King Kong vs. Godzilla

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King Kong vs. Godzilla
It's America vs. Japan: Kaiju-style!
Genre: Kaiju
Directed By: Ishirō Honda
Produced By: Tomoyuki Tanaka
Written By: Shinichi Sekizawa
Starring: Tadao Takashima
Kenji Sahara
Yū Fujiki
Ichirō Arishima
Mie Hama
Shoichi Hirose
Haruo Nakajima
Cinematography: Hajime Koizumi
Distributed By: Toho
Universal Pictures (United States)
Release Date: August 11, 1962 (Japan)
June 26, 1963 (United States)
Runtime: 98 minutes
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Budget: ¥150 million ($420,000)
Box Office: ¥352 million ($6 million)
Franchise: Godzilla
Prequel: Godzilla Raids Again
Sequel: Mothra vs. Godzilla

King Kong vs. Godzilla (キングコング対ゴジラ Kingu Kongu Tai Gojira) is a 1962 Japanese sci-fi action adventure kaiju film distributed by Toho. It is the third film in the Godzilla franchise (also the third in the Godzilla Showa series) and the first Japanese film featuring King Kong.

Why It Rocks

  1. It's notable for being both King Kong and Godzilla's debuts in color and widescreen.
  2. It's also still the highest-grossing Godzilla film to date.
  3. This was also the first movie to establish that Godzilla's atomic ray as neon blue and his skin as either black or charcoal gray, not green (the only times where Godzilla was actually green in a film was in Godzilla 2000 and Godzilla vs. Megaguirus).
  4. Very good special effects for its time.
  5. Godzilla's suit (called the KingGoji suit) looks great and is considered to be one of the best Godzilla suits ever. His head is more reminiscent to those of actual reptiles, with yellow eyes and no ears or fangs. He also has three toes instead of four and a very stocky build, especially in the lower half of the body.
  6. Amazing soundtrack, especially the "Sleeping Devil" song that the Farou Island natives perform to make Kong go to sleep.
  7. Good acting.
  8. A wonderfully cheesy moment where Kong throws a rock and Godzilla flings it back with his tail. There's even a laughable moment where King Kong shoves a tree into Godzilla's throat.
  9. The character of Mr. Tako is very over-the-top, but memorable.

Bad Qualities

  1. King Kong's suit looks absolutely awful. He also has a silly look on his face and there is a visible zipper on the suit.
  2. The US version replaced most of the original score with stock music from other movies, heavily altered the script, retconned the events of the first two movies for no reason (though the English dub of Godzilla Raids Again didn't follow the events of the first movie and was re-edited to look like an original Kaiju film called Gigantis, The Fire Monster) and did some other unneeded changes.
    • In the English dubbed version, they state that this film's Godzilla emerged from the iceberg after hibernating in it for millions of years since the Jurassic period. However, in reality, this film's Godzilla is the same Godzilla that attacked Osaka and fought Anguirus in 1955. The iceberg from which he emerges floated away from Kamiko Island, where he was buried in ice during the events of Godzilla Raids Again.


  • In King Kong vs. Godzilla, Kong stands at 45 meters in height and has a weight of 20,500 metric tons, so he is technically not the same height as the 50-meter tall Godzilla, but is 5 meters shorter than him. Despite this, he is 50 metric tons heavier than the latter.