King Kong vs. Godzilla

1962 film directed by Ishirō Honda

King Kong vs. Godzilla is a 1962 Japanese comedy-horror action adventure fantasy monster movie. It was produced by Toho Studios. It is the third Godzilla movie and first Japanese King Kong as well as a third movie of the series. It is the first time Godzilla and King Kong appear together in a movie, and the first time they appear in color. The movie involves Godzilla and King Kong fighting on Mount Fuji after King Kong fights a giant octopus and Godzilla attacks Japan.

King Kong vs. Godzilla
Directed byIshirō Honda
Thomas Montogomery
Written byShinichi Sekizawa
George Worthing Yates (original script)
Willis O'Brien (original idea)
Paul Mason
Bruce Howard
Story byJohn Beck
Produced byTomoyuki Tanaka
StarringTadao Takashima
Kenji Sahara
Yu Fujiki
Ichirō Arishima
Mie Hama
Shoichi Hirose
Haruo Nakajima
Michael Keith
Harry Holcombe
James Yagi
Byron Morrow
CinematographyHajime Koizumi
Edited byReiko Kaneko
Peter Zinner
Music byAkira Ifukube
Distributed byToho (Japan)
Universal International (non-Asian territories)
Release dates
August 11, 1962
United States:
June 17, 1963
Running time
Japanese version:
97 minutes
English version:
91 minutes
United States
LanguagesJapanese, English
BudgetJapan ¥5,000,000 U.S.A $200,000
Box officeJapan ¥350,000,000 U.S.A $1,250,000[1]

The movie has the highest box office figures of any Godzilla movie. It sold 11.2 million tickets and made ¥350,000,000. The movie was produced as a part of Toho's 30th anniversary celebration. It was later released in the United States in the summer of 1963.


  1. "Top Rental Features of 1963", Variety, 8 January 1964 p 71. Please note figures are rentals as opposed to total gross.

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