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Gamera vs. Viras -- Destroy All Planets also known as Gamera vs. Viras is the 4th entry in the Gamera film series.


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20 March 1968 (Japan) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
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 Gô ... Doctor B
Akira Natsuki ... Doctor C
Ken Nakahara ... Doctor D
Kenichiro Yamane ... Doctor E
Genzô Wakayama ... Boss Voice
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kei'ichi Noda ... Alien

Corinne Orr ... (voice)
Teruo Aragaki ... Gamera (uncredited)

Directed by
Noriaki Yuasa  (as Kenji Yuasa)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Niisan Takahashi  (as Fumi Takahashi)

Produced by
Hidemasa Nagata .... producer
Masaichi Nagata .... executive producer
Original Music by
Kenjiro Hirose 
Cinematography by
Akira Kitazaki 
Film Editing by
Shôji Sekiguchi  (as Shoji Sekiguchi)
Production Design by
Tomohisa Yano 
Production Management
Salvatore Billitteri .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Kimio Tobita .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Kazufumi Fujii .... special effects
Yuzo Kaneko .... special effects
Editorial Department
Eli Haviv .... post-production editor (AIP-TV release)
Emil Haviv .... post-production editor
Other crew
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... presenter (AIP-TV release)
Bret Morrison .... re-release director (AIP-TV release)
Masaichi Nagata .... presenter
James H. Nicholson .... presenter (AIP-TV release)
Takayama Ryôsaku .... monster design

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Also Known As:
"Gamera tai uchu kaijû Bairasu" - Japan (original title)
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USA:75 min | USA:90 min (TV version) | Japan:81 min (theatrical version)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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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 »


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Bairus? That's Engrish for Viras. Which is Engrish for "virus". So, 5 February 2013
Author: eatmyfuc

In this somewhat insane middle entry in the Gamera franchise, some aliens with a bumblebee space ship try to invade earth, but Gamera just happens to be cruising around the milky way and f***s their s*** up. At alien headquarters, they decide to trap Gamera at the bottom of the ocean with some arbitrary electric net thing while they use mind rays to determine its weakness (why not just keep using the net thing?), which is, of course, its inexplicable love for children. So they kidnap some kids, and Gamera has to save them. (And also mankind!)

This is the first Gamera movie to go for a really childish tone, but unlike the likes of "vs. Guiron", it probably won't give you a combination of diarrhea and nausea. I guess it's because it still manages to resembles a good-bad sci-fi B movie rather than a total, unambiguous kids' movie--the cheesy space ship noises, the aliens that can shoot their severed limbs like projectiles, etc. There's even a part where the main villain decapitates like five guys with a swing of its tentacle. Way more over-the-top than any of those stiff, insufferable Godzilla movies with aliens.

Action stock footage is shamelessly utilized when the aliens "read Gamera's mind", but in a way, it's kind of nice if you just want to see one Gamera movie. It's like, okay, you only have about 50 minutes worth of footage? Go ahead and re-use some old action scenes instead of padding things out with stupid humor or pretending anyone really cares about the plot. But things do get kind of weird when the aliens control Gamera's mind to have him "destroy Tokyo" (it's re-used footage from the first Gamera movie), and the kids are like "darn! what a sticky situation." Don't get too upset about thousands of people dying or anything, guys.

Viras itself is pretty shoddy, but it has this kind of uncanny valley look to it that creeped me out as a kid. Can't ask for much more than that from a monster movie, I think. In typical Gamera fashion, the final fight's about 10 minutes and full of cartoonish violence, so it doesn't really matter too much what precedes it. Not a great movie, but it has a certain vibe I can't deny, and the plot's not as bad as anything from Hollywood recently.

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