|King Kong Escapes. Courtesy British Film Institute and Universal Pictures|
By the director of Godzilla
, King Kong Escapes
is classic kaiju (a popular Japanese term referring to monsters) kitsch.
Mad scientist Dr Who, played by Eisei Amamoto (a well-loved bit-part villain), builds a giant robotic Kong to mine plutonium.
The robo-Kong fails and the doctor is forced to kidnap the real King Kong to continue his project. Inevitably, Kong is too wild and breaks loose and heads for Tokyo.
The robo-Kong is sent after his namesake and, in a climatic showdown, not one but two Kongs cling precariously to the top of Tokyo Tower.