No, I’m not talking about the final scene of King Kong where he breaks free from the stage show to go on a rampage, I’m talking about a stage production of King Kong that will be happening in Melbourne in June 2013! Complete with a giant King Kong puppet, which I support because of the very tiny chance there will be a puppet apocalypse and the King Kong robot breaks free from the stage show to go on a rampage.
Five years in the making, KING KONG will feature a cast of more than 40 actors, singers, dancers and circus performers, and a team of puppeteers who will bring to life one of the most technologically advanced puppets in the world – a one-tonne, six-metre tall silverback gorilla.
The exciting score will feature modernised musical standards including I WANNA BE LOVED BY YOU, BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE A DIME and GET HAPPY from the worlds best contemporary artist, as well as dazzling choreography, traditional puppetry, breathtaking circus skills and advanced animatronics to showcase one of the most romantic and timeless love stories of our time.
Written by Vishwanath Panday, Pandit Mathur, Mastji, and Majrooh Sultanpuri (lyrics)
Directed by Babubhai Mistry
Not that King Kong, there are no giant apes in this movie, though there are guys who sort of look like giant apes when you squint, or at least fat blogs. Nope, this is 1962s Indian epic King Kong, starring the great Dara Singh in his first starring role. You remember Dara Singh from Samson right? The Infernal Brains Podcast about Dara Singh? Well, if not, you now have a bunch of extra listening and reading to do! For the rest of us, this is an entry in the MOSS (Mysterious Order of the Skeleton Suit) Conspiracy Big Muscle Tussle, featuring dudes and chicks with muscles doing muscular things in muscular ways. Said muscular ways usually means punching many things. Click on the MOSS Page to see many more entries, as long as your roid rage is low enough you won’t Hulk Smash all our webpages. As for King Kong, let’s just say that there is a giant monster in the beginning of the film, but it’s all downhill from there!
Dara Singh was born in 1928 in the Punjab village of Dharmuchak. He wrestled in local tournaments while growing up, but went to Singapore to seek employment as a laborer. He ended up learning East Asian wrestling techniques – in addition to the Indian (and surrounding regions) technique called Pehlwani – and returned to India. With his brother Randhawa, the two became professional wrestlers and soared through the ranks. By the 1970s, Dara and his brother were the highest paid wrestlers in India, earning 30-40 times the going rate for bouts. Dara was also the “world champion” in the local circuits.
Prior to his lead role here, Dara Singh had been relegated to stunt work in films like Sangdil (1952), Pehli Jhalak (First Sight) (1955), and Jagga Daku (1959). In King Kong and many of his later films, Dara helped do the fight choreography, as he thought the usual Indian choreography didn’t look real enough. As Dara Singh comes from a lower caste, there was often trouble finding leading women who would appear with him. Besides Kum Kum from this film, his usual partner was Mumtaz (seen here in Samson) Dara’s lower caste status helped instill him as a hero of the common man, though his films usually had him suddenly discover his noble roots (as this one does.) After his movie career slowed down, Dara Singh gained a new generation of fans when he appeared in the 1980s tv series Ramayana playing Hanuman.
The movie’s title King Kong is even taken from wrestling. Though a reference to the giant ape, King Kong became a wrestling title, one which Dara Singh soon claimed, winning it off of stocky Hungarian wrestler Emile Czaja – who often went billed as King Kong (including his appearance in this film!) Dara winning the King Kong title gave him enough fame that director Babubhai Mistri decided he would be bankable as a leading man. The added fact that it was cheaper for people to buy movie tickets than to pay for wrestling tickets was just gravy. Due to distribution politics/drama, low-budget stunt films like King Kong were usually exhibited in rural areas, often with the director or star in attendance presenting the film.
Director Babubhai Mistri did effects work at Wadia Movietone, and directed many mythologicals in the 1950s (mythologicals being a genre of Indian cinema that does stories from the religious texts.) by by the 60s was unable to direct big picture films, thus he turned to the B movie circuit and making Dara Singh a star.
Like most surviving Dara Singh films, King Kong is available on badly encoded unsubtitled vcd with the craptastic video quality you expect. And the vcd has commercials on it..in the middle of the film! Luckily, a few Dara films have started to migrate to DVD, so maybe, just maybe, we’ll get some of his awesome stunt films on DVD soon…
As this is the inaugural Dara Singh starring flick, they didn’t trust him to headline the picture by his lonesome, so they threw in another character, the handsome swashbuckler type Badal (played by Chandrashekhar) There is also a comic relief sidekick for Badal. Comic relief sidekicks were so in vogue at this time, the evil warrior character Evil Guy also has his own comic relief sidekick. As you have probably noticed by some of the names, I haven’t figured them all out yet.
