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King Kong vs Godzilla (1962)

Aka: Kingukongu tai Gojira
Toho

Directed By: Ishiro Honda
Written By: Shinichi Sekizawa, Bruce Howard, Paul
Mason, Willis H. O'Brien (King Kong vs
Prometheus), & George Worthing Yates
Produced By: John Beck & Tomoyuki Tanaka
Music: Akira Ifukube & Hans J. Salter
(USA Version)
Special Effects By: Eiji Tsuburaya

Cast:

Tadao Takashima as Osumu Sakuri
Kenji Sahara as Kazuo Fujita
Yu Fujiki as Kinsaburo Furue
Ichiro Arishima as Mr. Tako
Jun Tazaki as General Masami Shinzo
Akihiko Hirata as The Prime Minister
Mie Hama as Fumiko Sakurai
Akiko Wakabayashi as Tamiye
Akemi Negishi as Chikiro's Mother

Runtime: 98 Minutes Japan / 91 Minutes USA
Language: Japanese
Color: Color
Sound: Mono
What Came Last: Godzilla Final Wars (2004)(Toho)

Wars and pollution, relentless fighting and
environmental destruction, have all awakened
vicious monsters. Humankind therefore joins forces
with one another in order to drive off the monsters,
instead of killing each other. Thus, the Earth Defense
Force is born. Meanwhile, a new race of humans
with supernatural abilities, called mutants, was
discovered around the globe. The Earth Defense
Force gathers them and puts them into a league
called the M Organization. Their greatest enemy is
the king of the monsters who first appeared in 1954,
and have repeatedly threatened the world ever since.
His name is...
What Came First: Godzilla: King of the Monsters
(1954)(Toho)

Japan is thrown into a panic after several ships
explode and are sunk. At first, the authorities think
its either underwater mines or underwater volcanic
activity. The authorities soon head to Odo Island,
close to where several of the ships were sunk. One
night, something comes onshore and destroys
several houses and kills several people. A later
expedition to the island led by paleontologist
Professor Kyôhei Yamane, his daughter Emiko, and
young navy frogman Hideto Ogata (who also
happens to be Emiko's lover, even though she is
betrothed to Dr. Daisuke Serizawa) soon discover
something more devastating than imagined in the
form of a 164-foot-tall (50-meter-tall) monster whom
the natives call Gojira. Now, the monster begins a
rampage that threatens to destroy not only Japan but
the rest of the world as well.
MORE GODZILLA FROM THE VAULTS
Ryusei Ningen Zon (Zone Fighter)(1973)(Toho)

Zone Fighter, known in Japan as Ryūsei Ningen
Zone, is a tokusatsu science fiction superhero
television series. Produced by Toho Company Ltd.,
the show aired on Nippon Television from April 2 to
September 24, 1973, with a total of 26 episodes, it
was cancelled due to the oil crisis of 1973. This
was Toho's answer to not only the popular Ultra
Series, but the Henshin Hero phenomenon started
by shows like Kamen Rider and Android Kikaider.
The previous year, Toho had just made their
successful first superhero show, Rainbowman.
The series was also notable for its guest
appearance by Toho's own Godzilla, as well as two
other Toho monsters, King Ghidorah and Gigan.
All Monsters Attack (aka Godzilla's Revenge)
(1969)(Toho)

Ichiro is a highly imaginative, but lonely, boy growing
up in urban Tokyo. Every day he comes home
to the empty apartment he shares with his railroad
worker father and his restaurant hostess mother. His
only friends are a toy maker name Shinpei Inami
and a little girl named Sachicko. The only other kids
that are around is a gang of kids led by a bully
named Gabara. To escape his loneliness, Ichiro
imagines that he is on Monster Island where he
befriends Minya, the son of Godzilla. It is through his
daydreams that he watches Godzilla and Minya fight
other monsters, including one also named Gabara
who is just as bad a bully as the one that is
tormenting Ichiro. It is through these daydreams that
he learns that it is okay to fight back and face his
fears. These lessons also help him to outwit a
couple of bumbling bank robbers as well as finally
have the guts to stand up to Gabara and his gang.
Godzilla x Mothra x Mechagodzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.
(2003)(Toho)

The Shobijin (Mothra's twin fairies) warn the
Japanese government that Godzilla continues
returning to Japan because they used the original
Godzilla's bones in Kiryu's design. If they return the
bones to the bottom of the sea, Mothra would gladly
take Kiryu's place in defending Japan, but if they do
not, Mothra will declare war on humanity. Soon
enough, Kamoebas, a giant mata mata turtle, is
found washed ashore on a Japanese beach. It is
determined by the wounds on Kamoebas' neck that
Godzilla killed it. Godzilla and Mothra fight, but
Godzilla seems to have the upper hand. With the
repairs finished just in time, Kiryu manages to even
the odds, but Godzilla manages to knock out both
monsters.
OTHER GIANT MONSTER MOVIES
King Kong (RKO)(1933)

Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) agrees to star in a film
directed by Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong).
The two set sail on the S.S. Venture for filming on a
mysterious island in the Indian Ocean. During the
course of the voyage, Ann falls in love with First
Mate Jack Driscoll (Bruce Cabot). The island is
reached but the natives kidnap Ann and prepare her
as a sacrifice to Kong, a huge gorilla-like creature
who dwells on the island. Kong discovers Ann tied to
a native altar and carries her to his jungle lair.
Them! (1954)(Warner Bros)

In the New Mexico desert, Police Sgt. Ben Peterson
and his partner find a child wandering in the
desert and sooner they discover that giant ants are
attacking the locals. FBI agent Robert Graham
teams up with Ben and with the support of Dr.
Harold Medford and his daughter Dr. Patricia 'Pat'
Medford, they destroy the colony of ants in the
middle of the desert. Dr. Harold Medford explains
that the atomic testing in 1945 developed the
dangerous mutant ants. But they also discover that
two queen ants have flown away to Los Angeles and
they are starting a huge colony in the underground of
the city. When a mother reports that her two children
are missing, the team and the army have a lead to
follow. Will they arrive in time to save the children
and destroy the colony?
20 Million Miles To Earth (1957)(Columbia Pictures)

The film “Twenty Million Miles to Earth” and its
misunderstood monster both came from the mind
of legendary special effects genius Ray
Harryhausen. The films exotic local, Italy, also sprang
from Harryhausen’s desire to make a film outside the
confines of Hollywood. Once again his outstanding
stop motion work would help turn an otherwise
average monster film into a classic.
The Host (2006)(Bong Joon-ho)

Gang-du is delivering a meal to some patrons, and
sees a crowd gathering along Han River. He joins
them as they stand near the side of the river and
point at something under the Wonhyo Bridge. A few
moments later, the creature appears on shore
behind them, and begins to attack and devour
people. As Gang-du runs away, he sees Hyun-seo
emerge from the snack bar and grabs her hand
without stopping. He then stumbles and unwittingly
grabs a different girl. A short distance away, he
looks back and sees the creature pull Hyun-seo into
the river. Gang-du then sees the monster dragging
her on the opposite bank before disappearing into
the water.
ALSO FROM JAPAN
Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot (1967 - 1968)

The series, called "Giant Robo" in Japan was
produced by Toei Company Ltd., and aired on NET
(now TV Asahi) from October 11, 1967 to April 1,
1968, with a total of 26 episodes. The English
dubbed version of the series was produced by
American International Television as "Johnny Sokko
and his Flying Robot".
Raiga the Monster from the Deep Sea (2009)

It has been over six decades since the battle of
Deep Sea Monster Reigo and Battleship
Yamato. As global warming worsens, throwing the
ecosystem off balance, a disaster approaches
Japan. A mysterious, massive creature emerges
from the nearby ocean and a fishing boat
encounters an ominous deep-sea creature in Tokyo
Bay. Then a giant monster “Raiga” lands in
Asakusa, Tokyo! The Taito Guard is called out at the
request of the government, and a cut-throat battle
beyond all imagination begins…
King Kong vs Godzilla (1962)(Toho)

King Kong vs. Godzilla  is a 1962 Japanese Science fiction Kaiju film produced by Toho Studios.
Directed by Ishirō Honda with visual effects by Eiji Tsuburaya, the film starred Tadao Takashima,
Kenji Sahara, and Mie Hama. It was the third installment in the Japanese series of films featuring
the monster Godzilla. It was also the first of two Japanese made films featuring the King Kong
character (or rather, its Toho Studios counterpart) and also the first time both King Kong and
Godzilla appeared on film in color and widescreen. Produced as part of Toho's 30th anniversary
celebration, this film remains the most commercially successful of all the Godzilla films to date.

Mr. Tako, the producer of a low rated television show called "Mysteries of the World", decides his
show needs some spicing up. So he sends two of his staff, Osamu Sakurai and Kinsaburo Furue,
to Pharoh Island to bring back some berries, called soma, noted for their non-addictive narcotic
effect. He also wants the two to bring back proof of a giant ape named King Kong. As this is going
on, a submarine collides with an iceberg releasing Godzilla, who was trapped there seven years
earlier. When Osamu and Kinsaburo arrive at Pharoh, they not only find the berries but the giant
ape. After a battle with a giant octopus, Kong drinks the juice that is made from the berries and
falls asleep. While he is sleeping, the pair tie him to a raft and take him back to Japan. In the
meantime, Godzilla is rampaging throughout the Japanese countryside. While in route to Japan,
Kong breaks free and swims toward Japan and inevitably on a collision course with Godzilla.
GODZILLA REBORN
Godzilla (2014)(Legendary Pictures)

“Possibly the last of an ancient species of giant
amphibious creatures that evolved at a time when
the surface of the Earth was over ten times more
radioactive that it is today. Godzilla can convert his
radiation stores into a violent, focused exhalation of
atomic ray. Rarely seen, but spoken of in ancient
Pacific Island myths, “Gojira” was last spotted in
1954, when the U.S. Navy encountered and
attempted to kill him with an atomic blast in the
Pacific Ocean. Since then, the giant creature has
been living in the deep ocean – until a threat to his
survival from an ancient foe forces him to reappear.”
GODZILLA ORIGINS