King Kong Escapes

Japan Release: 1967
Running Time:
104 minutes

King Kong Escapes

Japanese Title

[Kingu Kongu no Gyakushu]

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On an expedition to Mondo Island, the submarine Explorer makes a startling discovery: a giant ape called King Kong living amidst a land that time forgot. The mammal battles it out with Gorosaurus and a Giant Sea Snake before the crew of the Explorer say farewell to Kong and return to New York to state their discovery. Meanwhile, Dr. Who, in a bid to find a way to mine Element X, hears of the discovery of the legendary creature. Having already constructed his own version, Mechani-Kong, Dr. Who seeks to kidnap the real Kong in hopes he will be more successful at securing Element X...

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International Title

King Kong Escapes

Initial US Title

King Kong Escapes
US Distributor: Universal (1968) / Time: 96 Minutes

Alternate Titles

King Kong's Counterattack
[Literal Translation]

King Kong, the Giant of the Forest
[Italian Title]


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Directed by Ishiro Honda
Writing credits Takeshi Kimura
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka
Music by Akira Ifukube
Cinematography by Hajime Koizumi
Film Editing by Ryohei Fujii
Production Design by Takeo Kita
Assistant Director Ken Sano
Director of Special Effects Eiji Tsuburaya, Teisho Arikawa
Assistant Director of Special Effects Teruyoshi Nakano
Carl Nelson, Commander Rhodes Reason
Madame Piranha Mie Hama
Susan Watson, Lieutenant Linda Miller
Jiro Nomura, Lieutenant Commander Akira Takarada
Dr. Who Hideyo Amamoto
Dr. Who's Henchmen Shoichi Hirose, Toru Ibuki, Nadao Kirino, Susumu Kurobe, Sachio Sakai, Kazuo Suzuki, Yoshifumi Tajima
Reporter Andrew Hughes
Soldiers Seishiro Kuno, Tadashi Okabe
Mondo Islander Ikio Sawamura
General Yasuhisa Tsutsumi
Submariner Osman Yusuf


Toho Stock Footage

DVDs and Blu-rays

United States Region 1 King Kong Escapes Universal (2005) Order
Japan Region 2 King Kong's Counterattack Toho (2004)
United States Blu-Ray King Kong Escapes Universal (2014) Order

CD Soundtracks

Concept Art

Background and Trivia

  • Universal Pictures submitted the movie to the US copyright office on August 21st, 1968 under the registration number LP0000037134. It used the title King Kong Escapes . On September 29th, 2003, Toho submitted a renewal registration for the movie, using the title King Kong Escapes and a close proximation of its Romaji title, King Kong no Gyakushu.
  • Commemorated Toho's 35th anniversary, which is noted before the movie starts and on the film's poster.
  • Was re-released in 1973 in Japanese theaters as part of the Toho Champion Festival.
  • US promotional material for the film unfairly credits Aruther Rakin as the movie's producer and director, citing actual director Ishiro Honda's role as merely the "Japanese director".