Doctor Kong Trailer: Yet Another Arcade Game Documentary

For obvious reasons, I am a pretty big fan of Seth Gordon’s 2007 documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, which captures the intense battle between Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe as they both try to attain the coveted title of Donkey Kong World Champion. One of the few unsatisfying things about the movie is the fact that the story never seems to end, because the title has continued to change hands ever since the release of the film. Things became even more complicated last year when a third contender entered the picture and stole the title away from both Mitchell and Wiebe: 35-year-old plastic surgeon Hank Chien. Chien’s skills have earned him the nickname Doctor Kong, and now he is also getting a documentary of his own called Doctor Kong: Cutting Up the Competition.

Directed by Alexis Neophytides, it’s somewhat unclear if this is a feature-length doc or just a short. The teaser trailer doesn’t look nearly as compelling or entertaining as The King of Kong, but I still can’t help being a little bit curious. Odds are this will be just another arcade game documentary that gets forgotten along with similar films like Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade, but at the very least Chien seems like an interesting personality. Doctor Kong does not yet have an official release date, so stay tuned to the official website for info on upcoming screenings. Check out the teaser trailer after the jump.

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  • *Steve Wiebe

  • Oops… fixed. Thanks!

  • Paul

    You don’t know if its a short? IMDB has it listed at 18 minutes

  • Yeah I saw that, I just wasn’t sure if maybe the director had since decided to turn the short into a feature length doc. From what I’ve read about the screenings, however, it doesn’t sound like it.

  • mike

    it also says a short documentary on the film’s home page.

  • Cannondale

    If the dude doesn’t laugh a lot I’ll see it

  • Looks pretty tame considering it could be interesting. What is the actual arc of the short documentary going to be? It seems nothing beyond a few controlled conversations. It would be more interesting seeing the doctor out of his comfort zone.

  • Hannes

    The guy looks like he’s pretty funny to watch, but I think it looks like a pretty amateur production.

  • Yasser Serious

    Billy Mitchell is the head of the Bilderberg Group.

    I just thought everyone should know …..

  • Colin

    It looks pretty crappy, and the subject is grating…

    And I don’t mean Donkey Kong.