The Behind the Scenes Pics of the Day’s corns always hurt when they’re near a monster.
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!
Men in suits! Men in suits! Big monkey and big lizard together at last in this column! Today we have a shot from the making of King Kong Vs. Godzilla, the first time either monster were filmed in color. Not that you’d know it from the black and white photo below, but an interesting bit of trivia nonetheless.
Unless I’m mistaken, and I often am, the trio featured front and center are King Kong, director Ishiro Honda and Godzilla. I mean, I know the monsters, I’m just not positive on the director. Either that’s Honda or it’s Godzilla’s drunk uncle.
UPDATE: It has been pointed out to me that the below human amongst the monsts is noneother than Eiji Tsuburaya, well-known Toho special effects director!
It’s a nice shot of some vintage Toho monster madness. Hope you enjoy! Click to embiggen.
If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic never say die!
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Sept. 5, 2011, 6:01 p.m. CST
KK wins but in Japan Godzilla won? Why didn't Peter Jackson remake this??
Sept. 5, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST
Unsubstantiated rumor. And also false. Kong always wins.
Sept. 5, 2011, 6:23 p.m. CST
Sept. 5, 2011, 6:23 p.m. CST
I get the nostalgia factor and the CG Godzilla '98 looked terrible, despite their efforts to cover it up by making it rain like Blade Runner the whole movie. But that was a long time ago. There are some examples of kick ass CG Godzilla footage out there. Anyway, bleating on about "Man in Suit" was just Harry overcompensating for giving Godzilla '98 a positive revi CARRIER LOST
Sept. 5, 2011, 6:26 p.m. CST
That is not. The maestro was Eiji Tsuburaya
Sept. 5, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST
that game kicked dicks
Sept. 5, 2011, 6:35 p.m. CST
Sept. 5, 2011, 6:38 p.m. CST
They're standing right next to Godzilla and King Kong! How is that possible?!?
Sept. 5, 2011, 6:44 p.m. CST
WAS THERE A SCENE IN THIS WHERE KONG KILLS A DINOSAUR BY STEPPING IN ITS MOUTH, CAUSING FAKE FOAM TO GURGLE OUT?
I seem to recall that other than the giant octopus there was a scene with kong fighting a t rex type critter on an island and killing it with a hairy foot stomp to the mouth when the creature was on the ground. Does anbody else remember this scene-it was in the original US release ....or was it a different Japanese Kong flick? Please, anybody, answer this as its been bugging me for years...
Sept. 5, 2011, 6:47 p.m. CST
Sept. 5, 2011, 6:50 p.m. CST
by xavier masterson
You're remembering a scene from King Kong Escapes.
Sept. 5, 2011, 6:50 p.m. CST
Sept. 5, 2011, 7 p.m. CST
I couldn't enjoy this movie, because I was like "King Kong is supposed to be like 25-30 feet tall. Godzilla is like 300 feet tall. Whyyyy are they the same size in this movie??! Godzilla should just be able to step on King Kong!" Also, the King Kong suit was awful.
Sept. 5, 2011, 7:08 p.m. CST
Sept. 5, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST
by Tigger Tales
Sept. 5, 2011, 7:36 p.m. CST
by Bob Dalicandro
The Godfather of Japanese Special Effects. Not Honda
Sept. 5, 2011, 7:36 p.m. CST
by Bob Dalicandro
King Kong Escapes. A film version of the Rankin-Bass cartoon. Made by Toho as well.
Sept. 5, 2011, 7:41 p.m. CST
by Bob Dalicandro
Sept. 5, 2011, 7:48 p.m. CST
I think part of it is that when you were a kid you could tell yourself that with some patience or maybe with the help of some friends who were going at making models, you personally could make a Man in Suit movie. Other types of filmmaking seemed wildly out of reach, back in the pre-camcorder, pre-home-computer days. But Man in Suit looked like it could be done.
Sept. 5, 2011, 7:55 p.m. CST
by maxwell's hammer
...does not contain subject/verb agreement. Middle school English people.
Sept. 5, 2011, 8:17 p.m. CST
In this movie, King Kong looks like he's made of old carpet samples, and his skin is made from purple shit flavored frosting. Kong looks terrible in this movie. On the other side, Godzilla looks amazing and it's one of my favorite versions of him. He's really reptilian, he's a beautiful shade of green and he's tail really moves great in it. His Missile kick 1st appears in his one and he really lays the smackdown on Kong. (except for when Kong jams a tree down his mouth) Was this anti American sentiment? Or budget issues? I mean c'mon. It's like night and day when you compare the suit designs. I love this movie with an apelike nuclear passion.
