2015-02-17

King Kong Kudos.

I'm a big fan of all versions of the movie King Kong. Then again, who isn't?

For those of you who've never seen the movie, Jonathon Winters can help you.



I don't ever recall seeing a novelization of King Kong but there was one written, even before the movie came out. I wouldn't mind reading that some day. In the meantime, I'll have to make do with the Japanese mangatized version of the story. Alas, only the first couple and last couple of pages are in colour.



























 (No matter what I do, this picture won't rotate properly.)



Did you know that there was a Japanese version of the movie way back in 1933? Too bad it has been lost.
From the  Wiki page,  "An obscure Japanese clone Japanese King Kong (和製キングコング Wasei Kingu Kongu), directed by Torajiro Saito featuring an all-Japanese cast and produced by the Shochiku company, was also released in 1933. Detailed information outside of Japan about this film cannot be found."


 And it has a sequel also mostly lost. "A Japanese-made monster/period piece that was produced by a company called Zensho Cinema in which King Kong attacks medieval Edo (modern Tokyo), and arguably Japan's first Kaiju (giant monster) film, predating Godzilla by sixteen years."




Without getting into the Toho KK vs. Godzilla (a story for another day), I'll leave you with the Japanese version of our favourite King Kong cartoon from the 60s.

6 comments:

Sean Kelly said...

I found the novel version in a coffee shop in Tampa. However, it might have perished in the great book purge my wife conducted before moving over here.

Michael Jones said...

Ouch, that hurts.

Sean Kelly said...

Well I was here and she was there, so I had little say in what made the cut. But she was doing what she thought best for the long run with storage and shipping limits.

Michael Jones said...

Probably a wise move on her part. I have thousands of comics and stuff in a locker in Canada that I've been purging piece by piece for the last 17 years. I'm going to try and do a final purge next week.

Sean Kelly said...

She also purged my comics which I had whittled down from 40 long boxes to 6 shorts, but it had my complete run if Usage Yojimbo and she ditched my collected editions as well. Still, what's done is done and I cannot complain.

Michael Jones said...

Bummer yet I need to do some comics purging as well. Is your wife available? I can't do it on my own.

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