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Daikaijû kûchûsen: Gamera tai Gyaosu (1967)

A gigantic bat emerges from a volcano to terrorize Japan and only one thing can stop it...Gamera!



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Credited cast:
Kôjirô Hongô ...
Foreman Shiro Tsutsumi
Kichijirô Ueda ...
Tatsuemon Kanamura
Reiko Kasahara ...
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Naoyuki Abe ...
Eiichi Kanamura
Tarô Marui ...
Yukitarô Hotaru ...
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Kenji Ôyama ...
District Police Commissioner
Fujio Murakami ...
Dr. Murakami
Kôichi Itô ...
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Teppei Endô ...
Road Company Local Affairs Director
Shin Minatsu ...
Okabe the Photographer
Teruo Aragaki ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yukie Kagawa ...
Road Company Chairman's Secretary (as Hiroko Nishi)


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Release Date:

15 March 1967 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Gamera vs. Gaos  »

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This is the first film in which Gamera bleeds. See more »


Army officer: Dr. Aoki, as a zoologist what would you say the beast is? Would you say it's a bird, or is it a reptile?
Dr. Aoki: I would like to say there isn't any recorded history of it...let's just call it a monster.
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Followed by Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion (1996) See more »

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Gaos is downright terrifying.
10 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Most of the Gamera series films are not all that good. In fact a few were downright bad. However a few of the Gamera Films were very good, this happens to be one of the very good Gamera Films.

Gamera reappears and heads towards a mountain. A helicopter travels over the same mountain and notices strange lights glowing from within. Then a bright yellow beam emerges slicing the helicopter in half. Later on a young boy is walking down within the mountains and is snatched by a giant winged monster. Gamera appears and saves the boy but has his arm sliced up badly by this other monsters yellow ray. The boy is interviewed and says that the other monster that fought Gamera is called Gaos because that is the sound it made. ???????????? While Gamera is recovering in the ocean people fear that Gaos will attack. However it is soon figured out that Gaos is nocturnal so he will only attack at night time. Gaos attacks the city and fights Gamera again, Gaos seems to have won the fight but shoots his own foot off since Gamera was biting it and the sun was coming out. It is figured out that sunlight causing Gaos to shrink and die. Keeping Gaos out in the sun seems to be the way to defeat him, but it soon seems to appear that only Gamera can stop him.

THis is one of the best Gamera series, up there with Gamera vs Barugon. This is the first time that Gamera is the good guy and he would remain a hero for the rest of this series. I think that Gamera makes a much better heroic monster than Godzilla and it seems to work a lot better but I am not exactly sure why. Maybe because he is a turtle who can fly, like Superman. So basically Gamera being a good guy seems to work out and this is the first film where he is a good guy.

The villain in this film, Gaos, is awesome. Gaos is my favorite monster from the Gamera series. A truly terrifying monster who fits the villain role perfectly. Gaos looks evil, he has sharp teeth, huge wings that make wind storms, shoots gas out of his chest, his eyes glow, shoots a yellow ray that slices up everything, eats people for their blood, makes a terrifying screech, and flies fast over buildings. The part where he eats the guy who thought his hand was a tree scared me so bad when I was a little kid that I had to hide behind a chair. Great villain and the most popular of Gamera's villains. Gaos would return in the film Gamera vs Guiron and also later in the millennium series. Gaos is to the Gamera series what Ghidorah is to the Godzilla series.

The music is great in this film. It goes with the flow of the film great, especially the scenes where Gaos is attacking the city.

This film goes back to the idea of Gamera being the friend of children, something that was not touched upon in Gamera vs Barugon. This is something that you almost never see in Godzilla Films, other than Godzilla's Revenge.

There is a lot of blood spilled in this film. Gamera gets his arm sliced up bad, Gaos loses a foot, and other brutal stuff happens. Gamera films never have a lack of blood being spilled and this is another major difference between the Gamera Series and the Godzilla Series. At times they go overboard on the blood and it does get disgusting and ridiculous at times. I guess they just want to show how gruesome fights can be. Defitely all the blood spilling and violence makes some parts in Gamera films non forgettable.

The monster fights are really good. For the first time and maybe only time, the final battle in a Gamera Film is not one sided. The final fight is actually pretty close and the argument can be made that Gaos is Gamera's toughest foe.

This is one of the two best Gamera Films. Worth watching, go see it. It is a movie that I will always remember.

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