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King Kong Escapes

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King Kong Escapes (1967)

The following weapons were used in the film King Kong Escapes:

King Kong Escapes (キングコングの逆襲 Kingu Kongu no Gyakushū, lit. King Kong's Counterattack) is a 1967 Toho film co-produced with Rankin/Bass Animated Entertainment, directed by Ishiro Honda and written by Kaoru Mabuchi. The story revolves around a criminal organization led by the mad genius Dr. Who (Hideyo Amamoto) using a giant robotic double of King Kong called Mechani-Kong to dig up a highly radioactive ores known only as "Element X", which is ten times more radioactive than any other known radioactive element and can be used to create even more powerful nuclear weapons. He plans to sell Element X to a representative of an unnamed Asian nation, Madame Piranha (Mie Hama) (called Madame X in English dubs) so her nation can build an arsenal of nuclear weapons.

When Element X proves to be too radioactive, causing Mechani-Kong to malfunction, a new plan is made to kidnap the real King Kong and mind control him into mining Element X. Now a team of U.N. explorers must free the giant ape, stop Dr. Who and Madame Piranha as the story leads to a confrontation between the legendary ape and his robotic double.


Nambu Type 14

U.N. Lieutenant Commmander Jiro Nomura (Akira Takarada) at one point is armed with a Nambu Type 14 as he explores the scene of King Kong's kidnapping.

Early Nambu Type 14 - 8x22mm Nambu
Jiro Nomura (Akira Takarada) arms himself in case King Kong's kidnappers are still around.

Colt Model 1903/1908

One of Dr. Who's guards holds the U.N. explorers at gun point with what appears to be a Colt Model 1903/1908 to make them comply.

Colt 1903 Hammerless with Colt Wood Grips - .32 ACP
The guard threatening to punish any disobedience with lethal force.

Baby Browning

Dr. Who (Hideyo Amamoto) is armed with a small nickle plated pocket pistol he uses to kill an island native. The gun could be a number of pocket pistols but appears to be a Baby Browning.

Baby Browning - .25 ACP
Dr. Who aiming at the island native.

CZ 45

Madam Piranha (Mie Hama) has a pocket pistol that appears to be a CZ 45 which she uses to hold Dr. Who at gun point. He manages to disarm her and hold her at gunpoint with her own pistol.

CZ 45 - .25 (6.35mm)
Madam Piranha's pistol.
Madam Piranha (Mie Hama) aims her pistol Dr. Who.
Dr. Who (Hideyo Amamoto) with Madam Piranha's pistol.

Submachine guns

M1928/M1928A1 Thompson

Dr. Who's ship guards are armed with M1928/M1928A1 Thompson which they use to fire upon Jiro Nomura, Carl Nelson and Susan Watson as they escape his ship. Later they crew tries to use their Thompsons on King Kong as he attacks the ship.

M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine and early 'simplified' rear sight that would be adopted for the M1 Thompson - .45 ACP
The guards stop firing as the shipis being rocked by King Kong.


M1 Garand

U.N. Lieutenant Commmander Jiro Nomura (Akira Takarada) carries an M1 Garand with him early in the film as he explores an island. Several of Dr. Who's capture team and the JSDF soldiers are seen with them as well.

M1 Garand with leather M1917 sling - .30-06
Jiro Nomura (Akira Takarada) with his M1 Garand.
Dr. Who's capture team with their rifles.
JSDF troops hoping out of a truck with their rifles.

Battle Rifle

Howa Type 64

Early in the film the submarine crew fire their Howa Type 64 at King Kong and a Giant Sea Serpent as they fight, they stop firing once Carl Nelson is able to convince them that King Kong is not the enemy. Later Jiro Nomura uses a Howa Type 64 to destroy the hypnotic device on top of Mechani-Kong's head, forcing the robot to fight his flash and blood counterpart.

Howa Type 64 - 7.62x51mm
Jiro Nomura aims the battle rifle at Mechani-Kong.


Browning M1919

Dr. Who's ship is armed with mounted Browning M1919s which are used on King Kong as he attacks the ship.

Browning M1919A4 on an M31C pedestal mount - .30-06 Springfield
The ship crew open fire on King Kong as he attacks.

Sumitomo M2HB Machine Gun

Several Type 61 tanks and jeeps can be seen armed with Sumitomo M2HB heavy machine guns.

Browning M2HB - .50 BMG
A jeep with an Browning M2.
Type 61 tanks with their Browning M2.

Recoilless Rifles

M20 recoilless rifle

Several jeeps armed with M20 Recoilless Rifle are on stand by as King Kong and Mechani-Kong fight.

M20 Recoilless Rifle on jeep - 75x408mm R
A jeep armed with an M20 in the background.

Fictional Weapons

Hand Grenades

Mechani-Kong's Hand Grenades

During the mining operation in Antarctica, Mechani-Kong (Hiroshi Sekita) is armed with a belt filled with giant hand grenades which it uses to excavate through the ground and ice. Oddly the pins are on the bottom instead of the top. Sadly Mechani-Kong never uses these in combat against his living counterpart, King Kong.

A close up of the "grenades".
Mechani-Kong wearing its belt of "grenades".


Toy Gun

Early in the film when opening the submarine hatch to let Susan Watson in, Jiro Nomura is armed with a rifle. The gun appears to be just a silver toy used as a prop for the film.


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