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Gamera vs. Barugon (1966)

Daikaijû kettô: Gamera tai Barugon (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 17 April 1966 (Japan)
A giant monster that emits a destructive ray from its back attacks Japan and takes on Gamera.

Director:

Shigeo Tanaka

Writer:

Niisan Takahashi (as Nisan Takahashi)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Akira Natsuki Akira Natsuki ... Ichiro Hirata
Yoshirô Kitahara Yoshirô Kitahara ... Professor Amano
Ichirô Sugai ... Dr. Matsushita
Bontarô Miake Bontarô Miake ... Self-Defense Force General
Jutarô Kitashiro ... Self-Defense Force Commander (as Jutarô Hôjô)
Kazuko Wakamatsu Kazuko Wakamatsu ... Sadae Hirata
Yuka Konno Yuka Konno ... Onodera's Lover
Eiichi Takamura Eiichi Takamura ... Governor of Osaka
Ken'ichi Tani Ken'ichi Tani ... Lee
Kôichi Itô Kôichi Itô ... Metropolitan Police Superintendent-General
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Storyline

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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

17 April 1966 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Gamera Strikes Again See more »

Filming Locations:

Kobe, Hyogo, Japan

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original idea for the film involved ice-based aliens invading Earth and oppressing humanity. Another idea the studio considered involved an ice giant from Scandinavian folklore. Eventually, the ice concept was carried over into Barugon's freezing ability. See more »

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During the final battle between the monsters, Gamera is shown ramming Barugon near the head in close ups, but further down the body in long shots. See more »

Alternate Versions

In 1985, the original 101 minute Japanese version was released on American television and home video by Sandy Frank Film Syndication, Inc. under the title GAMERA VS. BARUGON. While Frank's release contained the 14 minute exposition sequences that were removed from the American International Pictures-TV (A.I.P.-TV) WAR OF THE MONSTERS version, Frank's version boasted a "new" English language track that differs from the original A.I.P.-TV English dub. This "new" dub was actually created in the mid-60s by a Hong Kong company, to aid the production company in selling the film overseas. In Frank's version, the original Japanese title sequence has been replaced with English translated credits superimposed against an image of moving ocean water. The same stock shot of crashing waves was used for three of the other four Gamera films Sandy Frank re-edited. See more »

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A fair review
17 March 2007 | by dee.reidSee all my reviews

Shigeo Tanaka directed "Gamera vs. Barugon" in 1966, the second film to feature the giant fire-breathing turtle Gamera. I'll be the first to give "Gamera vs. Barugon" a fair review. This second entry into the original seven-film series is probably my favorite, simply because it doesn't feature any annoying Gamera friends; you know what I mean, kids. "Gamera vs. Barugon" is the only movie in the series to not feature annoying adolescents who can communicate with the monster. In this second feature, greedy fortune hunters head to New Guinea where they believe a priceless opal was hidden during the Second World War. Alas, they find it, but one of them is greedier than the other two and kills them both off (well, one of them is stung by a poisonous scorpion, and the other, the hero of the story, survives the attempted assassination). What the greedy man doesn't know, is that what he has in his possession is not a jewel at all, but a monster's egg, Barugon's egg. The infant monster, once exposed to infra-red heat rays, grows to its mature size and begins attacking Japan. Gamera interferes but is defeated quite easily by Barugon's freezing vapor. Meanwhile, the hero and a village girl travel back to Japan, using the ancient legends (combined with modern scientific technology) to try to defeat Barugon once and for all. When these plans fail miserably, it appears that only Gamera stands a chance of bringing Barugon's reign of terror upon Japan to an end. I'll understand this film's low rating, but believe me, as a Gamera fan (and Godzilla too), this is probably the best film in the series. Gamera is off-screen for the most part, and the new monster Barugon takes center stage laying waste to Japan. Forget the bad dubbing for once, too. The musical score is pretty exotic and atmospheric, almost comparable to anything featured in the "Godzilla" series of films. Still, for a movie that was made in '66, the effects hold up surprisingly well, even if it is easy to find the many faults with them. Believe it or not, I actually like the older kaiju films much rather than their special-effects/CGI-laden, modern-day counterparts. For these reasons, "Gamera vs. Barugon" gets a five out of 10 from me.

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