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International Title
King Kong vs. Godzilla
Japanese Title
 キングコング対ゴジラ
 [Kingu Kongu Tai Gojira]
Production: Toho
Distributor: Toho Japan: 1962
  Time: 98 minutes
 
Initial US Title
 King Kong vs. Godzilla
US Distributor: Universal (1963) Time: 91 minutes
Alternate Movie Titles:
The Return of King Kong [German]
The Triumph of King Kong [Italian]


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Details
On an expedition to Faro Island, a pharmaceutical company discovers a living god on the island: King Kong. Interested in exploiting the creature for commercial gain, the company plans to ship the creature over to Japan before Kong breaks free and swims off. Meanwhile, Godzilla has awoken from an iceberg and traveled back to Japan, causing havoc across the country. As King Kong makes landfall, the two creature collide in the Japanese countryside. The battle is swift, but not final, as both monsters continue their trek across Japan before meeting for one more final conflict on Mount Fuji.

Staff
Directed by Ishiro Honda
Writing credits Shinichi Sekizawa, Willis O'Brien, George Worthing Yates
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka, John Beck
Music by Akira Ifukube
Stock Music by Sei Ikeno, Hachiro Matsui
Cinematography by Hajime Koizumi
Film Editing by Reiko Kaneko
Production Design by Teruaki Abe, Takeo Kita
Assistant Director Koji Kajita
Director of Special Effects Eiji Tsuburaya
Assistant Director of Special Effects Teruyoshi Nakano
Cast
Osamu Sakurai Tadao Takashima
Kazuo Fujita Kenji Sahara
Kinsaburo Furue Yu Fujiki
Mr. Tako Ichiro Arishima
Fumiko Sakurai Mie Hama
Masami Shinzo, General Jun Tazaki
Tamiye Akiko Wakabayashi
Shigezawa, Prime Minister Akihiko Hirata
Chikiro's Mother, Faro Island Native Akemi Negishi
Konno, TTV Translator Senkichi Omura
Obayashi, Mr. Tako's Assistant Sachio Sakai
Obayashi's Assistant Haruya Kato
General's Aide Nadao Kirino
Faro Island Chief Yoshio Kosugi
Ship Captain Shin Otomo
Scientist on Submarine Harold Conway
Monster Appearances Aliens, SDF, Misc
Godzilla, King Kong, Giant Octopus, Giant Lizard M4A3E8 Sherman Tanks, Sikorsky H-19 Helicopter, KV-107 II Helicopter

Posters

Box Office

Release Date: August 11th, 1962 (Japan)
Initial Attendance: 11,200,000 (Japan)
Initial Distribution Earning: ¥350,000,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)
Release Date: July 25th, 1964 (Japan, Re-Issue)
Release Date: March 21st, 1970 (Japan, Second Re-Issue)
Second Re-Issue Attendance: 870,000 (Japan)
Release Date: March 19th, 1977 (Japan, Third Re-Issue)
Third Re-Issue Attendance: 480,000 (Japan)
Attendance Total: 12,550,000 (Japan)

Release Date: June 26th, 1963 (US)
Budget: $12,000 (US)


DVDs and Blu-Ray
Region 1 King Kong vs. Godzilla Goodtimes (1998)
Region 1 King Kong vs. Godzilla Universal (2005)
Region 2 King Kong vs. Godzilla Toho (2001)
Blu-Ray King Kong vs. Godzilla Universal (2014)

CD Soundtracks

Compilations


Godzilla Song Book
(VPCD-81381)

Reviews
Miles Imhoff [Universal]
August 15, 2005