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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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27 November 1965 (Japan)  »

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This is the only film in the series with Gamera as the antagonist. 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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[first lines]
[English version]
Alex: Here we are. It looks wild, huh?
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Dr. Cyclops meets Prof. Quatermass!
21 June 2003 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

This review is of the American version of the film which has additional scenes offering two of the movies favourite scientists, Albert Dekker (Dr. Cyclops) and Brian Donlevy (Prof. Quatermass) together. Once it became obvious that Toho Studios had a hit with Godzilla other studios wanted their own monsters. Daiei came up with a giant fire breathing, flying turtle. Well, why not? Freed from the arctic ice by (what else?) a nuclear explosion Gammera heads for (you guessed it!) Tokyo to cause the usual panic and destruction. Gammera is not a mutation of atomic radiation (like another giant monster who shall go nameless at this point) he comes from a time so remote in Earth's pre-history that his cell structure differs from all other living things. He gets energy from heat and eats fire to survive! This makes all modern weapons useless. What to do? The military comes up with Plan Z which is surely the most outrageous way of getting rid of a giant monster that has ever been used in a movie! Does it work? Well . . .until the sequel it does! Both versions of this film are fun though I have a preference for the original Japanese versions of all movies of this genre. Actually this movie has many incarnations. This version which was done in 1965, another version with different dubbing done by Sandy Frank in the 1980's and the original, subtitled Japanese version. They vary just enough to make each version original. Gammera, and this is the only movie where his name is spelled with two "m"'s, is a villain in this one but he learns rather quickly to become a good guy in the later sequels. There has been talk for the last 10 years about a movie where Gammera battles Godzilla. Toho Studios claims this will never happen. Still, you never can be sure.


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