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on 18 May 2006
Forget Pete Jackson's "KONG", this is the film to see!

From Bond villain wannabe, cape wearing, uber-fiend, Doctor Who, ( not the TARDIS travelling timelord ) and his nefarious plans to control the world using "Element X " and Robo-Kong, to the lantern-jawed Rhodes Reason, ably assisted by Toho Studio stalwart, Akira Takarada, standing up for the "Japanese" way of life. Throw in the flesh and blood Kong slugging it out with Robo-Kong, you've got a great film, with its tongue firmly in its cheek.

Again, another bare bones release from Universal, akin to the previous release "King Kong vs Godzilla" - no trailer, no extras, just the film, although the menu is worth a mention as it is done like an emergency TV broadcast, "Live from Tokyo."

An hilariously dubbed, fun movie, to be watched, and enjoyed, by the young and the young at heart. Recommended.
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on 4 March 2008
I witnessed this unforgettable cinematic achievement first time round, ---when I was very young------and it was ingrained into my mind as an out-and-out masterpiece! It never reurfaced in the UK for over 30 years, and it was a joy to revisit this gaudy, entertaining romp. This TOHO offering is visually and thematically superior to their previous 1963 outing: 'KING KONG versus GODZILLA', which was really a great title only.
The high-jinks on display here include a lively romp [on KONG'S island ]sequence, some superbly preposterous 60s-'hi-tec' diversions, and a rousing finale atop TOKYO TOWER. The main selling-point of this jovial,dynamic piece is in the introduction of KONG'S main nemesis here: the all-stainless-steel, metallic KONG who wreaks havoc on equal par to the KING himself.......MECHNI-KONG is a triumph of design, one of the most memorable of all 1960s MOVIE robots....worth the low cost of this DVD for the footage of this creation alone.

KONG himself is altogether better-realized than in his previous, moth-eaten mutant status of the 1963 flick. Much of the special-effects model work is easily on par with contemporary GERRY ANDERSON work: however, budget restrictions dictate that there are very few optically-combined shots of the actors combined with the main attractions. [though the ones that are depicted are fine].One quick-cutting 'cheat' actually has a close-up of KONG'S paw scooping up a cut-out photo of the film's heroin!

Obviously, this outlandish romp is never going to compete--on any level-with the superiorly-crafted 1933 and 2005 versions, but for an all-out, exuberant excursion into dynamic late 60s fantasy [albeit on a juvenile level], this is as good as it gets.
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on 22 January 2009
I've been trawling through the very worst of the King Kong wannabe movies that the world has produced and I am glad to say that this one is a real hoot. It's lots of fun to watch if you don't take it seriously and just enjoy the silliness.

The plot is pretty daft to say the least. An evil genius called Dr Who has created a robot King Kong which he intends to put to work excavating a rare ore called "Element X", at the request of a mysterious ambassador from an unnamed "certain country", who is willing to pay hefty sums of money for it. At the same time, a UN submarine runs into trouble (I forget why) and the crew find themselves on a remote island called Mondo island, which just happens to be the home of the REAL King Kong. Dr Who finds all this out somehow (I forget that bit too) and decides to capture Kong to take over the digging work from the robot Kong who has somehow malfunctioned. It's then action all the way as the UN crew try to thwart the evil Dr Who and the two Kongs fight it out together over Tokyo.

Well as you can probably tell, the plot didn't make enough sense for me to remember the details, in fact it has massive holes in logic all over the place. But the fun comes from the big monkey antics of course, and there are plenty of these. You better realise up front that the King Kong you will see here is light years away from a realistic looking gorilla. With a big lumpy suit, an immobile plasticky looking head and seams showing all over the fur costume, this Kong is a laugh a minute. But I don't wish to completely insult him - despite his big glassy eyes (complete with papery eyelids that actually blink!) and fang filled mouth, this Kong actually has real character. I don't know why, but I found him a pleasure to watch in every scene. Certainly a hell of a lot better than the monkey mistakes in films like "A*P*E", "The Mighty Gorga", "King Kong Lives" or "The Mighty Peking Man" (oh yes, I've seen them all!), this might be down to the skills of the guy in the costume because as crazy as it sounds, I actually believed this Kong had a real personality. Albeit a dopey and easily confused one.

