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Kingu Kongu tai Gojira

King Kong vs. Godzilla
Die Rückkehr des King Kong

Japan 1962
produced by
Tomoyuki Tanaka for Toho
directed by Ishiro Honda, unnecessary American scenes by Thomas Montgomery
starring Tadeo Takashimi, Mie Hama, Kenji Sahara, Yu Fujiki, Ichiro Arichima, Akihiko Hirata
written by Shinichi Sekizawa, special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya, music by Akira Ifukube

Godzilla, King Kong, Toho's King Kong

review by
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In the South Pacific, Sakurai (Tadeo Takashimi) & Furu (Yu Fujiki) are searching for legendary giant ape King Kong as a promotional gimmick for Tako's (Ichiro Arichima) pharmaceutical company - & it's about time too, since giant dinosaur Godzilla has just hatched from an iceberg & is rapidly approaching Tokyo, starting to take on the army all on his own while our duo still experience all sorts of jungle shenanigans including native dances & a giant kraken attack before finally finding Kong, drugging him & bringing him to Japan on a giant raft. But the giant ape does get problems with immigration & is almost sent back home when he manages to break free from the raft, an instinct apparently telling him that there is another monster for him to fight - Godzilla. That monster meanwhile starts derailing trains & menaces especially Fumiko (Mie Hama), Sakurai's sister & inventor Fujita's (Kenji Sahara) girlfriend. As it soon turns out, the 2 monsters seem to have the same taste since soon afterwards Kong carries around Fumiko, too, before being put to sleep by some more drugs. The army soon decides, the only way to beat Godzilla is having him battle King Kong, thus King Kong is bound to some balloons by extra-strong threads developed by Fujita & flown near Godzilla, & soon the 2 giants start to fight. At first it actually looks rather grim for King Kong, but then he gets an extra power-boost from electric lightning, & after a fierce battle, drowns the dinosaur in the sea. King Kong now heads off, back home ... & rumours that in the Japanese version Godzilla actually won the fight, are totally unfounded & ultimately wrong (it wouldn't make narrative sense anyway).

 

Director Honda's second Godzilla film (& in fact Toho's third) does prove an entertaining, funny, colourful romp that, if you are a bit childish, will leave a smile on your face. It is though a far cry from the grimness of the original Gojira (1954), the monster's introduction into the cinematic world, or in fact most of Honda's other 50's sci-fi- & monster-movies. Kingu Kongu tai Gojira is in fact a movie you just must not take seriously, but nevertheless (or because of that) might enjoy immensely.

The only bad scenes of the movie are actually the American ones, directed by Thomas Montgomery, in which somebody sits somewhere telling the audience what just happened of what will happen in the next scene. Shots of a very phony looking communications sattelite don't make the scenes any better.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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