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20 March 1968 (Japan) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Enjoyable Gamera film, just glad that Sandy Frank didn't re-release this one! See more (28 total) »

Cast

  (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 Go ... 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)
Nisan 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)
Ryosaku Takayama .... monster design
 

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Also Known As:
"Gamera tai uchu kaijû Bairasu" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
USA:75 min | USA:90 min (TV version) | Japan:81 min (theatrical version)
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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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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Featured in Rainy Dog (1997)See more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable Gamera film, just glad that Sandy Frank didn't re-release this one!, 18 June 2001
Author: gypsykoenigbill

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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