CdrWikizilla

31 months ago
Score 0
I'mma be real here. I don't really like this movie. You can get mad at me all you want, but I just don't like this one. And no, it's not because Kong won.
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Toa Hydros

35 months ago
Score 3

My Thoughts: King Kong vs Godzilla

The concept alone is enough to adore this film: King Kong and Godzilla, arguably the two most famous movie monsters ever going head to head with Japan caught in the middle.

While the acting is about what you'd expect from an early 60's Japanese creature feature, the human characters are still likable and never take up too much screen time, with the focus always staying on Kong and Goji.

The monster scenes are just classic: Goji busting out of an iceberg, Kong fighting a giant octopus, Godzilla stomping armies... Heck, you even see Kong getting drunk. Where else are you gonna see that? And it all culminates with an epic kaiju grand slam of East vs West. Easily one of the greatest monster brawls ever.

Granted, there are some things that could've been improved: The Kong costume is pretty hard to look at, but acceptable for the time period. The added American scenes also tend to contradict the earlier films, while the remnants of the earlier Godzilla vs Frankenstein plot make things just downright confusing; how does Kong draw strength from electricity, and how does the UN scientist know this fact before it ever happens?

Is it nonsensical at times? Yes. Is it cheesy as all getout? Most definitely, but that just adds to the charm.
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Green Blob Thing

6 months ago
Score 0
He knows it because Kong starts biting through telephone wires at one point during his rampage through the streets, causing his face to begin glowing blue.
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Kaiju4EVER

36 months ago
Score 2

My opinion on this film:

I like how the crossover has Godzilla come back by him breaking out of the iceberg (with him being buried in ice in the last film) and King Kong being found on an island and I like the fight scenes, but like the previous film, the American release changed things around a bit: 9/10
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Zakor1138

36 months ago
Score 2

Kong totally deserved that win. lol

Also, hi everyone.
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Titanollante

36 months ago
Score 1
Hey Zakor!! Nice to see ya.
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Green Blob Thing

36 months ago
Score 0
Hello.
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GXM92

3 months ago
Score 0
Kong didn’t win. Remember? The only source that says he won, was only in the 1963 international brochure. However, all other sources official by Toho say nothing of Kong being the winner. In fact, they just posed on Kong’s trivia section that Tomoyuki Tanaka (creator of the whole Godzilla franchise and producer of the Showa and Heisei films) wrote a book called Definitive Edition Godzilla Introduction in 1984 and has been reprinted and updated in the 90’s. And in that book he says the final fight was a draw. As the ending was too ambiguous for Kong to be the winner. The international brochure wasn’t made by the staff who made the film. Just by the distributors. But we all know the creator and producers words carry more weight than the distributors. 😂 And Toho seems to be sticking with Tanaka’s words since no further Japanese source after his book makes any contradiction nor do they dispute his words. Tanaka retroactively changed the outcome and Toho has not once made any statement against it.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

3 months ago
Score 0
I've never understood what was so ambiguous about "two monsters fall into the ocean and only one surfaces." Tanaka's interpretation is worth noting, but it's just that. The same book also says that Godzilla's second fight with Biollante was a draw, which is hilarious.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

3 months ago
Score 0
Also there's this: https://www....3/index.html
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GXM92

3 months ago
Score 0
Astounding Beyond Belief, that’s all there is. While most sources never mention Kong winning. Regardless Tanaka is the producer of films and creator of the whole franchise. His words carry more weight than the distributors. I mean Titanollante did say Tanaka retroactively changed the outcome in one of your videos. And Toho has said nothing against it. Also that link was to an English website. I’m sure Japanese ones don’t say the same. 😂😂😂
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GXM92

3 months ago
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Also Godzilla’s Final Fight with Biollante is a draw cuz Biollante didn’t win and neither did Godzilla. She retreated and Godzilla went back into the ocean and was dazed by the ANEB. But the water cooled him down. Point is, the creator and producer’s words beats distributors words. Again no proof in the ending that Kong won. Surfacing means he had to get air. Godzilla doesn’t need to. He can breath underwater.
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GXM92

3 months ago
Score 0
It trying to be a jerk just trying to get things right here. I know you mentioned it on Kong’s profile but not on this one.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

3 months ago
Score 0
Boy, John, I'd love to continue bashing my head against a brick wall, but we have this rule against sockpuppets...
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