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Daikaijû kettô: Gamera tai Barugon (1966)

A giant monster that emits a destructive ray from its back attacks Japan and takes on Gamera.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kôjirô Hongô ...
Keisuke Hirata
Kyôko Enami ...
Karen (as Kyoko Enami)
Yûzô Hayakawa ...
Kawajiri
Takuya Fujioka ...
Dr. Sato
Kôji Fujiyama ...
Onodera
Akira Natsuki ...
Ichiro Hirata
Yoshirô Kitahara ...
Professor Amano
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Dr. Matsushita
Bontarô Miake ...
Jutarô Kitashiro ...
Self-Defense Force Commander (as Jutarô Hôjô)
Kazuko Wakamatsu ...
Sadae Hirata
Yuka Konno ...
Onodera's Lover
Eiichi Takamura ...
Governor of Osaka
Ken'ichi Tani ...
Lee
Kôichi Itô ...
Metropolitan Police Superintendent-General
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After a treacherous expedition to retrieve a giant opal, disaster strikes as the opal reveals itself to be an egg which spawns Barugon, demon dog from Hell! Armed with a deadly tongue and cold beams, Barugon wreaks havoc on Japan. Gamera comes to save the day. Written by Jonah Falcon <jonahnynla@mindspring.com>

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Trivia

This is the only film in the series to not feature a child as the main human character. See more »

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English language version: If Barugon's weakness is water, how did he swim from the sunken ship to the shore without any difficulties, especially if he was in a weaker state at the time? The translation neglects to mention that he's only vulnerable by fresh water; salt water doesn't harm him. See more »

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Best of the original Gamera movies
9 December 2002 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I have to agree with the first comment and say that this is the best of pre-1995 the Gamera's. I've seen five of them, Guiron and Zigra both being indescribably bad (even when I watched them as a 13 year old I thought so). This one is honestly pretty good, a step-up from the stone age-looking Gamera, which was made in 1965 but looked like it was made in 1954! First off, there isn't too much flashback footage and when it is used, it's actually well-edited and has some pretty cool narration and atmospheric music. There's a random dam attack scene which I still cant figure out why it's there, and then the real story starts with the protagonists finding a jewel that eventually turns into the secondary monster.

Gamera plays a pretty minor second-fiddle this time around, with Barugon, an admittedly more interesting monster, hogging most of the screentime destroying things. I really liked the plotting with the greedy guy accidentally waking the monster with his heat-lamp, and then getting eaten when he ruins the army's plan by trying to steal a giant diamond.

This has the best music and best scenes of destruction of any of the Gamera movies and most of Jun Fukuda's Godzilla films. While it's still Daiei, which most of the time is sub-Toho in every respect, this film shows that around 1966 Daiei actually managed to surpass Toho every now and then effects-wise. Good directing too: the tone is surprisingly mature this time around and it's got a really dark and humorless undercurrent to the whole thing.

My favorite Gamera movie, followed by the... so unintentionally hilarious, it makes me crack up thinking about it... Gamera vs. Gaos.


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