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King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Monday 31st July


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Director: Ishiro Honda

Starring: Tadao Takashima

Rating: PG

Japan 1963, 87mins

Everybody loves a battle of the titans. Freddy vs. Jason. Alien vs. Predator. Joe vs. The Volcano. But there’s no super smackdown quite like the King Of Monsters versus The Eight Wonder Of The World.

Although a much more kid friendly version of Godzilla missing any of the original’s nuclear panic, there’s much to enjoy in this second Godzilla sequel, which began the series’ shift into more ‘out there’ rivals. Originally planned as a fight between King Kong and Frankenstein (seriously), this 1962 creature feature is far from a masterpiece, but has charm to spare and is still one of the most financially successful Godzilla films ever, thus cementing the giant lizard’s future for decades to come.

Sure, Hollywood’s upcoming Kong vs. Godzilla feature will be slicker, but will it be as much fun?

Screening in Japanese with English subtitles.