King Kong vs. Godzilla

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King Kong vs. Godzilla
Directed by Ishirō Honda
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka
Written by Shinichi Sekizawa
George Worthing Yates (original script)
Willis O'Brien (original idea)
Starring Tadao Takashima
Kenji Sahara
Yu Fujiki
Ichirō Arishima
Mie Hama
Shoichi Hirose
Haruo Nakajima
Music by Akira Ifukube
Cinematography Hajime Koizumi
Studio Toho
Distributed by Toho (Japan)
Universal International (non-Asian territories)
Release date(s) Japan:
August 11, 1962
United States:
June 17, 1963
Running time Japanese version:
97 minutes
English version:
91 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese, English

Japan ¥5,000,000

U.S.A $200,000
Money made

Japan ¥350,000,000

U.S.A $1,250,000[1]

King Kong vs. Godzilla is a 1962 Japanese monster movie. It was produced by Toho Studios. It is the third Godzilla movie and first Japanese King Kong movie. It is the first time Godzilla and King Kong appear together in a movie, and the first time they appear in color. The movie involves Godzilla and King Kong fighting on Mount Fuji after King Kong fights a giant octopus and Godzilla attacks Japan.

The movie has the highest box office figures of any Godzilla movie. It sold 11.2 million tickets and made ¥350,000,000. The movie was produced as a part of Toho's 30th anniversary celebration. It was later released in the United States in the summer of 1963.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Top Rental Features of 1963", Variety, 8 January 1964 p 71. Please note figures are rentals as opposed to total gross.

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