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Daikaijû Gamera (1965)

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From out of the arctic comes a gigantic flying, fire-breathing turtle that sets its sights on destroying Tokyo.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eiji Funakoshi ...
Dr. Hidaka
Harumi Kiritachi ...
Kyoko Yamamoto
Junichirô Yamashiko ...
Aoyagi
Yoshiro Uchida ...
Toshio Sakurai
Michiko Sugata ...
Nobuyo Sakurai
Yoshirô Kitahara ...
Mr. Sakurai
Jun Hamamura ...
Professor Murase
Kenji Ôyama ...
Minister of Defense
Munehiko Takada ...
Soviet Representative
Yoshio Yoshida ...
Eskimo Chief
Jun Osanai ...
Chidori Maru Captain
Daihachi Kita ...
Chidori Maru Navigator
Kazuo Mori ...
Chidori Maru Radioman
Kôji Fujiyama ...
U.S. Arctic Base Commander
Osamu Ôkawa ...
U.S. Air Base Radar Technician
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Storyline

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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A sequence with Gamera attacking two strippers in a nightclub was shot, but cut from the final finished version of the film. See more »

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

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enjoyable on its own terms, whatever those are
17 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It doesn't make sense to give this film a bad rating - but it really doesn't make sense to rate it at all.

Don't assume that means that this film is so ridiculous, it's beyond redemption... well, it IS ridiculous and beyond redemption; but it is certainly enjoyable on its own terms.

If this film is easy to misunderstand, it's because it's really difficult to say what 'it's own terms' really are. It begins clearly intending to compete with the successful Godzilla series; but somewhere about mid-way, it suddenly decides to be about a lonely young boy. In order to salvage its science-fiction credentials, it then comes up with an impossible solution to the Gamera threat to the human race - I can't tell you what it is, but it would take the entire assets of the developed nations of the world to pull off - it might be better to let the big turtle stalk around and just stay out from beneath his feet.

On top of all this wild nonsense, the American release print, which is the only one I know available, adds on some wonderful campy stuff, like the televised debate about the possible existence of the big turtle, and lowest-budgeted attempt to portray a meeting of the UN Security Council you are ever likely to see - even the one in the Adam West Batman movie looks spectacular in comparison.

There is no way to wrap your brain around this one, so don't bother. A guilty pleasure to the max. And one more important point in its favor - unlike most of the other '60s Gamera films, this one moves along at a fine pace and never drags.

So microwave some kettle corn and munch down - you deserve not to take life so seriously you can't enjoy a bit of fluff like this.


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