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zjpg04a| King Kong vs Godzilla
Japan 1962
Director: Ishirô Honda
Screenplay: John Beck, Bruce Howard, Paul Mason, Willis H. O'Brien, Shinichi Sekizawa, George Worthing Yates
Producer: John Beck, Tomoyuki Tanaka
Cast: Tadao Takashima, Kenji Sahara, Yû Fujiki, Ichirô Arishima, Jun Tazaki
Genre: Comedy, Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Horror

Running Time: 87
Aspect Ratio:  2.35:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Perspecta Stereo
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Studio:  John Beck DVD Region:  1 G
DVD Release:  Nov 2005 Discs:  1 (Blu-ray) []
Reviews:  Kev’s Take…

Yes, I laughed, but then I usually do during most of the Godzilla films. I thot is was quite funny how King Kong picks up a girl and travels up a small tower, like the 1933 and 2006 versions of King Kong. Plus the musical score was familar. Ah, I thot, it was to the 1954 film “The Creature from the Black Lagoon,” a chilling film.


This 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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