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17 April 1966 (Japan) See more »
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A giant monster that emits a destructive ray from its back attacks Japan and takes on Gamera. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Kôjirô Hongô ... Keisuke Hirata
Kyôko Enami ... Karen
Yûzô Hayakawa ... Kawajiri
Takuya Fujioka ... Dr. Sato
Kôji Fujiyama ... Onodera
Akira Natsuki ... Ichiro Hirata
Yoshirô Kitahara ... Professor Amano
Ichirô Sugai ... Dr. Matsushita
Bontarô Miake ... Self-Defense Force General
Jutarô Hojo ... Self-Defense Force Commander
Kazuko Wakamatsu ... Sadae Hirata
Yuka Konno ... Onodera's Lover
Eiichi Takamura ... Governor of Osaka
Kenichi Tani ... Lee
Kôichi Itô ... Metropolitan Police Superintendent-General
Hikaru Hoshi ... Awaji Maru Captain
Osamu Abe ... Awaji Maru Crewman
Yoshihiro Hamaguchi ... Awaji Maru Crewman
Jun Osanai
Joe Ohara ... Karen's Father
Tsutomu Nakata ... Hayashi
Yûji Moriya ... News Announcer (voice)
Shinji Kawashima
Gai Harada ... Kishimoto
Kazuo Mori ... Awaji Maru Crewman
Yasuo Araki ... Awaji Maru Crewman
Shin Minatsu ... Awaji Maru Crewman
Takehiko Goto
Toichiro Kagawa ... Man at Observatory
Kenichiro Yamane ... Man at Observatory
Nobuko Shingu
Hiroko Nishi
Michiyo Hikari
Takashi Masuda ... Butodan
Genzô Wakayama ... Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yukie Kagawa ... Girl in Village - Karen's Friend (as Hiroko Nishi)
Teruo Aragaki ... Gamera (uncredited)

Directed by
Shigeo Tanaka 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nisan Takahashi 

Produced by
Sandy Frank .... producer (US version)
Masaichi Nagata .... producer
 
Original Music by
Chûji Kinoshita 
 
Cinematography by
Michio Takahashi 
 
Film Editing by
Tatsuji Nakashizu 
 
Special Effects by
Noriaki Yuasa .... director of special effects
 

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Also Known As:
"Gamera Strikes Again" - USA (DVD box title)
"Gamera vs. Barugon" - USA (reissue title)
"The Great Monster Duel: Gamera vs. Barugon" - Japan (English title)
"War of the Monsters" - USA (dubbed version)
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Runtime:
106 min | Germany:92 min | USA:88 min (TV version) | 100 min (DVD)
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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The first Gamera movie in color.See more »
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Continuity: During the final battle between the monsters, Gamera is shown ramming Barugon near the head in close ups, but further down the body in long shots.See more »

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
An out of left field surprise that hits all the marks, 26 June 2008
Author: Emideon from Los Angeles, U.S.A.

Gamera tai Barugon was the first in a long line of often Horrendous sequels, a film which in my view is a lost and well forgotten gem. The sequel to the first Gamera film, "Gammera The Invincible" a black and white cheap but fun knock off of the very successful and prestigious (at the time especially since it was the year of Godzilla vs Monster Zero, the pinnacle high water mark in terms of production values and casting), the first film was such a hit Daiei went on to make the Daimajin films and this Gamera sequel.

Now apparently I own the Sandy Frank version, seeing as how this film is only available on extremely low budget DVD packs, mine came with an especially grainy blurred and discolored version of the film with terrible audio quality. However despite this almost terminal flaw to the watch-ability of a film, I not only sat through it, but hugely enjoyed it.

I wasn't just impressed that a knock off series could have a quality story to tell, but its production values were pretty decent and the characters actually involving. The film begins with 3 men out to find an enormous opal, one of the three men is the brother of the man who left the opal there (we are told during the Second World War). The men travel to the cave and find it. The story afterword is filled with betrayal, lies and greed, the three characters are distinct and we sympathize with at least two of them, making the following events all the more shocking. The opal we find out in a far fetched scene involving an X ray machine is actually an egg, containing Barugon, he dashes to the sea with the boat in flames. Our surviving original member asks their financier to pony up for a diving team to find the opal, but reveals too much and another dramatic scene ensues. The Gamera fight scenes were also very interesting and fun, full of bizarre ideas like a giant diamond and rainbow beams. Usually such contrasting events would ruin the other, but here they work in this cartoonish film, we see the drama and care for it, and we at times forget were watching a picture about a giant turtle and long tongued lizard. It is always rare to see a kaiju films that not just exceeds your expectations but breaks precedent, which very surprisingly, this film did.

8/10

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