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Gamera: The Giant Monster (1965)

Daikaijû Gamera (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 27 November 1965 (Japan)
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From out of the arctic comes a gigantic flying, fire-breathing turtle that sets its sights on destroying Tokyo.

Director:

Noriaki Yuasa

Writer:

Niisan Takahashi (screenplay) (as Fumi Takahashi)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eiji Funakoshi ... Dr. Hidaka
Harumi Kiritachi Harumi Kiritachi ... Kyoko Yamamoto
Junichiro Yamashita ... Aoyagi (as Junichirô Yamashiko)
Yoshiro Uchida Yoshiro Uchida ... Toshio Sakurai
Michiko Sugata Michiko Sugata ... Nobuyo Sakurai
Yoshirô Kitahara Yoshirô Kitahara ... Mr. Sakurai
Jun Hamamura ... Professor Murase
Kenji Ôyama Kenji Ôyama ... Minister of Defense
Munehiko Takada Munehiko Takada ... Soviet Representative
Yoshio Yoshida ... Eskimo Chief
Jun Osanai Jun Osanai ... Chidori Maru Captain
Daihachi Kita Daihachi Kita ... Chidori Maru Navigator
Kazuo Mori Kazuo Mori ... Chidori Maru Radioman
Kôji Fujiyama Kôji Fujiyama ... U.S. Arctic Base Commander
Osamu Ôkawa Osamu Ôkawa ... U.S. Air Base Radar Technician
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A nuclear explosion in the far north unleashes Gamera, the legendary flying turtle, from his sleep under the ice. In his search for energy, Gamera wreaks havoc over the entire world, and it's up to the scientists, assisted by a young boy with a strange sympathic link to the monster, to put a stop to Gamera's rampage. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Trivia

This is the only film in the series in which Gamera does not fight another monster. See more »

Goofs

In the English language version, special effects director Yonesaburo Tsukiji is mistakenly credited as Yonesaburg Tsukiji. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[English version]
Alex: Here we are. It looks wild, huh?
Catherine: You can say that again.
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Alternate Versions

Not released in the USA until 1985, to home video and television, by Sandy Frank under the title GAMERA. To that day, the only way to (partially) see it was the movie Gammera the Invincible, which used the special effects footage from the original Japanese film but most scenes involving human actors were replaced by new ones featuring an American cast. The Sandy Frank version, one of his usual dubbing jobs, was the whole original Japanese footage except for the opening credits sequence, replaced by English translated credits superimposed over an image of moving ocean water. Another difference is that in the Frank dub the names of some characters are Americanized (i.e. Toshio is renamed Kenny). See more »

Connections

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Debut of the Tusked Turtle
23 May 2012 | by gigan-92See all my reviews

Gamera's debut film and the rise legendary rival of Godzilla as the King of Japanese monster cinema. I'm going to say this right now, but I'm not much of a fan of Gamera's early films. There were a few interesting ones, like "Gamera vs. Gyaos" and "Gamera vs. Barugon", however, the original series went to sh*t at a much faster rate than the showa Godzilla films. 1968's "Gamera vs. Viras" is a staple to that statement and of course the series would only get worse till the 80s film "Gamera: Super Monster". This film isn't as good as "Gamera vs. Gyaos" and "Gamera vs. Barugon", but is far superior to latter entries.

Positive notes, well for his debut, Gamera looks pretty awesome. The city stomping scenes are well done, of course Japanese studios by 1965 having had lots of practice. The pacing is brisk and believe it or not doesn't drag. Most kaiju films have interesting finales and if you haven't seen this one you'll either laugh or sit in awe. Either way good fun. And the score is far from Akira Ifukube quality, with wildly switching moods, but it hold together.

Bad points, eh, too much borrowed from other monster movies. A monster emerging from the ice, obviously lifted from "Beast from 20, 000 Fathoms" and the black and white look of the film is borrowed, if you will, from the original 1954 Gojira. I suppose that's what happens when you come in that lame in the game. Plus the child character kind of grated on my nerves, a true turtle lover all right. The movie takes itself rather seriously with notions of the Cold War as opposed to the 1965 Toho release "Invasion of Astro Monster" which was light-hearted but more memorable. That film had awesome colorful cinematography, the likes of three monsters (Godzilla, Rodan, and King Ghidorah!!" and a fun and yes zany plot. Plus it was scored by the maestro Akira Ifukube. Comparing it to this film isn't really fair, but Godzilla for the win this round.

However, I still highly enjoy the vintage sci-fi and I recommend the movie to classic sci-fi lovers.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

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Release Date:

27 November 1965 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Gamera See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Daiei Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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