Talkback: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

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Re: Talkback: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Postby LSD Jellyfish » Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:52 pm

One thing that always really bothered me, in a film about giant apes, is how they constructed the raft for Kong and got him on it....
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Postby Zarm » Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:40 am

They used the Carl Denham 'offscreen magic' method.
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Re: Talkback: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Postby Orichalcum » Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:00 am

They used the inventor's indestructible wire and pulled him onto the raft :P
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Re: Talkback: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Postby Terasawa » Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:01 pm

So how many people are seeing the Japanese version for the first time with the Criterion set? Gotta admit, I was expecting and anticipating a lot of discussion about this movie after that set was released.
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Re: Talkback: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Postby daveblackeye15 » Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:22 pm

There are some cuts I kind of like with the U.S. version. I kind of like that we cut back to the military preparing for Godzilla approaching rather than just immediately he's by a base. I don't know why thinking of that made me think of a cut I love from Godzilla 1985 the 'Godzilla's alive he's chasing the Super X' *cue music and showing Steve Martin being sadly proven right.*

My copy isn't coming for a day or two but I have seen the Japanese cut years ago.

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Re: Talkback: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Postby LSD Jellyfish » Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:24 pm

Terasawa wrote:So how many people are seeing the Japanese version for the first time with the Criterion set? Gotta admit, I was expecting and anticipating a lot of discussion about this movie after that set was released.

The people who genuinely cared about Godzilla vs. Kong would have gone out of their way years ago to see the film's Japanese version...

Please prove me wrong!

I think KVG isn't one of the all time greats, but it's definitely one of my favorites and I think would be better appreciated if people saw the Japanese version. It's almost tonally a completely different film.
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Re: Talkback: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Postby Terasawa » Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:43 pm

LSD Jellyfish wrote:I think KVG isn't one of the all time greats


I think it is. It rocketed up from fringe top 10 Godzilla to third behind 54 and Mothra vs., after seeing the 4K version earlier this year (the first copy I’ve seen with a consistent and appealing visual/aural presentation of the movie). I think it’s excellent in the same way a classic MGM musical is: every aspect of the large and complicated production comes together in a very entertaining and satisfying way. There is no other Godzilla movie quite like it; among other Toho monster movies, I think only Mothra (1961) compares.

Sure the Kong costume is pitiful and some of the SFX work is below Tsuburaya’s usual standard, but I think the faults are eased a bit because the movie is so self-aware and funny. And while I certainly don’t mind humor in the monster content in these movies, I think it’s best implemented in this one. Obayashi jokes about how preposterous it is that Kong and Godzilla should fight as if in a wrestling match and that’s precisely what Tsuburaya gives us later in the movie.
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Re: Talkback: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Postby Shhh! The Octopus » Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:39 am

I finally got a copy of the Japanese version. I cant wait to see Godzilla emerge the winner at the end.

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Re: Talkback: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Postby eabaker » Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:19 am

Terasawa wrote:Obayashi jokes about how preposterous it is that Kong and Godzilla should fight as if in a wrestling match and that’s precisely what Tsuburaya gives us later in the movie.


I have long maintained that, among other things, this movie is a very conscious comment on the exploitive absurdity of its own concept.
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Re: Talkback: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Postby Zarm » Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:26 pm

Terasawa wrote:
LSD Jellyfish wrote:I think KVG isn't one of the all time greats


I think it is. It rocketed up from fringe top 10 Godzilla to third behind 54 and Mothra vs., after seeing the 4K version earlier this year (the first copy I’ve seen with a consistent and appealing visual/aural presentation of the movie). I think it’s excellent in the same way a classic MGM musical is: every aspect of the large and complicated production comes together in a very entertaining and satisfying way. There is no other Godzilla movie quite like it; among other Toho monster movies, I think only Mothra (1961) compares.


I agree. (Mostly; I'd still rank MvG and SoG on the same level). It's reached top 10, if not top 5, franchise-wide status for me.
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Re: Talkback: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Postby Pkmatrix » Thu Dec 12, 2019 6:41 am

After putting it off for like a month, I have FINALLY sat to watch the Japanese cut of King Kong vs. Godzilla - the only Showa Godzilla I'd never seen a Japanese cut of! :D

Here's the thing: I've had a somewhat rocky relationship with KKvG. It was among the first Godzilla movies I saw and for many years was a fave, I've rewatched the American cut more times than I can count. As I grew up though my feelings on the movie soured, to the point that I've often placed it as my least favorite Godzilla movie when ranking all of them (yes, even below G'98). So I've been very much looking forward to seeing the Japanese version, which I'd been told was much better.

