King Kong Escapes

An evil ruler captures a giant gorilla, hoping to control it and make it work for him.
United States
Japan
1967
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Translated
Animals: 
Dinosaur
Gorilla
Imaginary
Snake
Catastrophes: 
Biohazard
Collapse
Giant: 
Kaiju
Behemoth
Mecha
Psychics: 
Hypnotist
Telepathist
3.04
Monkey business...
7.04
3.04
4
4
1
4
1
Performances
Pace
Effects
This Japanese version of King Kong takes the original concept and adapts it to the kaiju dimension. It feels much more like a Godzilla film than a legit sequel to 1933’s King Kong and Son of Kong. The ultimate antagonist, though, is some evil doctor intending to capture the beast. This creates a situation where we fear and hate him rather than the abomination itself.
We're not really in horror film territory. It's the science-fiction, the adventure and the fantasy that predominantly take over. The abundance of dialog is sometimes an issue because no one likes cheap filler. The end result is sadly anticlimactic. While the set design and the photography are satisfying, and while the film is surprisingly ambitious, the special effects aren't convincing enough.
King Kong Escapes features a cast both Asian and American, yet everyone speaks Japanese. This is due to copyright restrictions and orchestrated in a way to minimally please both oriental and occidental audiences with nothing more than a denatured by-product. This approach allows for the addition of flirt and romance to a formula historically rather platonic; that of daikaijūs.
Alternate Titles: 
Kingu Kongu no gyakushû
King Kong Strikes Again
King Kong's Counterattack
The Revenge of King Kong

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