King Kong vs. Godzilla

1963

King Kong vs. Godzilla

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Boasting better than average special effects, this is a movie with all flash and little substance until the final scenes. At the end, for no real reason that the viewer is privy to, Earth's mightiest monsters decide to stand claw-to-claw and duke it out. Mankind just stands around watching the battle until one of the monsters keels over.

Cast

Michael Keith
as Eric Carter
James Yagi
as Yataka Omura
Tadao Takashima
as O. Sakurai
Mie Hama
as F. Sakurai
Yu Fujiki
as Kinzaburo Furue
Harry Holcombe
as Dr. Arnold Johnson
Tatsuo Matsumura
as Dr. Markino
Akihiko Hirata
as Premier Shigezawa
Yoshio Kosugi
as Farou Island Chief
Tatsuo Matsumara
as Dr. Markino
Akemi Negishi
as Dancing Girl
Ikio Sawamura
as Witch Doctor
Jun Tazaki
as Masami Shinzo
Les Tremayne
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for King Kong vs. Godzilla

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Audience Reviews for King Kong vs. Godzilla

  • Aug 28, 2013
    Godzilla escapes from an ice berg and King Kong is found on an island that has lots of kick ass berries on it which the natives grind into a juice for Kong to drink. After throwing boulders at a giant octopus and drinking the juice, Kong falls asleep and the local Japanese TV guys "ape nap" him and bring him back to Japan so their boss can exploit the big monkey for all he's worth. But en route, the Japanese government order the TV guys to send Kong back his home island because they've got enough problems with Godzilla as it is, they don't need a giant monkey on the rampage as well. Kong escapes and this leads to the inevitable clash of titans as Godzilla battles Kong for the right to demolish Tokyo. The original Kong from the 1933 film was only 50 feet tall while Godzilla is 400 feet tall, so they had to make Kong a lot bigger for this film and in order to make the odds more even for him they endowed him with the ability to draw strength from lightning bolts. The King Kong suit is hopelessly phony to look at though. The American version is a travesty that serves merely as filler until the big finale, with a reporter who really makes you long for Raymond Burr's reporter man Steve Martin. Whether or not the Japanese version ever becomes available in America remains to be seen, but hey, see whatever version you can get just to see Kong ram a ridiculously huge tree down Godzilla's throat! 3 1/2 stars 8-22-13
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2013
    While the first two entries in the Godzilla franchise were great movies, this third entry combines two legendary horror film monsters into one movie, and you'd expect something great right? Well, as it stands this is a sheer ridiculous outing, and that's the point. However, the plot could have been reworked to really make it worthwhile entertainment. As it stands this is a decent movie that is fun and quite mindless. This is where the series starts to really venture other genres and it pulls it off with entertaining results. Although the plot could have been done better, the film does provide viewers with all the aspects that you'd expect from a Godzilla film. One of the worst things about the films has got to the lacking, flat performances, which really don't stand out. Luckily the chaos that Godzilla creates redeems the film from being a total waste and the fight between King Kong and Godzilla is the standout of the film, and makes this quite entertaining despite its limitations. Go into this one with an open mind, and leave your brain at the door and you enjoy this. I liked the film; I just feel there could have been more effort put into its story and performances. If those aspects of the picture would have been reworked, this would have been truly a great monster film, one that could have been truly memorable. The film's strong point is the special effects, especially the giant octopus scene, which I thought was totally awesome. If you can get past the lacking plot, which is fairly easy, this is a fun and engaging mindless monster flick that will delight fans of the first. However, compared to the first two films, this is simply a decent effort at best, with room for improvement. Be prepared for a bizarre, yet amusing ride, but at the same time, this is far from the best film featuring Godzilla.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Oct 24, 2012
    Can I give out negative stars? The King Kong costume is so bad, it looks like a 5 year old child made it. The script is just...lame. And even though there are two endings, they are both lame and neither really adds anything of value to the film. Did I mention it's terrible?
    Bryan D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2012
    This is a lot of fun if giant rubber suited monsters terrorizing Japan is your idea of fun, and for me it is. Sure, this is nothing compared to the original Gojira, but this is just too good of an idea. You could watch a full movie of these two duking it out.
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer

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