Trailer: “Doctor Kong” (aka the Faux Sequel to “King of Kong”)

Technically “Doctor Kong” is no more a sequel to Seth Gordon’s “The King of Kong” than, say, “We Were Here” is a sequel to “The Times of Harvey Milk” or “Shine a Light” is a sequel to “Gimme Shelter.” But I’m still going to think of it as “The King of Kong Too,” at least until I see it. The new doc was directed by Alexis Neophytides, who recently was a P.A. on Liz Garbus’ “Shouting Fire,” and follows the story of Dr. Hank Chien, a New York gamer who (I think still) holds the record for highest Donkey Kong score, having topped both “King of Kong” characters, Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell.

It doesn’t look quite as good as Gordon’s film, lacking a semblance of the rivalry story appeal of “The King of Kong,” but I am curious. I guess I missed its debut at Brooklyn’s bowling alley bar, The Gutter, last month. Next stop is The Midwest Gaming Classic at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel this weekend.

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About Christopher Campbell
I am a blogger for Documentary Channel and Movies.com, where I write the Doc Talk column. I prefer real stories to fake ones. I tweet here: @thefilmcynic

2 Responses to Trailer: “Doctor Kong” (aka the Faux Sequel to “King of Kong”)

  1. people say it isn’t quite as good as gordon’s film (king of kong). well gordon’s film of course had professional editing and a large story background. this looks professionally edited as well and although it is about one person and not two competing against each other, i am MORE interested in how a plastic surgeon whose primary interest is medicine shares such a common hobby as playing donkey kong, something your average joe does. this is very interesting. i cannot wait to show this to my students!

  2. I’ve uploaded this to YouTube if you’re interested: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMZlE0r3LeQ

    It isn’t fair to compare it to ‘King of Kong’ as it’s only a short, totalling less than 18 minutes, but it’s terrific for what it is.

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