Japanese man by the name of Ryota goes in search of
his missing brother, who was lost at sea. Desperately
in need of a boat in order to go look for him, he decides
to compete in a dance endurance challenge, where the
prize is a yacht. Unfortunately, he's too late to enter,
but does end up meeting two of the losers and convinces
them to go with him to snoop around the nearby marina.
Once there, the trio manages to sneak aboard a yacht
for a better look, but are ambushed and held at gunpoint
by the man inside. Much to their relief, he allows them
to spend the night on board.
The next morning, they awake to find the boat adrift,
as Ryota has set sail in search of his brother, much
to the dismay of the other three who are now trapped
into joining him as they have no experience sailing
themselves. Unfortunately, the trip takes a turn for
the worse as they sail right into a massive storm. The
yacht is then ripped apart by a giant claw that mysteriously
rises out of the sea.
At dawn, the four awake to find that they have washed
ashore on a remote island, but quickly discover that
they are not alone as the isle is housing the base of
the terrorist organization called the Red Bamboo. They
come to learn that the group is developing nuclear weapons,
while the monster Ebirah, a giant shrimp, circles the
island and picks off trespassers. It's also discovered
that the organization is kidnapping natives from Infant
Island, and enslaving them to help produce a liquid
that safeguards them from the monster. During a fleet
of commotion, one of the captive natives escapes, a
young native girl by the name of Daiyo, who manages
to run into the other four and joins them. Introductions
are cut short, though, as they are spotted by the Red
Bamboo, and forced into a nearby cave to hide from them.
Much to the group's surprise, they stumble upon a slumbering
King Kong deep in the cove's depths.
The next day, the five sneak into the Red Bamboo base,
securing supplies. Unfortunately, the five do not go
unspotted. After frantically trying to escape, Ryota
ends up getting his foot caught in the rope of a weather
balloon, and is carried off into the sky, while another
is captured and put to work with the Infant Island natives.
The remaining three return to the cave, and decide
that they might as well wake King Kong, assuming that
the creature might be able to dispense with the Red
Bamboo. After much planning, they come up with an idea
involving wire which they recently stole and a sword,
that is used as a conductor.
Meanwhile, Ryota's balloon deflates and he lands on
Infant Island, where the natives are desperately trying
to wake Mothra so she can save their people. On the
Isle, Ryota finds his lost brother, and together they
travel by boat back to the island. Unfortunately, a
storm strikes just as they are arriving, and Ebirah
appears to attack the small craft. Luckily, a stray
bolt of lighting also strikes the sword in the cave
and sends a charge down to King Kong who finally awakes.
Kong breaks through the nearby hillside, and does battle
with Ebirah, defeating the sea monster and sending it
As the night breaks and the sun rises, Ryota and his
brother meet up with the remaining three survivors,
only to be spotted by the Red Bamboo again. The group
is separated in their bid to escape, with Daiyo running
into King Kong who quickly takes a liking to the girl
and scares off the Red Bamboo soldiers. Kong's affection
is interrupted, though, by a Giant Condor that Kong
fights off. After defeating the bird, the large ape
is again disturbed, this time by a fleet of jets sent
by the Red Bamboo. During the commotion, Daiyo manages
to escape. Kong, now furious, attacks the Red Bamboo
base, ripping it apart as Ebirah appears and attacks
the fleeing members of the group, who had been using
fake mixture of the liquid. The two giants do battle
once more, and Kong again claims victory.
Meanwhile, Mothra arrives and is ready to take away
the survivors on a small platform that they have constructed.
Kong isn't amused, though, and does battle with Mothra,
although he's quickly defeated in the ensuing conflict.
The deity then flies over and carries her people off
to safety, as Kong watches from the island, unbeknownst
that a self destruct sequence was initiated upon the
Red Bamboo base's destruction. Luckily, at the last
minute, the giant ape decides to follow Mothra, leaving
the island just before it detonates.
planned as a joint production between Toho and Rankin-Bass,
this concept was first pitched by Shinichi Sekizawa
in 1966. Approving his idea, Sekizawa then set about
creating a more fleshed out script, which he submitted
on July 13th, 1966. Unfortunately, Rankin-Bass was displeased
about the direction the project was going, although
their quarrel was unrelated with the early treatment
but instead the fact that Ishiro
Honda would not be on board for the production.
Toho insisted, though, on having director Jun
Fukuda, a then newcomer to the genre, at the helm
of the film. Unable to compromise, Rankin-Bass pulled
out of the project, and took with them the King Kong
Even with the lose of one of the title characters,
though, Toho continued with production on Sekizawa's
screenplay. Renaming the film Godzilla, Ebirah, Mothra:
The Great South Seas Duel (Japanese title of Ebirah,
Horror of the Deep), the firm simply substituted
King Kong's role for Godzilla in the final product.
Thankfully, Rankin-Bass and Toho would settle their
differences the very next year, and would begin work
Kong Escapes (1967), which was based on the
then recent King Kong cartoon and would feature Honda
at the director's helm.