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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 <>

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Release Date:

27 November 1965 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Gamera  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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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?
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Classic Kaiju!
21 February 2001 | by (Morristown, NJ) – See all my reviews

Sure the film is silly if you're not a fan of the Japanese monster movie genre. But if one catches the right version of this film, which is the original American dubbed version, and not the grotesque Sandy Frank re-dub that's been deservedly sent up on MST 3000 many times, then you'll end up watching instead a credible entry in the "kaiju" genre that was the first effort by Toho rival Daiei to come up with their answer to Godzilla.

The original Japanese version (and the Frank redub) has some particularly horrible scenes involving American Air Force personnel in the opening, including among others a would be actor playing the general who looks and sounds like he's auditioning to replace Curly in a Three Stooges short. The original US version thankfully replaces all of these scenes with more credible looking ones featuring some professional actors, especially Dick O'Neill ("The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three") as the general who is so good you wish he'd been in the rest of the movie instead of over the hill Brian Donlevy who plays the US general in charge of the operation.

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