Kingu Kongu tai Gojira

Also Called:

King Kong v. Godzilla

Date:
1962
Stars:
Tadao Takashima

Kenji Shara

Yû Fujiki
Writers:
Shin’ichi Sekizawa

[American Version]

Bruce Howard

Paul Masob
Director:
Ishirô Honda
WRC Score:
3/4
Note: 
First posted in
a different form
on August 19, 2009

Kingu Kongu tai Gojira (also known as King Kong v. Godzilla) tells the tale of a pharmaceutical company out in search of a monster to help promote their product.  As they do so, a giant radioactive dinosaur you’ve probably never heard of before frees himself from his icy tomb and begins strolling across scenic Japan.  Are these two plots related?

It’s a distinct possibility.

Kingu Kongu tai Gojira is a step up from the previous installment, which isn’t saying too much.  This, though, is where the Godzilla series began its slide into silliness, with “comical” characters and the monsters behaving less like apocalyptic threats and more like clownish wrestlers.

I say this like it’s a bad thing.  It isn’t.  When the series hits its stride, such little details are quite entertaining.

That stride, sadly, begins in the next flick.  It’s not boring, it’s just a little mediocre bordering on bad film (1 point).

That doesn’t keep me from loving it to death (2 points). Kong!  Godzilla!  In a battle to the death!  Or until the film budget conks out.

While everyone should see at least one Godzilla flick (they’re good for you!) I’m not sure Kingu Kongu tai Gojira is one to recommend. Still, you could do much, much worse than this.

Overall Score: 3 points out of a possible 4

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