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Daikyojû Gappa (1967)

Unrated | | Comedy, Family, Horror | April 1967 (Japan)
An expedition in the South Pacific lands on a tropical island where the natives worship the mysterious deity Gappa. An earthquake opens up an underground cavern and a baby reptile is ... See full summary »

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Tamio Kawaji ...
Hiroshi Kurosaki (as Tamio Kawachi)
Yôko Yamamoto ...
Itoko Koyanagi
Yuji Kodaka ...
Daize Tonooka
Kôji Wada ...
Mashida
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George Inoue
Keisuke Inoue ...
President Funazu
Zenji Yamada ...
Captain of the Kamome-maru
Bumon Koto ...
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Kôtarô Sugie ...
Reporter #1 (as Hiroshi Sugie)
Saburô Hiromatsu ...
Hosoda
Binnosuke Nagao ...
Cmdr. Riku
Masaru Kamiyama ...
The Professor
Kokan Katsura ...
Saburo Hayashi
Shirô Oshimi ...
Oyama
Yoko Oyagi ...
Aihara
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An expedition in the South Pacific lands on a tropical island where the natives worship the mysterious deity Gappa. An earthquake opens up an underground cavern and a baby reptile is discovered inside. The natives warn the foreigners to leave the hatching alone, but they don't listen and take it back to a zoo in Japan. Soon after, moma and papa Gappa start smashing Tokyo looking for their kidnapped child. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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This is the only monster movie (kaijû eiga) released by Nikkatsu. Unfortunately, after this film was released, the company nearly went out of business. See more »

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Daikyojû Gappa
("Great Giant Beast Gappa")
Opening & Ending Theme (Japanese Version only)
Music by Masao Yoneyama
Arrangement by Iwao Shigematsu
Lyrics by Hikari Ichijô
Performed by Katsuhiko Miki
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a bizarre kaiju film with giant gryphon-esquire creatures
4 January 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

i only saw this once & once only. people find this egg of an unknown animal, when it hatches it turns out to be a strange sea monster. the parents find the egg missing & go on a destructional rampage destroying cities, sinking ships, crashing planes while flying & burninating people with elemental breathes until they find they're baby. at the end they are reunited by they're child who is now older with the humans happily watching, they see the giant dragons fly off back to they're cave not to be disturbed again, along with the film's badly sang theme song ending it. it was the only kaiju film this company did, just an attempt to get big money like the Godzilla & gamera series that were around at the same time. it's still an enjoyable movie, the DVD could be a rare find & collectors's item for kaiju fans. the monsters are the most interesting of many famous ones: they have eagle-like beaks with pteranodon-like crest, large wings with scales in the place of feathers, horns under they're cat-like ears, large red owl-like eyes, & complete the creature with the usual amphibious Dino-man body. if you're into very rare monster movies? this one is a great find.


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