Sept. 5, 2011, 8:35 p.m. CST
Sept. 5, 2011, 8:42 p.m. CST
Doesn't Godzilla have atomic fire breath? So couldn't he just breath on Kong and Kong would go up like Michael Jackson in a Pepsi commercial?
Sept. 5, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST
Wow-that scene really passed the time test! I believe that Kong Escapes was also th one where Kong comes out of the Iceberg and attacks the submarine? Anyways-it blew me away as a kid. Awesome stuff and pure kitsch.
Sept. 5, 2011, 8:54 p.m. CST
Not so. There are minor changes to the film mostly to the sound track, but in both Japanese and American Versions Kong and Godzilla fall into the ocean, Kong Emerges, no sign of Godzilla.
Sept. 5, 2011, 9:09 p.m. CST
by Bob Dalicandro
besides the US version missing Ifukube's amazing score is the fact that you hear Godzilla roar after the screen fades to black.
Sept. 5, 2011, 9:13 p.m. CST
The Japanese version of "Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman" (Jimmy Wang Yu) has Zatoichi winning, and the Chinese version has Wang Yu winning. Seen 'em both.
Sept. 5, 2011, 9:22 p.m. CST
by Steve Gerard
Yeah Yeah Men in suits and as cool as that is I've got more pressing matters. I need a call to arms. I need you geeks to come together and help me win a contest. I KNOW there's nothing in it for you. Don't be so selfish...ahem... Pleeeease. Please click or copy the tiny url to the Mad Men contest and vote for me. vote like crazy every 24 hours. Thanks Geekdom. Now back to the men in suits, I love the pic Quint! OH yeah Flame away... but at least vote ya scum!
Sept. 5, 2011, 9:30 p.m. CST
by Kevin Rubio
So this Japanese director walks into a bar, with Godzilla under one arm, and King Kong under the other...
Sept. 5, 2011, 9:44 p.m. CST
It's a draw. They just give up.
Sept. 5, 2011, 9:49 p.m. CST
Sept. 5, 2011, 9:54 p.m. CST
It is Kong and only Kong who surfaces at the end and goes home.
Sept. 5, 2011, 9:55 p.m. CST
Sept. 5, 2011, 10:08 p.m. CST
by Chris Moody
I can think of a thousand captions for it! Fantastic film too.
Sept. 5, 2011, 10:26 p.m. CST
Sept. 5, 2011, 10:30 p.m. CST
different endings for different audiences,one for the chinese audience and the other for the japanese,was Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman. In the Japanese version Zatoichi kills the One-Armed Swordsman whereas in the Chinese version the One-Armed Swordsman kills Zatoichi. If it was a Marvel comic-movie,they would have probably stopped their final fight in order to defeat some common enemy,Iron Monkey maybe,who appeared suddenly from nowhere.heh.
Sept. 5, 2011, 10:36 p.m. CST
by The StarWolf
Let's see, Kong gets killed by aircraft firing mere 30 caliber popguns (if that) while Godzilla shrugs off heavy artillery. Plus, Godzilla has a devastating ranged attack with his atomic breath. Yeah, we know who wins.
Sept. 5, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST
I'm always amazed at the detail the model builders put into the miniature cities, and it must have been a blast to go stomping around as the squibs and pyro charges triggered off. Sure, it all looked fake, but that was part of its charm.
Sept. 5, 2011, 11:43 p.m. CST
Maybe it's the shades, but I love this pic. And every Godzilla fan ought to track down the original Japanese version of this movie. Gone are the boring American newsroom scenes and clunky exposition. Instead, you'll find a much richer and funnier adventure film, with a masterful Akira Ifukube score in place of the Universal sci-fi monster movie cues (like those few notes from CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON every time a monster shows up).
