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Gamera tai Shinkai kaijû Jigura (1971)

Space aliens arrive on Earth with their giant shark and intend to take over the planet but they must first destroy Gamera.

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Credited cast:
Kôji Fujiyama ...
Dr. Tom Wallace
Daigo Inoue
Reiko Kasahara ...
Kiyoko Ishikawa
Daihachi Kita
Goro Kumon
Shin Minatsu
Akira Natsuki ...
Doctor
Kei'ichi Noda ...
Jigura (Japanese version) (voice)
Isamu Saeki ...
Dr. Yosuke Ishikawa
Yasushi Sakagami ...
Kenichi Ishikawa
Mikiko Tsubouchi ...
Mrs. Ishikawa
Eiko Yanami ...
Woman X / Chikako Sugawara
Yoshio Yoshida
Arlene Zoellner ...
Margie Wallace
Gloria Zoellner ...
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A moon base is destroyed by a spaceship with a cluster of gumballs on its head. Later, at Sea World, dolphins are dying mysteriously. Zigra kidnaps two men and two children (one of whom is a Coke addict - Coca-Cola that is) and starts causing earthquakes. The two six year olds somehow outwit Zigra and help their incapacitated fathers escape. The Zigra Woman, who can use her eyes to put people into comas, then chases them all over Sea World like an extended Benny Hill skit. Somewhere in this movie Gamera finally shows up, fights Zigra, who turns into a giant swordfish. Written by Jonah Falcon <jonahnynla@mindspring.com>

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Zigra in full shark mode resembles a Goblin shark, a rare species of deep sea shark found most commonly near Japan. See more »

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Kenny: Ah, Gamera!
Helen: I don't like monsters.
Kenny: Gamera is the friend of all children!
Helen: Is he really?
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Followed by Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion (1996) See more »

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Probably The Worst Gamera Film.
16 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gamera vs Zigra is probably the worst Gamera film ever made. It has an old plot, bad monster action, and pretty stupid dialogue.

Basic plot involves an alien space ship led by an evil Sorcerous named Zigra. Then you pretty much predict what will happen, they try to take over the Earth and Gamera must save the Earth.

There are so many alien invading science fiction films that this one is nothing special. In fact it is really bad. The little kids in this film are so annoying that they make me want to see the other annoying kids in other Gamera Films.

Zigra is a pretty cool looking monster. However he moves around so slowly and really does not do anything exciting like Gamera's other foes. But he does look cool. I guess it is somewhat interesting how Zigra shoots a ray that messes with your chromosones. Also Zigra can talk in comprehendable English which is a first for a Gamera opponent. The fights between Zigra and Gamera are not really very good at all. There is so much standing around and roaring between Gamera and Zigra and it just gets boring.

There are other oddities in this film. The whole concept of Earth's water pressure making Zigra bigger made me scratch my head. Also why does Gamera have to play Zigra like a xylophone? And the song he plays is the Gamera theme song. Pretty lame part. Finally there is no way that Gamera could breathe fire under water and yet he does so in this film.

The dubbing is so bad in this film. I always prefer watching the Japanese films to the American dubbed film so it would be interesting to see the dialogue in Japanese to see how badly they screwed up the dubbing. But that would mean having to watch this film again and I do not want to do that.

So this one is pretty bad. Extremely boring and stupid at parts. Not a recommended Gamera film.


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