IMDb > Gamera tai Shinkai kaijû Jigura (1971)

Gamera tai Shinkai kaijû Jigura (1971) More at IMDbPro »


User Rating:
3.0/10   834 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 23% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
View company contact information for Gamera tai Shinkai kaijû Jigura on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
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 »
User Reviews:
ZIGRA is Z-grade. See more (15 total) »


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

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Gamera vs. Zigra" - USA (dubbed version)
See more »
USA:87 min
Color (Daieicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Gamera vs. Zigra was the only classic Gamera film not released in the U.S. until the advent of home video. All the previous films had been picked up for theatrical distribution or for television. Gamera vs. Zigra first appeared in the U.S. in 1987 via video tape, long after it's Japanese release.See more »
Kenny:Ah, Gamera!
Helen:I don't like monsters.
Kenny:Gamera is the friend of all children!
Helen:Is he really?
See more »
Movie Connections:


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
4 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
ZIGRA is Z-grade., 27 June 2007
Author: vip_ebriega from Philippines

My Take: Toho could make art compared to this.

The giant rubber monster movies, or Kaiju as they called it in Japan, has been on the spotlight for many a year. From the fame of "Gojira" or "Godzilla: King of the Monsters", the same studio tried to top themselves with creating more and more of this monstrosities battling each other. "Godzilla", the most famous of these, also spawned rip-offs (They happen here to you know). One of these was Gamera. from the original "Gammera the Invincible", this also spawned sequels, which features our giant rubber terrapin pits fire against other giant monsters, and always impresses the kiddies, who look up to Gamera as their hero. While the other Gamera films maybe are entertaining (haven't seen them yet), "Gamera vs. Zigra", the last in the series is what I'd include in the category "Bottom-of-the-barrel". LAughable rubber monster movie. They would have learned from the start that this was silly. But no, they made it anyway.

The plot is mainly the basis of hundred previous Kaiju films. Alien entities try to take over the world. Led by Zigra, an alien lord resembling the Goblin shark, which can be found commonly near Japanese waters, the alien enemy (well, only one) cause massive earthquakes to prove their powers. Then the kids point at the skies as their hero approaches. Is it Superman? No, it's Gamera!!! Yes Gamera to the rescue once again. And Gamera does more than fight Zigra, he does many other silly things like breath fire...underwater(?!)and so much more. If you think that would be silly, wait 'till you see it.

This is admittedly one of the silliest movies I've seen in a while (although I have a hunch saying I'll be seeing more of this silliness with these rubber monster Kaiju), but some movies have reached a certain amount of ineptness, being Ed Wood's "Plan 9 from Outer Space" as a good example, that they can be entertaining, mostly for preposterous reasons. Camp buffs can rest their eyes on preposterous situations like fire-breathing underwater, an alien woman walking about wearing only a bathing suit as a disguise, silly dialog and, well, so much more than you can possibly laugh at, unintentionally.

Although this was indeed silly, at least it didn't bore me, I mean, with all the silliness going on. I give the film, at least, a *, for being completely hilarious on the parts that it shouldn't.

Rating: * out of 5.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (15 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Gamera tai Shinkai kaijû Jigura (1971)


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Gamera vs. Guiron Destroy All Monsters Gamera vs. Viras Daikaijû kûchûsen: Gamera tai Gyaosu Daikaijû kettô: Gamera tai Barugon
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Action section IMDb Japan section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.