But anyway, lets move on to other highlights of the film. Sadly, "King Kong Escapes" does not even TRY to deviate from all the cliches that these wannabe films seem to keep re-using. Witness if you will, Kong saving the heroine from a T-Rex, placing her in a tree while he battles the monster, and killing it by pulling it's jaw apart. Watch as Kong scales a tall tower in the final, with the heroine, again perched precariously on the high ledge. I mean, come on! It really can't be that hard to think up something new!

The ridiculous script is what really annoyed me. Several times the heros are captured by Dr Who and imprisoned, then let go, then rounded up again, then left to escape, then chased again, while the mysterious ambassador from a "certain country" swaps loyalties between Dr Who and the good guys but is left entirely free to do as she pleases in the Who compound, simply releasing our heros when she feels like it. In one crazy scene, the Who crew even leave the keys to the prisoners handcuffs lying on a table and the cell door wide open - convenient eh? The dialogue is also laughable - the dubbing doesn't help, and many of the lines that the actors are reading out are pure nonsense. And poor Linda Miller, who plays the heroine (and Kong's love interest, naturally) has the worst possible voice for a female lead, seemingly dubbed by Chuckie from "Rugrats"!

But it all adds up to silly fun and certainly never gets boring. Even in the slightly duller moments you can marvel at Dr Who's disgusting brown, gappy teeth (can't evil genius's afford dentists?) and the kitsch 60's fashions (Linda Miller's outfits are pretty cool - some submarine doctor's uniform that is!). I enjoyed this a lot and I think others will too.
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Having helped Godzilla make a comeback in King Kong Vs Godzilla [DVD], the legendary giant ape was reward with a sequel of his own and, surprisingly, Kong's second Japanese outing is a much more enjoyable affair. A co-production with Rankin-Bass to cash in on the success of their animated King Kong TV series, it plays at times like a feature-length episode of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (the hero is even called Commander Nelson) with Kong as the guest monster. There's no Godzilla this time round, though Kong does take on a Gorosaurus in a tribute to the original 1933 version (though Willis O'Brien's Kong never drop-kicked a dinosaur!) before moving on to a giant RoboKong that those dastardly North Koreans are using to excavate Mineral X from the North Pole. When RoboKong proves to be not up to the task, they go after the real thing, who has conveniently just been discovered by the voice of a thousand trailers Rhodes Reason and his UN submarine crew. Naturally Kong takes a shine to Linda Miller's medical officer, so to control Kong they kidnap her, Japanese boyfriend Akira Tarada and Reason and threaten them with fiendish tortures at the hands of the villainous Dr Who, who, the Toho lawyers were quick to stress, bears no relation to the BBC's Dr Who even if he has the same costume, cape, hat and hairstyle as William Hartnell's first doctor. But to be fair no-one ever described the venerable Time Lord as "an oriental skeleton, a devil with eyes like a gutter rat" or sneered "You'd steal Niagara Falls for a drink of water" at him.

The Kong suit is possibly even worse this time but the MechaKong puts up a much better fight and the action scenes are generally better all round: yes, they're only models, but it's still fun to see Kong shake up submarines, smash tankers, drop-kick dinosaurs and scrap it out with his mechanical nemesis atop the Tokyo Tower. This time round it's the original Godzilla Haruo Nakajima inside the Kong suit, and his superior grasp of body language and the art of fisticuffs pays off rather well. Mie Hama, Kissy Suzuki in You Only Lives Twice, provides the glamour as a North Korean agent but the acting honors among the humans go to Eisei Amamoto's villainous Dr Who, eating the scenery with underplayed relish like an Asian James Coburn.