Sept. 5, 2011, 11:52 p.m. CST
Still have a soft spot for Gojira movies. As a grown up, revisting a few entries on Netflix, I was surprised that the monsters didn't have much screen time, and that the rest of the movies almost felt Fellinesque. Love the FX techniques still in use for this kind of movies today: it's the prolongation of ancestral puppetry and theatre, most of it is in camera. Think about it: They could perform this live on stage and the results would be as awesome...Hey, there's an idea! (One that model makers wouldn't like, surely ;) )
Sept. 6, 2011, 12:01 a.m. CST
Yep that is not Honda but Eiji Tsuburaya. You can actually see part of that picture on the website about hime here http://www.kaijuhq.org/se.html
Sept. 6, 2011, 12:27 a.m. CST
I have a soft spot for giant monsters.
Sept. 6, 2011, 12:41 a.m. CST
by Darth Binks
Sept. 6, 2011, 2:46 a.m. CST
Sept. 6, 2011, 5:01 a.m. CST
All we ever get anymore is tidbits of useless information or pictures of old movies no-one cares about.
Sept. 6, 2011, 5:29 a.m. CST
by Righteous Brother
Don't you mean Remade? I saw this, film when I was very young, always wanted to see it again, never did. Never did. And that's one flea bitten ugly Kong.
Sept. 6, 2011, 8:11 a.m. CST
Go watch The Piano for the 200th time and beat your meat into oblivion, perv. Most of us on here actually give a shit or two about Hollywood's golden age.
Sept. 6, 2011, 8:12 a.m. CST
Sept. 6, 2011, 9 a.m. CST
...Akiko Wakayabashi and Mie Hama....who also turn up Woody Allen's joke-re-dub masterpiece "What's Up Tiger Lily?"
Sept. 6, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST
There is only one ending of this film. Both versions of the film end the same way: Kong and Godzilla crash into the ocean, and Kong is the only monster to emerge and swims home.
Sept. 6, 2011, 10:48 a.m. CST
by Kentucky Colonel
Of the 28 Godzilla and Associates movies made I think I have all but one. Yes, that includes Godzilla v. Megalon. I certainly hope Toho gets all the copyright issues settled so we can get real releases of the entire catalog ala the wonderful 7 disc box that Toho put out a few years ago, with both US and TOHOSCOPE original presentations. I have the VHS of "Megalon" from Goodtimes Video and a DVD copy (in TOHOSCOPE) from the one time Sci-Fi was permitted to air the US version (the audio is way to tinny, alas). This may be my eldest son's favorite Godzilla movie...the 1933 King Kong is still rightly so his favorite King Kong movie. Not bad for a kiddo who's not even four yet. I need to see if my local cult video store (the amazing WILD and WOOLY Video) has the Japanese cut of this one. For all you Men In Suit I Hate It Cuz It Looks So Cheezey check out some of the later titles from the 90's and beyond. Sure, it's the same old formula but the effects are, well, less silly. GMK, otherwise known as Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monster All Out Attack is a great place to start. The final in the series, so far, Godzilla: Final Wars, is also not to be missed. They make a great jab at GINO, saying that "The US thinks it was Godzilla that attacked, but our guys don't think so". VIVA TOHOSCOPE!
Sept. 6, 2011, 10:50 a.m. CST
Godzilla was my fav. My cousin had the old HUGE Godzilla with the fire tongue action. I was so jealous. I probably drew 100's of pictures of him. On an unrelated note, I happen to catch an old Charlies Angels last night on Universal HD. Guess what I noticed? CAMEL TOES IN EVERY SHOT!!! gotta love the High Def.
Sept. 6, 2011, 10:52 a.m. CST
Not sure why these haven't been revived in some capacity! With effects today, these could actually not only be fun, but....good flicks or least not laughable. The only thing that ever ruined these for me was the terrible dubbing of the actors. Not sure where the problem was, but the actors always came off looking so stupid and foolish.
Sept. 6, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST
I dig the hell out of Godzilla, 1985. Why? Exactly.
Sept. 6, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST
that's the one with the robo-Godzilla right? I remember the main bad guy getting crushed in his torso by a big table sliding in on him and him dying with blood coming out of his mouth. On a boat.
Sept. 6, 2011, 12:59 p.m. CST
Such concentration. Deep Thoughts, Monkey Boy, Deeeep Thoughts. Well, Harry....I'd say your campaign of subliminal propaganda for Del Toro's "Pacific Rim" has gotten off on the right foot. Just keep jamming in a Toho Studios man-in-shitty-suit photo once a week or so, some almost-porn of on-set Jap babes in bikinis (Maybe a dressing room pinhole camera shot), jack up the nostalgia voltage, increase the frequency of said photos as PR's release date nears, and everything will turn out just ducky. We're counting on you, Harry. Del Toro MUST have a smash hit movie, so that the fucking ignorant studios will green-light a huge production budget and approve an "R"-rating for "At The Mountains Of Madness".
