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Gamera vs. Viras (1968)
"Gamera tai uchu kaijû Bairasu" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Action, Family, Sci-Fi  |  20 March 1968 (Japan)
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Gamera the Flying Turtle falls under the spell of evil aliens, but two children free him and he returns to fight the aliens' monster, Viras.

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(as Fumi Takahashi)
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Kôjirô Hongô ...
Scout Master Mr. Shimida
Tôru Takatsuka ...
Masao Nakaya
Carl Craig ...
Jim Crane (as Carl Craig Junior)
Michiko Yaegaki ...
Mariko
Mari Atsumi ...
Junko Aoki
Junko Yashiro ...
Masako Shibata
Peter Williams ...
Dr. Dobie
Kôji Fujiyama ...
Commander of Self Defense Force
Yoshirô Kitahara ...
Masao's Father
Munehiko Takada ...
Jim's Father
Mary Morris ...
Mrs. Crane (as Mary Murrows)
Chikara Hashimoto ...
Doctor A
Kenji Go ...
Doctor B
Akira Natsuki ...
Doctor C
Ken Nakahara ...
Doctor D
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A group of aliens from another planet head for Earth with the intentions of conquering it. Their first ship is destroyed in transit by the giant flying turtle Gamera. A second ship makes it to Earth and captures two Boy Scouts and holds them captive so that Gamera will not attack them. The aliens then implant a remote control device into the monster's neck and use the great turtle to attack Tokyo. The boys then come up with a plan to foul up the remote control device to the point where Gamera does the opposite of what he is ordered to. As a result Gamera destroys the aliens ship, but then has to contend with their giant squid like leader Viras. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Action | Family | Sci-Fi

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20 March 1968 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Gamela vs. Bairus  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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American International titled their U.S. version "Destroy All Planets" after the success they had with the release of Ishiro Honda's Destroy All Monsters (1968) under the title "Destroy All Monsters". See more »

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For the U.S. version releaed by American International under the title "Destroy All Planets," director Noriaki Yuasa's name is listed on screen as "Kenji Yuasa." See more »

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A fine introduction to the Giant Turtle
26 September 2003 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

This has to be the hardest Gamera film to find, in these post NAMBLA days. It does have a whole bunch of recycled footage, but since it was my introduction to the character, it didn't bother me, until I saw the films it was swiped from, later on. After I saw this a whole bunch of times on KTLA, I became a serious fan. Yeah, it's cheesy, but I didn't care, and I still don't. The dubbing was supervised by Bret Morrison, a post-Orson Welles voice of "The Shadow" on radio, and he was pretty astounded when I asked him about it at a late-70's Multiple Sclerosis fundraiser. It's good cheese, and I wouldn't be without it! Also, this and "Super Monster Gamera" (even worse, for much the same reasons) are the two Gamera films that didn't get worked over by Mystery Science Theatre 3000.

Pax!

--Judex.1--


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