As with King Kong Vs. Godzilla, this is only available to non-Japanese audiences on DVD in the American version, though this isn't so much of a problem this time since the American cast were in the film to begin with rather than clumsily grafted on at the last minute and Akira Ifukube's score is retained (though not credited on the US print)
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on 29 June 2008
It's easy to scoff at these Japanese monster movies when you know that the monsters are merely men in rubber suits ( or, in this case, a furry one ), but if the actor in the suit makes the right moves then how is that different to Ray Harryhausen's animated models or a computer-generated image? You have to believe that it is real and then sit back and enjoy the film.
Rhodes Reason ( twin brother of Rex Reason ) here plays submarine commander Carl Nelson who, en route to Tokyo, is forced to make a detour to the island where the legendary King Kong lives. When he and two of his officers land on the island and are menaced by a giant reptile, Kong awakens from his sleep and kills it. He also takes quite a liking to the female officer played by Linda Miller ( he does like the ladies, doesn't he? ).
Elsewhere, a mad scientist called Dr. Who ( a sort of Dr. No figure in a cape ) has built a robot version of Kong with which he plans to excavate a highly radioactive substance called Element X. When the robot fails, Dr. Who decides to capture the real Kong and put him under his control.
This really is nicely done and everyone plays it seriously. Kong, as usual, is deserving of our sympathy, but thankfully comes out on top at the end ( if you know what I mean ).
The film is in widescreen and the sound and picture quality is excellent. There is also a great music score by Akira Ifukube.
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on 5 November 2009
A submarine packed with UN advisors is sailing near the fabled Island of Mondo, where King Kong is meant to live. However, their too busy to take a trip there. Meanwhile, Dr Who, not a very nice man, has built a robot replica Kong, called Mechakong to dig at the North Pole for radioactive ore. However, his robot slave conks out. Meanwhile, just by Mondo Island, our heroes submarine has conked out too, and they end up satisfying their curiosity, and visiting the island. Despite warnings from a bearded crone, they press onwards, until Lieutenant Susan Watson(Linda Miller) gets into a close encounter with a man in a rubber suit, sorry I mean a Gorosaurus. Her screeching awakens Kong who battles Goro to the death, then just a few minutes later grapples with a sea serpent, allowing our intrepid heroes to escape. In between fights, Kong loves to stroke Susan. However, when Dr Who, who is in league with the mysterious Madame Pirahna, hears of Kong's existance, he has his own sinister plans for the giant ape
The Japanese loved to pit their giant monsters in celebrity death matches against eachother, and this is no exception, with our two Kongs squaring up at the climax of the film. Mecha-Kong is very impressive, the real Kong a little less so, looking a bit moth eaten. This doesnt matter one jot, as the film is a great piece of escapist fun, with a pantomine villian, who plays chess whilst his prisoners freeze to death, and the usual array of model vechiles, and model sets for the monsters to destroy. The plot is straight out of James Bond, just with added giant ape. The acting is adequate, Mie Hama probably coming off best as Madame Pirahna. Nice music score too.
Great fun, give me this over Jackson's folly any day. 4 out of 5
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on 30 January 2016
what can I say... King Kong and a robot monster!...
That is all you want in a movie, isn't it?
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VINE VOICEon 24 August 2009
This sequel to King Kong vs Godzilla is pretty much what you'd expect -dire. Kong's face is wrinkled rubber and horrible beyond belief. Why they didn't do a better job escapes me. This alone ruins it for me but don't worry, there are plenty more things I found annoying. Being a co-production, we have two male leads, the American one being the wooden Rhodes Reason, a b-movie lead who never made the big time and this movie is one reason why. The handsome Japanese lead is better with a sternish charisma. Linda Miller, the female lead, has an excruciating voice and seems to alternate flirting with the two men. And Kong.

The villain is called Dr.Who. This cheap laugh is the only thing which makes it remotely bearable. Personally, I reckon it's The Master pretending to be Japanese and adopting the name Dr.Who to smear the original. Or maybe not.

Dr Who has a robot Kong to mine a valuable rare radioactive mineral. This doesn't work too well so he decides he needs Kong. Kong lives on an island and sometimes fights Rubber-Tyrannosaurus Rex which regularly drop-kicks Rubber-faced Kong. After the fourth time this happens you begin to realise that Kong isn't too bright. Mind you, he understands English pretty well. The rest is too tedious to relate. Suffice to say it ends on what looks like the Tokyo equivalent of the Eiffel Tower.

I only paid £1.80 for this including postage and that's more than it's worth.
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