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Gamera vs. Viras (1968)

Gamera tai uchu kaijû Bairasu (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Family, Sci-Fi | 20 March 1968 (Japan)
Gamera the Flying Turtle falls under the spell of evil aliens, but two children free him and he returns to fight the aliens' monster, Viras.

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(as Kenji Yuasa)

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(as Fumi Takahashi)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kôjirô Hongô ...
Scout Master Mr. Shimida
Tôru Takatsuka ...
Masao Nakaya
Carl Craig ...
Jim Crane (as Carl Craig Junior)
Michiko Yaegaki ...
Mariko
Mari Atsumi ...
Junko Aoki
Junko Yashiro ...
Masako Shibata
Peter Williams ...
Dr. Dobie
Kôji Fujiyama ...
Commander of Self Defense Force
Yoshirô Kitahara ...
Masao's Father
Munehiko Takada ...
Jim's Father
Mary Morris ...
Mrs. Crane (as Mary Murrows)
Chikara Hashimoto ...
Doctor A
Kenji Gô ...
Doctor B
Akira Natsuki ...
Doctor C
Ken Nakahara ...
Doctor D
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A group of aliens from another planet head for Earth with the intentions of conquering it. Their first ship is destroyed in transit by the giant flying turtle Gamera. A second ship makes it to Earth and captures two Boy Scouts and holds them captive so that Gamera will not attack them. The aliens then implant a remote control device into the monster's neck and use the great turtle to attack Tokyo. The boys then come up with a plan to foul up the remote control device to the point where Gamera does the opposite of what he is ordered to. As a result Gamera destroys the aliens ship, but then has to contend with their giant squid like leader Viras. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Action | Family | Sci-Fi

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20 March 1968 (Japan)  »

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Gamela vs. Bairus  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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hope you like stock footage ...
3 June 2005 | by (parts, unknown) – See all my reviews

I saw this when I was a kid growing up in Michigan, watching 'monster week' on the 4:30 movie on channel 7. Just recently I purchased a DVD release from Diamond Entertainment called 'Japanesse Monster Movies' that contains four Gamera movies altogether. I used to like this particular film so I was interested in seeing this again.

For starters, a lot of the sets and I believe even some of the props and costumes have been taken directly from 'Gamera vs Guiron'. But at least 45 percent of this film is composed of stock footage from older films. Perhaps the funniest scene in the movie is when they show footage from the original Gamera film- a black and white movie- and try to pass it off for something that is happening in the present, even though this film was shot in color.

The kids in this film take charge of the situation and try to help Gamera out when the adults are content to do little or nothing. There's a lot of Kiaju 'gore' in this film, a funny yet kind of cool alien invader and stupid, stupid henchmen who get their heads knocked off )!) before the mutate into other squid-like creatures.

This is actually less boring than the previous films. Since the aliens are studying the previous Gamera fights in order to defeat him, the film is full of fairly cool monster battles. The final battle against Viran is a good one!


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