LSD Jellyfish wrote:There are brief moments that do point to Kimura’s involvement. Two scenes in particular:
-Kong getting captured by helicopters
-The way dr. Who is killed
The scene with Kong and the helicopters is strangely tragic, and the scene with Dr. Who is super violent compared to the rest of the film.
To the latter point, Dr. Who's henchmen all act like bumbling fools once Mechani-Kong was killed. This was something Kimura did a lot, although usually with police or politicians or other authority figures. In this case, I think he or Honda went too far in making the henchmen totally incompetent to point of being unbelievable.
I think Kimura, writing as Kaoru Mabuchi, phoned in a lot of his screenplays. WOTG is nothing too special, nor is DAM, but both were co-written by Honda, who allegedly added or embellished the most interesting concepts in those films. Godzilla vs. Hedorah
was likewise co-written by Yoshimitsu Banno and I believe he eventually admitted much of the resulting film was his vision. The only other "Mabuchi" screenplay, which is pretty decent, is FCTW, but most of the situation and characters were present in Jerry Sohl's earlier "Godzilla vs. Frankenstein" draft. So KKE is apparently the only filmed screenplay "Kaoru Mabuchi" wrote from scratch by himself, and even that was based on the Rankin/Bass series.