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April 1967 (Japan) See more »
Even mightier than 'King Kong'!
An expedition in the South Pacific lands on a tropical island where the natives worship the mysterious deity Gappa... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Tamio Kawachi ... Hiroshi Kurosaki
Yôko Yamamoto ... Itoko Koyanagi
Yuji Okada ... Daize Tonooka
Kôji Wada ... Mashida

Tatsuya Fuji ... George Inoue
Keisuke Inoue ... President Funazu
Zenji Yamada ... Captain of the Kamome-maru
Bumon Koto ... Chieftain
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
Sanpei Mine ... Islander 1
Takashi Koshiba ... Reporter 2
Kensuke Tamai ... Islander 2
Minoru Sato ... Reporter 3
Kiyoshi Matsuoka ... Islander 3 (as Seiji Matsuoka)
Hiroshi Itoh ... Reporter 4
Mike Danine ... Petty Officer
Ruich Fidancer ... Captain of the Sea Angels
Paul Scheman ... Professor

Directed by
Haruyasu Noguchi 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ryûzô Nakanishi  (as Ryuzo Nakanishi)
Gan Yamazaki 

Produced by
Hideo Koi .... producer
Original Music by
Seitarô Ômori 
Cinematography by
Muneo Ueda 
Film Editing by
Masanori Tsujii 
Art Direction by
Kazumi Koike 
Production Management
Tsuguhiko Koishi .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Masaru Konuma .... assistant director
Sound Department
William Ross .... voice recording director
Saburô Takahashi .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Isamu Kakita .... special effects photographer
Kenji Kaneda .... special effects photographer
Yoshiyuki Nakamura .... special effects photography
Akira Watanabe .... special effects director
Camera and Electrical Department
Moriyasu Tsuchida .... lighting technician

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Also Known As:
"Gappa the Triphibian Monsters" - USA (video title)
"Monster from a Prehistoric Planet" - USA (dubbed version)
"The Triphibian Monster" - Philippines (English title)
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90 min | Argentina:95 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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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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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Monster from a Prehistoric Planet (Haruyasu Noguchi -Japan 1967), 13 January 2007
Author: Camera Obscura from The Dutch Mountains

A group of intrepid explorers is sent on an expedition to find exotic animals (and people) for a new theme park to be built by a magazine tycoon who also happens to publishes Playmate Magazine. Soon, the group lands on an island in the South Pacific, where they discover an isolated tribe of natives who worship a mysterious God named Gappa. When the land is ruptured by an earthquake, the explorers come upon a cavern containing a reptilian egg. They take it back to a Japanese research center, where the creature hatches and is studied by a group of not too bright scientists. Unfortunately, the parental Gappas show up to claim their newborn lizard, trashing most of Tokyo in the process.

I had a great time watching this piece of nonsense. Just about everything in this film is a complete riot. After a somewhat slow first half, the action is almost non-stop and there's plenty of stupendous dialog to keep you entertained. The production values consist mostly of hilariously cheap-looking scale models, the story and the acting are ridiculous and most of the characters are empty-headed idiots, especially for a group of scientists. The monster, Gappa, is a kind of bird-lizard, basically a ridiculous looking over-sized chicken. When it flies, it sounds like an airplane, but that's probably the result of a slip-up in the sound effects, because the creature gets attacked by fighter planes a couple of times.

Made by the Nikkatsu Studios to make a late cash-in on the success of Godzilla- and many other monster movies and - what I understand - it was also meant as a kind of satire on the monster movie craze. Well, that aspect of the film was a bit lost on me, or probably got lost in time or translation, but then, I'm hardly an expert on Japanese old-school kaiju-flicks.

Camera Obscura --- 6/10

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