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17 July 1971 (Japan) See more »
Space aliens arrive on Earth with their giant shark and intend to take over the planet but they must first destroy Gamera. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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 ... Helen Wallace

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

Produced by
Sandy Frank .... producer (US version)
Yoshihiko Manabe .... producer
Hidemasa Nagata .... producer
Original Music by
Shunsuke Kikuchi 
Cinematography by
Akira Uehara 
Film Editing by
Yoshiyuki Miyazaki 
Production Design by
Akira Inoue 
Art Direction by
Tomohisa Yano 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Masami Akise .... assistant director
Sound Department
Hideo Okuyama .... sound
Special Effects by
Kazufumi Fujii .... special effects director
Ryosaku Takayama .... monster design
Camera and Electrical Department
Heihachi Kuboe .... lighting technician

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Also Known As:
"Gamera vs. Zigra" - USA (dubbed version)
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USA:87 min
Color (Daieicolor)
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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 »
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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More children a saucer that turns into a big fish and Gamera! Plus, a hottie in a bikini., 16 August 2011
Author: Aaron1375

This one is a bit better than the previous installment I saw where our turtle friend fought Guiron the super knife headed monster who sliced and diced and chopped. Not as good as the highlight of the series to me, the film where Gamera fought the bird/bat monster Gaos. That one seemed to have the most effort put into it and had some dark areas such as Gaos eating people, drinking blood and causing nasty wounds to Gamera as well as sustaining a few himself. This one is like the previous installment in that it is squarely aimed at children, features two kids who are very prominent in the plot and once again features aliens as the bad guys. It is a step up from the last one as that one was mainly two boys on a another planet and not much story while this one develops the villains better, has a semblance of a plot and has a gal running around in a bikini and then a short skirt and she is very easy on the eyes. The story has a candy dish from space landing in an ocean, two scientists along with their two young trouble making kids end up captured and aboard this ship which belongs to the almighty Zigra or however they say it and spell it in Japan. Well somehow the boy and girl get their comatose dads out of the spaceship and Gamera comes along to help the two as he is friend to all children. I know Gamera has his fans and I do want to see his films from the 90's which I hear are really actually good, but Godzilla never got quite so lame that he was dubbed the friend of all children. In fact, after his goofiest movie Megalon he got hardcore fighting Mecha Godzilla in two movies that ended his era very well and on a strong note, while Gamera got more goofy, seriously playing his enemy while the people watch drinking soda? Well as with the previous movies Gamera fights the creature a couple of times, becoming incapacitated after the first fight from a dreaded death beam! Hot chick chases children around a marine water park and is stopped by people going 'ah' and we never see a true resolution in the fight for who gets the fish. I do want to see the 90's films as Gamera showed potential in the films Barugon and Gaos, but to often in his earlier films he was made into a goofy kid loving monster.

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