Farolacton

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King Kong drinks the Farolacton juice after defeating the Giant Octopus.

Farolacton (ファロラクトン,   Farorakuton), referred to as Soma in the English version of the film, is a fictional species of berry featured in King Kong vs. Godzilla. It is described as a relative of Actinidia polygama, or the silver vine.

History

King Kong vs. Godzilla

Farolacton, when purified into a juice, is highly valued for its medicinal advantages, but it comes with a difficult limitation - the berries only grow on the tropical South Pacific Faro Island. This is one of the reasons that Pacific Pharmaceuticals mounted an expedition to the island, to seek out the berries to obtain a large enough amount to bring back to Japan to study, as well as obtain the island's giant kaiju to use as the company's mascot. However, the island's tribe were unwilling to show them the location of the juice, as it was used to satisfy their god, King Kong. After an expedition into the island yielded almost no sightings of the plant, and an encounter with a Giant Lizard, the expedition force choose to remain with the tribe, where they witnessed an attack from a Giant Octopus, who tried to steal the Farolacton juice from a hut in the village. As the expedition team and the islanders tried to fight the creature off, Kong emerged from the jungle and defeated the Giant Octopus, forcing it to retreat. Afterward, Kong drank several jars of the Farolacton juice before falling unconscious, allowing him to be tied to a raft and transported back to Japan.

Later, when Kong had escaped captivity and climbed to the top of the National Diet Building, the JSDF loaded Farolacton juice into several rockets and fired them into the air above Kong, causing him to fall asleep once again and allow his human captive, Fumiko Sakurai, to be rescued.

Trivia

  • Farolacton is mentioned by name only once in the original Japanese version of the film. In the English version, the berry is called Soma instead, and is used as a way to theorize how King Kong and the other animals on Faro Island grew so large.

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