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A.k.a.
King Kong vs. Godzilla
Year
1963
Runtime
97 min.
Directors
IshirĂ´ Honda, Tom Montgomery
Genres
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Rating *
5.9
Votes *
4,547
Checks
714
Favs
14
Dislikes
23
Favs/checks
2.0% (1:51)
Favs/dislikes
1:2
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  1. andyhudson's avatar

    andyhudson

    IMDB has merged Japanese and American versions of this film and then separated them again. Previous checks and comments have been combined on this page which is the American version.

    The Japanese version is now listed at https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/kingu+kongu+tai+gojira-1962/

    American version can be found at https://youtu.be/2tD00QguKKY
    1 year ago
  2. OutletMaul's avatar

    OutletMaul

    This is the American edit of the 1962 version of King Kong vs. Godzilla. 1 year 5 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Groundbreaking? Maybe. King Kong vs. Godzilla came out in 1962, essentially the big GZ's third movie, getting him out of the trouble he got into in Godzilla Raids Again, a whole SEVEN years after the last one. So in a way, this big fight between movie monsters is what kicks off what I will call the camp era of Godzilla, where the monsters are more like pro wrestlers, and the cataclysm metaphors are something musty. Even if their King Kong suit is pretty ropy and the face's animation real twitchy - look, it's not the best Godzilla head either, looking like Cookie Monster from afar - it's still interesting to see Japan's version of the classic 1933 film (give or take Japanese extras in black face). Ishiro Honda reproduces its most memorable images, but also evokes Godzilla's previous attacks. I wasn't going to give the movie too good a report at first, but the final battle is actually well worth it. Crazy stuff that we're more or less tricked into accepting thanks to the more comedic human subplots. Hey, it works, and I already spotted the stuff I want to see call-backs for when the two Kings meet again. 2 years 7 months ago
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