And it was! :D

Not only is the plot more coherent, the original version is pretty damn funny at times. ^_^ I'd like to give it another watch someday soon so I can get a better handle on it, but I very much enjoyed it. :)

A few things I noted:

- Mr. Tako has a MUCH bigger part in the Japanese cut, which makes sense considering the American cut was specifically to re-edit the film from a comedy into a sci-fi/horror film. He's easily the funniest character and it's a crime the American version reduced his part so much.
- I never really noticed before, but Kazuo and Fumiko are like the most devoted couple in any Godzilla movie. She hears his ship has sunk and immediately drops everything to go find him. He hears the train she's taking is headed right for Godzilla and immediately drops everything and drives cross-country to save her. Like, wow, I hope these two characters got married afterwards!
- Speaking of which, I'm willing to bet Fumiko never boarded a train again in her life after the events of his movie. XD
- On this viewing I really noticed how much Shoichi Hirose based his performance on a smaller monkey, his movements really remind me of a capuchin.
- You know, all this time while I knew Godzilla escaped from an iceberg I thought it was an iceberg in the Bering Sea. The impression I'd gotten from people talking about the movie is that Godzilla escapes the iceberg, then attacks a base in the Soviet Union, before moving on to Japan. But, that doesn't appear to be the case? All indications in the film itself are that it's an American military base in northern Alaska, since Godzilla attacks an American nuclear sub, is then spotted by a US Navy helicopter, attacks the military base which deploys Sherman Tanks, and then later is described in dialogue as having passed through the Bering Strait and was following the Aleutians toward Japan.
- Apparently, Sendai was attacked and destroyed off-camera?? Godzilla is mentioned as landing in Japan at Matsushima Bay and then later, before the train attack, described as heading south after destroying Sendai. (Interestingly, this means the whole train attack sequence takes place near Fukushima...)

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Re: Talkback: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Postby Shhh! The Octopus » Thu Dec 12, 2019 10:59 am

I think it's a NATO base in the Bering Sea.

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Re: Talkback: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Postby Space Hunter M » Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:36 pm

Shhh! The Octopus wrote:I think it's a NATO base in the Bering Sea.

Officially, it's an undesignated country's. It is totally ambiguous.
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Re: Talkback: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Postby Pkmatrix » Fri Dec 13, 2019 7:05 am

Space Hunter M wrote:
Shhh! The Octopus wrote:I think it's a NATO base in the Bering Sea.

Officially, it's an undesignated country's. It is totally ambiguous.


Yeah, it's vague. If I recall the argument they were supposed to be Russian was because the tanks have red stars on them? But considering they're Sherman tanks and that the scene takes place the coast of the Arctic Ocean and NOT the Bering Sea like people have said, the context is that this is supposed to be an American base in Alaska.

I wouldn't have questioned it if it weren't for the line about Godzilla passing through the Bering Strait and swimming along the Aleutians. This is what the dialogue suggests Godzilla's route in the movie is:

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Re: Talkback: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Postby edgaguirus » Fri Dec 13, 2019 11:42 am

It has a perfect Bering in this case.
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Re: Talkback: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Postby eabaker » Fri Dec 13, 2019 11:45 am

edgaguirus wrote:It has a perfect Bering in this case.


Well played.
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Re: Talkback: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Postby Pkmatrix » Fri Dec 13, 2019 11:56 am

edgaguirus wrote:It has a perfect Bering in this case.


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Re: Talkback: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Postby Shhh! The Octopus » Fri Dec 13, 2019 5:38 pm

Some promo materials from Universal.
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Re: Talkback: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Postby LSD Jellyfish » Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:24 am

Shhh! The Octopus wrote:Some promo materials from Universal.
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Omg these are amazing. I love the one with the people holding signs. Also,”If you can get away with it, paint giant monster footsteps in the street”.

Just out of curiosity, did you find these with the methods Tamura suggested?

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edgaguirus wrote:It has a perfect Bering in this case.


:lol:

Just wanted to say I’m glad you watched the Japanese cut. I think this film is severely underrated just because many people haven’t seen the Japanese cut. You realize how much character and soul the film loses when it was butchered. The Japanese version establishes way more character. It’s more comedic for sure, but strangely makes Godzilla more horrific with the scenes with the boats that are cut out in the dubbed version.
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