KING KONG ESCAPES
Aka "King Kong Strikes Again", "King Kong's Counterattack"
Toho spent a pretty penny to license the character of King Kong for their monster brawl epic “King King vs. Godzilla”, so much in fact that it would just be foolish to only use the character for one measly film. Toying with giving Kong his own film for a while in the “Toho Universe” of monster movies (even replacing Kong with Godzilla in “Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster” for a more marketable value), Toho finally gave in when American producers Rankin/Bass approached them to due a live action tie-in to their cartoon series “King Kong” which was popular at the time. To fans dismay this means this is NOT a follow-up to “King King vs. Godzilla” despite the same production company and director. However don’t let lack of connection to that film get one down as this is still one monstrously entertaining ‘guy-in-a-suit’ Japanese flick.
Written By Eric Reifschneider