Sept. 6, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST
by Darth Macchio
It's kinda ridiculous too if you think about it. I kept waiting for the explanation as to why or how King Kong went from 20-30feet (B&W original & eventual Jackson version) or even 45-55ft (Jessica Lange version) to being over 300 feet tall (equivalent to Godzilla). And then knowing Godzilla's flying drop kick and radiation breath plus the fact that he should be at least 220 feet taller - it's ludicrous that Godzilla would even be bothered by King Kong or would need do anymore than a quick march-stomp to dispatch the big ape. Granted, I'm biased - Kong never really did it for me though the voice effects in the '78 version are awesome (and blatantly reused in 'Avatar' and other films) and I've been a Toho Godzilla fan forever... Now - if it was King Kong vs The Host, that might be a better battle. And, of course, Cloverfield vs Godzilla would be a nice, if quick battle too...with G comin out on top of course...(tho Cloverfield was supposed to be an infant beastie so who knows what he'd grow up to be).. But one thing for sure Kong has on Godzilla - Kong is most definitely a ladies man...whereas G just kicks the shit out of monsters and us regularly. But Godzilla did have a kid but then I don't recall a misses anywhere in the mix so Godzilla gets points for being a single dad too.
Sept. 6, 2011, 1:24 p.m. CST
Sept. 6, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST
I"ve never seen the Japanese original, but I understand it presents a very satiric view of TV journalism.
Sept. 6, 2011, 11:02 p.m. CST
...Dracolon or the Gargoyle Vine!!! Just wait, puny Earthlings! Soon you will share their fate! hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!
Sept. 7, 2011, 7:38 p.m. CST
I have been trying to figure out a certain movie I saw as a kid. It had a big ape (more Mighty Joe Young than King Kong) and at the end he was running next to a car with the two leads in it. It was most certainly made in the 60's or early 70's, and in color I believe.
Oct. 3, 2011, 1:27 a.m. CST
@ben_richards_bomb_collar (and others) King Kong in KING KONG VS GODZILLA is not the monster from the original film. It is a whole new creation who exists in the world of Godzilla and stands at 45 meters (148 feet), 5 meters shorter than Godzilla's 50 meter (164 feet) height. @zombre Word round the campfire is Kong's costume was created from dead dog carcuses. Not in an insulting way, but in a truth sort of way. Also, here's why Kong looks so bad: The rights to Kong were ungodly expensive and producer John beck told Toho that he's go halfsies on the rights with them. He pulled out, leaving Toho holding the bag. Toho immediately cut the budget. The trip to Sri Lanka to shoot scenes on Faro Island was out (replaced by Oshima Island out in Tokyo Bay). And since the effects department had already built the miniatures and the Godzilal costume, guess what suffered when the effects budget got axed? So, yeah, why does Kong look so poor? No, it wasn't the Japanese who did it. It was an American's fault. Said American went so far as to ruin the movie for U.S. release because he didn't understand the Japanese version and said Akira Ifukube's music, I kid you not, "sounded too Asian." @hipshot & killik The Chinese version of ZATOICHI MEETS THE ONE ARMED SWORDSMAN isn't exactly canon. Chinese distributors shot their own ending for the movie using a stand-in. It is not Shintaro Katsu who dies in their version. Your mileage may vary, but I don't give that version any credence at all since it wasn't made by the actual creative team who made the film. @the starwolf Kong wins because he was the hero of the movie and Godzilla was the villain. No more, no less. Eiji Tsuburaya wasn't about to go against things children were taught (good is triumphant, bad loses). So yep, Kong wins. Godzilla is defeated. @darth macchio According to the publicity for the original Kong film, Kong was 50 feet tall in it as well. He's 50 feet in the two DeLaurentiis movies as well. And as mentioned above, Godzilla is 164 feet tall in KKvsG. He would not be 100 meters (330 feet until the 90s). @one9deuce I believe you are describing KING KONG ESCAPES. The end of the film features a scene similar to what you describe.
Nov. 6, 2011, 9:12 p.m. CST
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