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Release Date:
April 1967 (Japan) See more »
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Even mightier than 'King Kong'!
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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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Aip: American-International Pictures is Back!
 (From Dread Central. 11 June 2010, 1:09 AM, PDT)

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OK semi-remake of Gorgo{1961},good monster fun for fans of the more juvenile Godzilla movies See more (38 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Tamio Kawaji ... 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
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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
 
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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
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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There was an urban legend that Nikkatsu's international English prints originally had a racist line, "The monsters are attacking Tokyo. Fortunately they are attacking the Negro section of town." (and that the line was changed). This was untrue.See more »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
OK semi-remake of Gorgo{1961},good monster fun for fans of the more juvenile Godzilla movies, 16 March 2005
Author: DrLenera

If you like the Japanese Godzilla movies of the 60s and {especially}the 70s made by Toho Studios, than you're probably like this effort, a not totally successful but fun attempt by Shockiku Studios to get in on the act.

King Kong obviously inspired the early section of the film,but oddly enough the film mostly bases it's plot on the British 1961 monster movie Gorgo {itself a Godzilla imitation},with a baby monster captured by humans and it's angry parent wrecking havoc to get him back. However,unlike Gorgo's one vengeful parent,here we have both mum and dad monsters attacking poor Japan {one wonders why anyone still bothers to live there in these films,since it's always being destroyed by giant monster year after year}.

The film lacks the polish of the Toho films,with the miniatures lacking in detail and some rather drab photography and poor editing. Music is mediocre although the two songs {only in the subtitled version}are memorable for the wrong reasons. However,the family Gappa are uniquely weird monsters,the action is pretty continuous after the first half an hour and the final reunion scene involving the monsters is touching. There are some amusing touches which gently mock the genre. Feminists be warned though-the end scene where the human heroine realises her role in life will probably offend you greatly!

Hardly a classic of monster movies but silly and entertaining anyway. A good one to introduce young kids to the genre.

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