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27 November 1965 (Japan) See more »
From out of the arctic comes a gigantic flying, fire-breathing turtle that sets its sights on destroying Tokyo. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Eiji Funakoshi ... Dr. Hidaka
Harumi Kiritachi ... Kyoke 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
Ikuji Oka ... U.S. Fighter Pilot
Bokuzen Hidari ... Old Farmer
Fumiko Murata ... Old Farmer's Wife
Shigeru Katô ... Old Farmer's Grandson
Jutarô Hojo ... Self-Defense Force Commander
Daigo Inoue ... Self-Defense Force Adjutant
Takehiko Goto ... Self-Defense Force Cessna Pilot
Chiduru Ko ... Stripper A
Ryoko Oki ... Stripper B
Kenichi Tani ... Officer
Akira Shimizu ... Dancing Youth
Yasuo Araki ... Self-Defense Force Soldier A
Kenji Ohba ... Self-Defense Force Soldier B
Ichigen Ohashi ... Mr. Ueda
Fujii Tatsushi ... Official at Haneda Airport
Yûji Moriya ... News Announcer
Kenichiro Yamane ... Geothermal Station Engineer
Tsutomu Nakata ... Toshio's Uncle
Wakayo Matsumura ... Customer
Misato Kawashima ... Preschool Teacher
Saburo Kurihara ... Ichiro
Tetsuro Takeuchi ... Announcer - Japan Broadcasting Station
Shin Minatsu ... Announcer - Sapporo Broadcasting Station
Rin Sugimori ... Police Station Chief
Shinichi Matsuyama ... Operator A
Toichiro Kagawa ... Operator B
Kyôsuke Shiho ... Fish Seller A
Shunji Sayama ... Fish Seller B
Ken Nakahara ... Fish Seller C
Shigeo Hagiwara ... Child at Lighthouse B
Tetsu Furuya ... Child at Lighthouse C
Osamu Maruyama ... Atomic Energy Research Institute Chief
Toshio Maki ... Atomic Energy Research Institute Staff A
Kazuo Sumida ... Atomic Energy Research Institute Staff B
Ichiro Ise ... Reporter A
Shinji Sayama ... Reporter B
Hajime Munechika ... Reporter C
Tsukako Fujino ... Stewardess
M. Anabai
Richardson ... U.S. Arctic Base Personnel
Streihan ... U.S. Arctic Base Personnel
Ranson ... U.S. Arctic Base Personnel
Brown ... U.S. Arctic Base Personnel
Hartman ... U.S. Arctic Base Personnel

Directed by
Noriaki Yuasa 
Writing credits
Nisan Takahashi (screenplay) (as Fumi Takahashi)

Produced by
Sandy Frank .... producer (US version)
Hidemasa Nagata .... producer
Masaichi Nagata .... executive producer
Yonejirô Saitô .... producer
Original Music by
Tadashi Yamauchi 
Cinematography by
Nobuo Munekawa 
Film Editing by
Tatsuji Nakashizu 
Production Management
Yonejirô Saitô .... production manager
Sound Department
Masao Ôsumi .... sound recording supervisor
Special Effects by
Ryosaku Takayama .... monster design
Yonesaburo Tsukiji .... special effects director

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Also Known As:
"Gamera" - USA (dubbed version)
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Japan:78 min | USA:81 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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This was the final kaiju movie to be filmed in black & white.See more »
Miscellaneous: 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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Debut of the Tusked Turtle, 23 May 2012
Author: gigan-92 from United States

Gamera's debut film and the rise legendary rival of Godzilla as the King of Japanese monster cinema. I'm going to say this right now, but I'm not much of a fan of Gamera's early films. There were a few interesting ones, like "Gamera vs. Gyaos" and "Gamera vs. Barugon", however, the original series went to sh*t at a much faster rate than the showa Godzilla films. 1968's "Gamera vs. Viras" is a staple to that statement and of course the series would only get worse till the 80s film "Gamera: Super Monster". This film isn't as good as "Gamera vs. Gyaos" and "Gamera vs. Barugon", but is far superior to latter entries.

Positive notes, well for his debut, Gamera looks pretty awesome. The city stomping scenes are well done, of course Japanese studios by 1965 having had lots of practice. The pacing is brisk and believe it or not doesn't drag. Most kaiju films have interesting finales and if you haven't seen this one you'll either laugh or sit in awe. Either way good fun. And the score is far from Akira Ifukube quality, with wildly switching moods, but it hold together.

Bad points, eh, too much borrowed from other monster movies. A monster emerging from the ice, obviously lifted from "Beast from 20, 000 Fathoms" and the black and white look of the film is borrowed, if you will, from the original 1954 Gojira. I suppose that's what happens when you come in that lame in the game. Plus the child character kind of grated on my nerves, a true turtle lover all right. The movie takes itself rather seriously with notions of the Cold War as opposed to the 1965 Toho release "Invasion of Astro Monster" which was light-hearted but more memorable. That film had awesome colorful cinematography, the likes of three monsters (Godzilla, Rodan, and King Ghidorah!!" and a fun and yes zany plot. Plus it was scored by the maestro Akira Ifukube. Comparing it to this film isn't really fair, but Godzilla for the win this round.

However, I still highly enjoy the vintage sci-fi and I recommend the movie to classic sci-fi lovers.

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