King Kong vs. Godzilla
is a 1962 Japanese kaiju film directed by Ishirō Honda, with special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya. Produced and distributed by Toho Studios, it is the third film in the Godzilla franchise, and the first of two Toho-produced films featuring King Kong. It is also the first time that both characters appeared on film in color and widescreen. The film stars Tadao Takashima, Kenji Sahara, Yū Fujiki, Ichirō Arishima, and Mie Hama, with Shoichi Hirose as King Kong and Haruo Nakajima as Godzilla. In the film, as Godzilla is reawakened by an American submarine, a pharmaceutical company captures King Kong for promotional uses, which culminates into a battle on Mount Fuji.
Mr. Tako, head of Pacific Pharmaceuticals, is frustrated with the television shows his company is sponsoring and wants something to boost his ratings. When a doctor tells Tako about a giant monster he discovered on the small Faro Island, Tako believes that it would be a brilliant idea to use the monster to gain publicity. Tako immediately sends two men, Osamu Sakurai and Kinsaburo Furue, to find and bring back the monster. Meanwhile, the American nuclear submarine Seahawk gets caught in an iceberg. The iceberg collapses, unleashing Godzilla (who, in the Japanese version, had been trapped within it since 1955), who then destroys the submarine and a nearby Arctic military base.
|author||Shinichi Sekizawa Willis H. O'Brien|
|events||Godzilla King Kong|
|genre||adventure animation fantasy horror science fiction|
|keywords||1955 burn fall final battle first film giant monster godzilla raids again heat ray iceberg japan self defense force jsdf lightning military base morning mount fuji nuclear submarine pacific ocean poison gas power line rat string television show terrorize their way trap|
|theme||japanese kaiju monster movie sequel|