Crazy credits The Warner Brothers logo appears as a wood carving, and the Legendary Pictures logo appears underwater. Both logos are accompanied by drawings of Kong and Godzilla respectively, as well as their growls. User reviews 2. Top review. Delivers exactly what it says on the poster - a pair of iconic monsters duking it out in the most epic way possible Kong" is the fourth film in Legendary Pictures' "MonsterVerse" and the fourth Godzilla film produced in the west.
Sometime after the events of "Godzilla: King of the Monsters", the giant ape Kong is being kept under surveillance inside a large simulated habitat, forming a bond with a deaf girl who communicates with him through sign language. One day, Godzilla attacks a city in Florida for seemingly no reason and this sparks an international debate over whether or not these huge monsters are a threat to humanity's future.
A team of experts soon deduce that Godzilla was actually tracking Kong's energy signal and decide to transport him somewhere secret in an effort to prevent the two of them from fighting each other and causing even more collateral damage. When it comes to giant monster movies, you can't go too wrong with the ones featuring the undisputed king of the monsters himself - Godzilla.
Since , this giant reptilian has been stomping his way through cities battling various monsters of similar size with his brute strength and trademark atomic breath. Every time I hear Godzilla's signature roar, it gives me chills like the first time hearing a lightsaber turning on in "Star Wars" or the DeLorean from "Back to the Future" reaching 88 miles per hour. Likewise, the enormous gorilla Kong has also had his fair share of time in the spotlight, debuting all the way back in in the classic film "King Kong".
With this in mind, it seems fitting that these two iconic titans of east and west should face off against each other at some point, having previously done so in 's "King Kong vs. Now in , we have a brand new reimagining of such a rivalry, complete with better special effects and destruction galore.
There's something so mindlessly satisfying in seeing giant monsters beating the hell out of each other while leaving heavy destruction in their wake. I guess it's all just part of the entertainment value we can take away knowing it's all in good fun and that we can be thankful such colossal creatures don't exist in real life.
However, if you are expecting to be treated to anything else beyond this, you will be greatly disappointed. Regardless, if fighting monsters and gratuitous demolition of skyscrapers is what you crave, then this movie certainly delivers.
In addition to this, the film also touches on the mythology of these strange beasts known as "Kaiju" in Japanese , with particular focus placed on Kong and his origins. I'm no expert on Kaiju lore or anything like that but I did enjoy that we got to see how these towering figures aren't evil beings with a lust for destroying everything, but rather neutral parties trying to establish their place at the top of the monster food chain. Of course, the level of neutrality varies for each of the two, with Kong perhaps being "True Neutral" and Godzilla being "Chaotic Neutral".
For example, Kong is seen attempting to live peacefully on Skull Island under the pretense that he is in charge and nothing else can take that away from him. Later on, when Godzilla arrives to challenge this notion, an all out brawl ensues, much like how predator animals like big cats would fight one another to establish dominance.
We are informed it has been like this for thousands of years and that human civilisation has only popped up recently, just being on the brink of learning how to co-exist among all this ongoing conflict. There's not much to say about the film's human characters, as they are only there to help move the small remnants of the plot along.
Most of them were either generic military personnel marked for death or scientific minds trying to make sense of all this madness. I suppose Millie Bobby Brown was the only actor in the film with some dimension to her, as anyone who saw 's "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" will recall her character and her importance in that story.
I did also like the film's scenes with the deaf girl talking to Kong via sign language, as this reminded me of the famous gorilla Koko who was taught how to communicate with her trainers through similar means. In spite of all this, by the end of the movie, I couldn't recall a single name of anybody other than the titular monsters, remembering them by the actor's real names instead of their characters.
At the same time though, it didn't really matter because at the end of the day we don't pay to see a giant monster movie for the human characters for the same reason we don't go to McDonald's to order a filet mignon. Godzilla and Kong's names are in the film's title and it should be obvious by now that they are the real stars here, not the humans. As far as giant monster movies go, "Godzilla vs.
Kong" does a serviceable job at entertaining us with frequent action and great special effects. It's mind numbingly simplistic but I wouldn't expect anything less. At this stage, it is unknown if there will be any more films in this "MonsterVerse" but I do see potential in the franchise continuing for as long as the demand is there. Since there are still plenty of threatening monsters out there to be dealt with, I remain hopeful. I rate it 6. MrDHWong Mar 25, FAQ Is this film a sequel to 'Kong :Skull Island'?
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The film had its roots in an earlier concept for a new King Kong feature developed by Willis O'Brien , animator of the original stop-motion Kong. During this time, the story was renamed King Kong vs. O'Brien was introduced to producer John Beck, who promised to find a studio to make the film at this point in time, RKO was no longer a production company. Beck took the story treatment and hired George Worthing Yates to write the screenplay for the film. The story was slightly altered and the title changed to King Kong vs.
