Just rewatched the Japanese Version continuing my marathon of the series in chronological order.
-Tako, in the Japanese version kills it. The actor who plays him has a great comedic presence. It’s funny because he actually has a simple yet decent character arc. Throughout the film he’s continually scheming and doesn’t give up, only for in the final moments of the film to give up. It’s also great, because he’s actually pretty smart despite his anger and bumbling nature.
-Speaking of Tako, it feels like there’s two camps of protagonists. You have Tako and Sakurai, who treat everything like a joke, and then you have Fumiko and her boyfriend who exist in a mindset not too far from 1954. Contrast how Tako is annoyed by Godzilla, not scared at all, when he appears, while Fumiko has a bunch of dramatic moments worrying about destruction and her boyfriend possibly being lost at sea.
-Tako references an in universe Godzilla film being made.
-I noticed that Fumiko must have the worst luck in the world, and there’s strange parallels in the events of he film. First she’s on the train, and gets attacked by Godzilla, only for her boyfriend to save her. Then later, Kong attacks the train she is in, only for Kong to kidnap her and then be saved by her boyfriend. I really wonder if this was intentional.
-I’m jaded whether the explorers are intentionally portrayed as being explorative, and if it’s satirious or not. The scene where they give cigs to the natives of Pharoh Island could be a joke or not.
-There’s a line on the radio: “We must make it clear that King Kong is a real animal, whereas Godzilla is a monster born from radiation”. I found this interesting, because in this dialogue the word for animal, dobutsu, was used in regards to Kong. While of course, past films called Godzilla a monster, this dialogue paralleling him against Kong really emphasizes that Godzilla is an unnatural monster, and not just a large prehistoric creature.
-The movie does a good job at balancing the Godzilla and Kong plots, swapping back and forth and giving equal time to each monster.
Overall, a really solid entry in the series. I don’t get why people view this film in a lesser regard then the films following right after it. While I wish there was more destruction, and perhaps a bit more in the final confrontation, just because of the two names attached, it’s a really entertaining Godzilla film.
Added in 17 days 5 hours 7 minutes 47 seconds:
So, the climax of this film takes place in Mt Fuji, but ends in the destruction of Atami Castle. I live in a city near Mt Fuji now, you can see it. But there’s actual a considerable distance between where the fight starts on Mt Fuji and where it ends on the coast. Of course they’re giant monsters, but knowing the relative distance in relation of this is sort of strange.
Then, everything changed when the Giant Condor became the Giant Eagle.