Categories: Movie Reviews, Ugly Tags: awful monster costumes, Babubhai Mistry, Bollywood, Chandrashekhar, Dara Singh, India, Kamal Mehra, King Kong, Kum Kum, Leela Mishra, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Mastji, Pandit Mathur, Parveen Choudhary, Sheila Kashmiri, Uma Dutt, Vishwanath Panday, We don't need no stinking subtitles, yellowface
King Kong is back again, this time in animated form (again), in a new film which will be done from the point of view of King Kong. I don’t know if this is the evolution of the long-rumored King of Skull Island project. The story is based on Mike Weber’s story (he’s producing) and is coming out of the Fox Animation studio.
A History of Kong movies/shows:
- King Kong - The original and still the best (1933)
- Son of Kong – a quick followup made late the same year
- Wasei Kingu Kongu – a lost 1933 Japanese cash-in on King Kong
- King Kong Appears in Edo – a lost film from Japan featuring a giant ape attacking Edo from 1938
Animated musical The Mighty Kong 1998 (where Kong survives falling off the Empire State Building)
- King Kong fought Godzilla in 1962′s King Kong vs Godzilla
- The King Kong Show – a 1966 cartoon series that also became inspiration for King Kong Escapes
- King Kong Escapes is the live action film where Kong fights his robot duplicate
- King Kong – Dino De Laurentiis’s 1976 big budget remake with a giant King Kong mockup and a climatic battle on the twin towers
- King Kong Lives followed up ten years later in 1986
- 1998 gave us the animated musical The Mighty Kong
- Kong: The Animated Series was an official animated series in 2001
Peter Jackson remade King Kong in 2005, which was twice as long as the original despite following the same plot and time period
- 2005′s Kong: King of Atlantis was an animated movie based on the 2001 series made to cash in on Peter Jackson’s film.
- Kong: Return to the Jungle was the 2006 follow up to Kong: King of Atlantis
Directed by John Bacchus
Seduction Cinema vs. King Kong! It is a softcore King Kong erotic parody that actually does a good job of following the plot of King Kong. It was much more close than I was expecting, which was a great surprise. Seduction Cinema does put out a lot of garbage, but there are many jewels in the rough, and I am happy to report this is one of them. Kinky Kong was filmed after Misty Mundae left to pursue other options, so she won’t be joining us, though other Seduction Cinema regulars are present. John Bacchus and Seduction Cinema have a rich history of ultra-low budget softcore produtions, for those of you who aren’t familiar with the group, you have a lot of catching up to do. Try our reviews of That 70′s Girl, Bikini Girls On Dinosaur Planet, or Vampire Vixens to get acquainted with the production company. Then consult your local library. After you get kicked out of the library, consult your local internet. Just be sure to turn off the safe-search function.
This is not the first erotic King Kong film. Ignoring all those movies where girls just bone normal sized apes (a surprising amount of films, by the way) there are actual King Kong hardcore porns. The most famous is 1985′s King Dong, directed by Yancy Hendrieth and starring Crystal Holland.
Normally the Seduction Cinema sex scenes are incredibly long, to the point where I just list the time instead of mentioning the action. Someone must have set some standards, as now most of the sex scenes are exactly four minutes long. This ruins my time counting gimmick, so I guess I’ll have to go watch some of their older films to go back to that fun. Oh, well. Let me find my DVD of Playmate of the Apes…
The book Kong: King of Skull Island, which is a prequel to Kong’s adventures before that blonde girl came along and changed everything, has been optioned and might show up at a theater near you.
Spirit Pictures is looking to breathe new life into King Kong and a project initially developed by effects legend Ray Harryhausen.
Producers at the shingle have picked up the rights to the book “Kong: King of Skull Island,” a prequel to the well-known tale of the big ape.
Penned by Joe DeVito and Brad Strickland, book focuses on the backstory of Skull Island and how the giant gorilla became king there. It introduces other giant gorillas and dinosaurs only hinted at in the previous films.
The book was published at the same time Peter Jackson was producing his remake of “King Kong.”
Oh, and we also have this:
Spirit also is developing “War Eagles,” a project Cooper and Harryhausen had developed together and were nearly set to produce before the outbreak of WWII. The period actioner is set in 1939 and revolves around an ace fighter-pilot who tests a new jet and winds up crash-landing in the arctic, where he encounters a lost civilization that’s been thriving there for centuries.
So we got two monster movies possibly coming soon!
Here are some cool photos of the Toho King Kong suit (from King Kong Escapes) used in the tv shorts tokusatsu series Ike! Greenman. Posted on the Classic Horror Film Board by The Giant Pacific Octopus. Kong was simply called Gorilla and was in episode 33. The original costume had long arm struts which were removed, so his arms flop around. These episodes are not available on DVD anywhere and I don’t have them. It is a tragedy that I hope is corrected one day. (The suit from King Kong vs. Godzilla was modified into the monkey Goro for the Ultra Q episode Goro and Goro)