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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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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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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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
hope you like stock footage ..., 3 June 2005
Author: razorbladeetches from parts, unknown

I saw this when I was a kid growing up in Michigan, watching 'monster week' on the 4:30 movie on channel 7. Just recently I purchased a DVD release from Diamond Entertainment called 'Japanesse Monster Movies' that contains four Gamera movies altogether. I used to like this particular film so I was interested in seeing this again.

For starters, a lot of the sets and I believe even some of the props and costumes have been taken directly from 'Gamera vs Guiron'. But at least 45 percent of this film is composed of stock footage from older films. Perhaps the funniest scene in the movie is when they show footage from the original Gamera film- a black and white movie- and try to pass it off for something that is happening in the present, even though this film was shot in color.

The kids in this film take charge of the situation and try to help Gamera out when the adults are content to do little or nothing. There's a lot of Kiaju 'gore' in this film, a funny yet kind of cool alien invader and stupid, stupid henchmen who get their heads knocked off )!) before the mutate into other squid-like creatures.

This is actually less boring than the previous films. Since the aliens are studying the previous Gamera fights in order to defeat him, the film is full of fairly cool monster battles. The final battle against Viran is a good one!

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