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 ...
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


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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Release Date:

27 November 1965 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Gamera  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the only film in the Gamera series that was filmed in black and white. See more »


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


[first lines]
[English version]
Alex: Here we are. It looks wild, huh?
Catherine: You can say that again.
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The only "serious" original Gamera flick
16 July 2003 | by (Pacific Ocean) – See all my reviews

What I loved about this movie is that Gamera is treated as a "bad-ass" villain monster out to destroy Tokyo like Godzilla in his earlier films. The rest of the movies turned Gamera into a child loving superhero. The effects were great rivaling and even surpassing most of the Godzilla films at the time. The scenes of American actors that were shot were actually quite well done. It was fun watching the U.S and Soviet ambassadors arguing at the U.N. Gamera looked pretty cool as well with his glowing eyes and elephant-like roar. Loved the psychedelic glowing animated flying sequences. Got to love that "Plan Z" over-the-top ending. And you can't help but dig that cool theme song. Gameraaaa! Gameraaaaa! Yeah!

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