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
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This was the first film in the series to use flashbacks from the previous Gamera films as a way of saving money on the production. In this film, the flashback sequence lasts approximately fifteen minutes. See more »
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 »
Enjoyable Gamera film, just glad that Sandy Frank didn't re-release this one!
GAMERA TAI UCHU KAIJU BAIRASU is considered to be the lesser known of the Gamera series due to it's lack of a strong budget and it's use of stock footage from earlier Gamera films. GAMERA TAI UCHU KAIJU BAIRASU was released directly to TV by American International Pictures-TV (AIP-TV for short) under the title DESTROY ALL PLANETS. The dubbing was done by Titan Productions, Inc. and is well done and perfectly in synch. Most of you film fans out there know about Sandy Frank re-releasing only five of the Gamera films with new dubbing that was so bad that AIP-TV's versions are more superior than Franks. Well, DESTROY ALL PLANETS did not make it on his list of "films to ruin" and Thank God!
The plot is simple but childish. A ping-pong balled flying saucer from the planet Viras tries to attack Earth, but it is destroyed by Gamera. Another flying saucer is sent and it takes control of Gamera and abducts two boy scouts. The boy scouts free Gamera from the aliens control but Gamera has to battle the aliens leader Viras, a giant squid.
DESTROY ALL PLANETS is a fun film to watch, but it is too full of stock footage scenes. The aliens spend the first half looking in Gamera's past films WAR OF THE MONSTERS (1966; Japanese title: DAIKAIJU KETTO: GAMERA TAI BARUGON) and RETURN OF THE GIANT MONSTERS (1967; Japanese title: DAIKAIJU KUCHUSEN: GAMERA TAI GYAOSU) while Gamera's destruction of Tokyo is lifted from GAMMERA THE INVINCIBLE (1965) complete with the black and white footage tinted red!
But ignore the overuse of stock footage and the childish situations and you still have an entertaining feature that delivers some good special effects complete with some nice action sequences. GAMERA TAI DAIKAIJU GIRON (1969) was next in the Gamera series and was released directly to TV by AIP-TV under the title ATTACK OF THE MONSTERS.
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