“If we do not destroy Godzilla soon, the monster will destroy us all.”
Shortly after Godzilla is accidentally released from his icebound habitat, representatives (Tadao Takashima and Yû Fujiki) from a pharmaceutical company stumble upon King Kong on Faro Island and decide to bring him back to Japan for publicity purposes. What will happen when Godzilla and King Kong encounter one another?
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Japanese Films
- Mutant Monsters
This third entry in the Godzilla franchise brought together two literal giants of the big screen: Godzilla (first introduced in 1956’s Godzilla, King of the Monsters!) and King Kong (first seen in 1933’s King Kong). Unfortunately Kong’s rendering was taken away from the brilliant hands of his original creator, Willis O’Brien, instead turning into what DVD Savant refers to as “an immediate source of derision”. He adds that “Toho had made ape suits before but this one is truly pathetic. The instructions seem to have been to not frighten 4-year-olds, and to slap it together in 24 hours.”
Meanwhile, lengthy sequences taking place on Faro Island feature the disturbing use of Japanese actors in blackface:
Partially redeeming this silly flick are effective use of a real-life octopus to simulate a gigantic one, and the final duke-out between two of cinema’s most formidable monster foes. However, this one is really only must-see for diehard Godzilla or Kong fans.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- The impressive octopus special effects
- King Kong and Godzilla’s battle on Mount Fuji
No; only fans of the series need to check this one out.