Video Details

Title: KING KONG ESCAPES (Rhodes Reason)
Title AKA:/aka/ Kingukongu no gyakushu /aka/ King Kong Strikes Again /aka/ King Kong's Counterattack /aka/ Revenge of King Kong

OUR PRICE: $14.75

Year: 1967 / DVD / 96 mins

Director: Inoshiro Honda aka Ishiro Honda

Starring:
Rhodes Reason, Mie Hama, Linda Miller, Akira Takarada, Eisei Amamoto, Paul Frees (voice USA release), Shoichi Hirose, Andrew Hughes, Toru Ibuki, Nadao Kirino, Seishiro Kuno, Susumu Kurobe, Haruo Nakajima, Tadashi Okabe, Sachio Sakai, Ikio Sawamura, Hiroshi Sekita, Kazuo Suzuki, Yoshifumi Tajima, Yasuhisa Tsutsumi, Osman Yusuf

Video Notes:
When a mechanical replica of King Kong is unable to dig for the highly radioative Element X at the North Pole, the evil Doctor Who and his sponsor Madame Piranha (Madame X in the American release) decide to kidnap the real Kong. As an insurance policy they kidnap Lt. Susan Miller as well as her boyfriend Lt. Jiro Nomura and Cmdr. Carl Nelson (Kong develped a crush on Susan when she Nomura and Nelson visited the Kong at his home on Mondo Island). Kong later escapes and heads for Tokyo. Susan and the others also escape. Who and his minions follow him and activate Mechani-Kong in order to recapture him. Susan is then grabbed by the robot and is taken to the top of Tokyo Tower and a battle ensues. "It's King Kong to the rescue when a giant robot threatens to destroy Tokyo in the gripping King Kong Escapes! The action begins when the conniving Dr. Who builds a robot Kong in order to retrieve a highly radioactive element for his mysterious benefactor, Madame X. When the robot proves less than reliable, the devious duo scheme to kidnap the real Kong from his remote island home of Mondo. But interfering with their plans are the heroic trio of U.S. Cmdr. Carl Nelson, Lt. Jiro Nomura, and Kong's current crush, Lt. Susan Miller. It's up to them to outwit the greedy ape-nappers in this sci-fi adventure that takes Kong to unprecedented heights of excitement." DVD FEATURES: NTSC Region 1; Widescreen Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1; Audio: English; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; Interactive Menus; Scene Access. VIEWER COMMENT: "Just as Rankin & Bass had tackled Tolkien before Jackson did, they also did a King Kong movie. Once again we have a remote island where Kong lives. He also meets a blonde beauty and falls in love. But this version has more. We have an evil villain who has constructed a giant robot Kong to aid him in his schemes. But the villain, Dr. Hu, discovers that the real Kong would work even better. Now add some gorilla mind control, suitmation, miniature sets, and titanic battles between giants and you get an unforgettable epic (even if you want to forget it). The result is a film that fits somewhere between the original and a Godzilla film. Visually speaking the film is pure Godzilla-style and a credit to the Kaiju films of its day. While not as polished as some modern Kaiju films no Kaiju library should be without one. The dubbed dialogue actually adds to some of the fun as the villain gloats and compares the two Kongs."