Prometheus , returning the name to the original Frankenstein concept The Modern Prometheus was the alternate title of the original novel. After shopping the script around overseas, Beck eventually attracted the interest of the Japanese studio Toho , which had long wanted to make a King Kong film. Frankenstein deal" as the cause of his death. Cooper was bitterly opposed to the project, stating in a letter addressed to his friend Douglas Burden, "I was indignant when some Japanese company made a belittling thing, to a creative mind, called King Kong vs.
I believe they even stooped so low as to use a man in a gorilla suit, which I have spoken out against so often in the early days of King Kong ". In April , TV networks and their various sponsors started producing outrageous programming and publicity stunts to grab audiences' attention after two elderly viewers reportedly died at home while watching a violent wrestling match on TV. But the company doesn't think that way.
They think they will get ahead of their competitors if they use a monster to promote their product. Special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya was planning on working on other projects at this point in time such as a new version of a fairy tale film script called Princess Kaguya , but he postponed those to work on this project with Toho instead since he was such a huge fan of King Kong. The script is special to me; it makes me emotional because it was King Kong that got me interested in the world of special photographic techniques when I saw it in Early drafts of the script were sent back with notes from the studio asking that the monster antics be made as "funny as possible".
With the exception of the next film, Mothra vs. Godzilla , this film began the trend to portray Godzilla and the monsters with more and more anthropomorphism as the series progressed, to appeal more to younger children. The men would rehearse for hours and would base their moves on that from professional wrestling a sport that was growing in popularity in Japan ,  in particular the movies of Toyonobori. During pre-production, Tsuburaya had toyed with the idea of using Willis O'Brien's stop-motion technique instead of the suitmation process used in the first two Godzilla films, but budgetary concerns prevented him from using the process, and the more cost-efficient suitmation was used instead.
However, some brief stop motion was used in a couple of quick sequences. These sequences were animated by Koichi Takano  and Minoru Nakano,  who would later become famous for their work on Tsuburaya Productions ' Ultra Series. A brand new Godzilla suit was designed for this film and some slight alterations were done to its overall appearance.
These alterations included the removal of its tiny ears, three toes on each foot rather than four, enlarged central dorsal fins, and a bulkier body. Another puppet from the waist up was also designed that had a nozzle in the mouth to spray out liquid mist simulating Godzilla's atomic breath.
However the shots in the film where this prop was employed far away shots of Godzilla breathing its atomic breath during its attack on the Arctic Military base were ultimately cut from the film. The tail prop would be swung offscreen by a stage hand. Sadamasa Arikawa who worked with Tsuburaya said that the sculptors had a hard time coming up with a King Kong suit that appeased Tsuburaya.
One pair were extended arms operated by poles inside the suit to give Kong a gorilla-like illusion, while the other pair were at normal arms-length and featured gloves that were used for scenes that required Kong to grab items and wrestle with Godzilla. This would force him to be trapped inside the suit for large amounts of time and would cause him much physical discomfort.
In the scene where Kong drinks the berry juice and falls asleep, he was trapped in the suit for three hours. Besides the suit with the two separate arm attachments, a meter-high model and a puppet of Kong used for closeups were also built. For the attack of the giant octopus, four live octopuses were used.
After the filming of that scene was finished, three of the four octopuses were released. The fourth became special effects director Tsuburaya's dinner. Some stop-motion tentacles were also created for the scene where the octopus grabs a native and tosses him. The special effects crew filmed a sequence in which Godzilla rampages through Takasaki , Gunma Prefecture , and destroys the Takasaki Kannon Statue , but this scene was cut from the final film.
Since King Kong was seen as the bigger draw  and since Godzilla was still a villain at this point in the series, the decision was made to not only give King Kong top billing but also to present him as the winner of the climactic fight. While the ending of the film does look somewhat ambiguous, Toho confirmed that King Kong was indeed the winner in their —63 English-language film program Toho Films Vol. Fuji and King Kong is victorious. But after he has won Godzilla was released in Japan by Toho on August 11, ,   where it played alongside Myself and I for a two week period, afterward, it was extended by one more week and screened alongside the anime film Touring the World.
The film was first heavily re-cut and screened at the festival on March 21, ,  and again on March 19, ,  to coincide with the Japanese release of the version of King Kong. After its theatrical re-releases, the film was screened two more times at specialty festivals. In , to celebrate Godzilla's 25th anniversary, the film was reissued as part of a triple bill festival known as The Godzilla Movie Collection. It played alongside Invasion of Astro-Monster and Godzilla vs.
In North America, King Kong vs. Godzilla premiered in New York City on June 26, Godzilla , he was given exclusive rights to produce a version of the film for release in non-Asian territories. He was able to line up a couple of potential distributors in Warner Bros. Beck, accompanied by two Warner Bros. The television actor Michael Keith played newscaster Eric Carter, a United Nations reporter who spends much of the time commenting on the action from the U. Harry Holcombe was cast as Dr.
Beck and his crew were able to obtain library music from a host of older films, including Creature from the Black Lagoon This added footage features massive tidal waves, flooded valleys, and the ground splitting open swallowing up various huts. Starting in , Toho's international sales booklets began advertising an English dub of King Kong vs. By association, it is thought that this King Kong vs. Godzilla dub is an unedited English-language international version not known to have been released on home video.
