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King Kong Escapes (1967)

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The Spike
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:54 pm    Post subject: King Kong Escapes (1967) Reply with quote


It's very easy for us to understand. You see, as ridiculous as it may sound, Kong is a male and, uh, Miss Watson is... Well, see for yourselves, gentlemen.

King Kong Escapes is directed by Ishirô Honda and written by Takeshi Kimura. It stars Rhodes Reason, Mie Hama, Linda Miller, Akira Takarada and Hideyo Amamoto. Music is by Akira Ifukube and cinematography by Hajime Koizumi.

King Kong Escapes' actual Japanese title is King Kong's Counterattack and it was a live action tie-in to the 1966 animated series simply called King Kong (AKA: The King Kong Show). Knowing this really helps to set you up for what to expect from King Kong Escapes, for it is in essence a live action cartoon!

Pic on a plot basis is as you would expect all very silly. It features an evil genius who has invented a mechanical robot King Kong, an Asian babe intent on boosting her nuclear arsenal for world domination, a UN submarine crew complete with pretty lady to melt the real Kong's heart, and naturally some creature smack-downs.

Naturally the effects work is dicey, but fun with it, though Kong looks too daft for menace value, in fact he looks like he has been on the Columbian Ciggies! There's a cool fight with Gorosauras, a leaping dinosaur whose fight tactic is to repeatedly drop kick its enemy with both feet! While it all builds to the inevitable big face-off finale as the two Kong's tear it up. Who wins? Will Tokyo be obliterated? Well you wont really care but you will have fun getting there!

Characterisations are wonderfully cheese laden, none more so than evil Dr Who (Amamoto), resplendent in black cape and with deadly pointed eyebrows. He sets the tone early on, with a devilish glint in his eye as he sets about aiding the sultry Madame X (Hama) with bonkers science fiction pumped machinations. Rhodes Reason sticks his chest out for American heroics, likewise Takarada for the Japanese front, and Miller (appallingly and strangely dubbed) potters about looking pretty and keeping Kong in check. Hooray! 5/10

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2022 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This was the first SF film I ever saw. Five years old and my dad called me in the house to watch it since I spent too much time outside, a move I'm sure he grew to regret for the rest of his life as it started me down the slippery slope on the road to Nerdsville Laughing

Still have a soft spot for it (and Linda Miller Wink )

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2022 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


Ah yes, the traditional "Kong cops a full-body feel", which was first done in the 1933 classic, when Mr. Kong delicately disrobes Miss Wray and samples the aroma of her cologne as he strips her.

________________ Kong Undresses Ann Scene


In King Kong (1976) the gentlemanly simian washes off Jessica Lange in a waterfall and then carefully dries her off with a banana-scented "blow job" (so to speak). For some reason she seem to get erotically stoned during the process!

_________ King Kong - Showering Dwan (1976)


But in King Kong Escapes the Mammoth Monkey just hikes Miss Miller's skirt up a little. Rolling Eyes

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