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Super Monster -- Awakened from his arctic tomb by an atomic bomb, Gamara is the last survivor of a species of colossal chelonians rumored to have originated 8,000 years ago from the lost continent of Atlantis.

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Release Date:
7 May 1980 (USA) See more »
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Clash of monster vs. huge spaceship! Special effects blockbuster thrills and excitement! See more »
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Using several clips from previous Gamera entries, this film deals with alien forces sending all the monsters Gamera has faced in one final battle to rid the planet of its last hope. | Add synopsis »
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Gamera vs. Zigra / Gamera Super Monster DVD Review
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Mach Fumiake ... Kilara
Yaeko Kojima ... Marsha
Yoko Komatsu ... Mitan
Keiko Kudo ... Giruge
Koichi Maeda ... Keiichi
Toshie Takada ... Keiichi's Mother
Hiroji Hayshi
Makoto Ikeda
Kisao Tobita ... Driver
Osamu Kobayashi ... 'Zanon' Captain (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yûzô Hayakawa ... Policeman
Toru Kawai ... Gamera
Reiko Tajima ... M38 alien (uncredited)
Ted Thomas ... Narrator / Policeman (voice) (uncredited)

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

Produced by
Masaichi Nagata .... executive producer
Hirozaki Ohba .... producer
Shigeru Shinohara .... producer
Yasuyoshi Tokuma .... executive producer
Masaya Tokuyama .... producer
 
Original Music by
Shunsuke Kikuchi 
 
Cinematography by
Akira Kitazaki 
Michio Takahashi 
Akira Uehara 
 
Art Direction by
Akira Inoue 
Tomohisa Yano 
 
Set Decoration by
Nobuhisa Iwata 
 
Makeup Department
Chie Tshuchiya .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hiromi Munemoto .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Kimio Tobita .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Kazufumi Fujii .... special effects director
Yuzo Kaneko .... special effects director
Noriaki Yuasa .... special effects director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tadaaki Shimada .... lighting technician
 
Editorial Department
Zenko Miyazaki .... editor: stock footage
Tatsuji Nakashizu .... editor: stock footage
Shôji Sekiguchi .... editor: stock footage (as Shoji Sekiguchi)
 
Other crew
Midori Kobayashi .... script girl
Masaya Tokuyama .... planner
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Uchu kaijû Gamera" - Japan (original title)
"Gamera Super Monster" - USA (TV title)
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Runtime:
92 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Made with the intention of pulling production company Daiei out of debt. The film failed at the box office, and Daiei filed for bankruptcy about six months later. The low budget of the film is evidenced by the extensive use of stock footage; all scenes of Gamera battling other monsters are taken from previous films in the series.See more »

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Dismal Swan Song For Gamera, 6 August 2014
Author: Nancy_Grease from Canada

There are approximately two minutes of new footage featuring Gamera in this from-poverty final film in the cult classic series. One third of the film is out-takes from earlier films showing the fire-breathing turtle in combat against Viras, Jiger, Barugon, Zigra, Guiron and Gyaos. The bulk of the wrap-around footage is a very cheaply produced tale of super women trying to avert an invasion of earth with the help of a chubby Japanese boy. Daiei Films was going through bankruptcy at the time the decision was made to try to milk a few bucks out of their once popular Gamera franchise by riffing on Star Wars and Superman which were enormous box office hits. The alien invaders craft even looks like an Imperial Star Destroyer. Further cost cutting measures include substituting anime for practical special effects. The final Gamera film produced until the series relaunch in 1995.

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