The Japanese version of this film was released numerous times through the years by Toho on different home video formats. It was released on LaserDisc in and , and then again in in its truncated minute form as part of a laserdisc box set called the Toho Champion Festival. Toho then released the film on DVD in This release was volume 8 of the series and came packaged with a collectible magazine that featured stills, behind-the-scenes photos, interviews, and more. In the summer of , the film was released for the first time on Blu-ray as part of the company releasing the entire series on the Blu-ray format for Godzilla's 60th anniversary.
S release in Both of these releases were full frame. Universal Pictures released the English-language version of the film on DVD in widescreen as part of a two-pack bundle with King Kong Escapes in ,  and then on its own as an individual release on September 15, In Japan, this film has the highest box office attendance figures of all of the Godzilla films to date.
It sold Including re-releases, the film accumulated a lifetime figure of The film received mostly mixed reviews when it was released in the United States. The reviews tended to evaluate the film as an exploitation or kiddie film. Some of the more positive reviews were from James Powers of The Hollywood Reporter who wrote "A funny monster picture?
Audiences which patronize this kind of picture will eat it up. It should be a big success via the multiple booking, exploitation route. While the story is preposterous and loaded with stilted dialogue Richly comic, briskly paced, oddly touching, and thoroughly irresistible. Outrageous of course, and deplorably acted and atrociously dubbed to boot.
But what matters most is the sheer invention of its exemplary trick work. However other reviews tended to be more negative. From the mysterious East comes the monstrosity to end all monstrosities, the epic clash between the year-old, breast-beating, Hollywood-born-and-bred gorilla with the overactive pituitary and the seven-year-old, pea-brained, flame-throated, tail-wagging cross between a Stegosaurus and a Tyrannosaurus rex who fights out of Tokyo, Japan.
Onward and upward with the arts". Viewers who attend the ridiculous melodrama unveiled at neighborhood theaters should know exactly what to expect and get what they deserve. The one real surprise of this cheap reprise of earlier Hollywood and Japanese horror films is the ineptitude of its fakery. When the pair of prehistoric monsters finally get together for their battle royal, the effect is nothing more than a couple of dressed-up stuntmen throwing cardboard rocks at each other.
The original Japanese version of King Kong vs. Godzilla is infamous for being one of the most poorly-preserved tokusatsu films. In , Toho issued a restored laserdisc incorporating the rediscovery of a reel of 35mm trims of the deleted footage from the original negative. This laserdisc master was utilized for Toho's DVD release with few changes. In , Toho released a new restoration of the film on Blu-ray, which utilized the 35mm edits once again, but only those available for reels of the film were able to be located.
The remainder of video for the deleted portions was sourced from the earlier Blu-ray of the U. Due to the great box office success of this film, Toho wanted to produce a sequel immediately. Meanwhile King Kong is found in Africa where he had been protecting a baby the sole survivor of a plane crash. After the baby is rescued by investigators, and is taken back to Japan, Kong follows the group and rampages through the country looking for the infant.
Godzilla is then revived with hopes of driving off Kong. The story ends with both monsters plummeting into a volcano. Godzilla , with Jerry Sohl and Reuben Bercovitch writing the story and synopsis for the film. This began a formula where kaiju from past Toho films would be added into the Godzilla franchise. Toho was interested in producing a series around their version of King Kong, but were refused by RKO.
Henry G. Saperstein was impressed with the giant octopus scene and requested a giant octopus to appear in Frankenstein Conquers the World and The War of the Gargantuas. Filmmaker Shizuo Nakajima recreated several scenes from this film in his fan film Legendary Giant Beast Wolfman vs. Godzilla , including the scenes where Godzilla emerges from an iceberg and attacks a train during his rampage on the Japanese mainland.
In , Toho expressed interest in remaking the film as Godzilla vs. King Kong. Mechani-Kong but effects director Koichi Kawakita confirmed that obtaining the likeness of King Kong also proved difficult. Mechagodzilla II in Godzilla , specifically the giant octopus scene, to use as a reference when animating the kraken 's tentacles.
For many years, a popular myth has persisted that in the Japanese version of this film, Godzilla emerges as the winner. The myth originated in the pages of Spacemen magazine, a s sister magazine to the influential publication Famous Monsters of Filmland. In an article about the film, it is incorrectly stated that there were two endings and "If you see King Kong vs Godzilla in Japan, Hong Kong or some Oriental sector of the world, Godzilla wins! This misinformation would be accepted as fact  and persist for decades.
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King Kong is transported out of his containment zone after Godzilla resurfaces and creates mayhem. Humans need his help to reach Hollow Earth and find a way to subdue the king of the monsters. Godzilla vs. Kong is a American monster film directed by Adam Wingard. A sequel to Kong: Skull Island () and Godzilla: King of the Monsters (). King Kong vs. Godzilla was released theatrically in Japan on August 11, The film remains the most attended Godzilla film in Japan to date.