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Gamera: The Giant Monster (1965)

Daikaijû Gamera (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 27 November 1965 (Japan)
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From out of the arctic comes a gigantic flying, fire-breathing turtle that sets its sights on destroying Tokyo.

Director:

Noriaki Yuasa

Writer:

Niisan Takahashi (screenplay) (as Fumi Takahashi)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eiji Funakoshi ... Dr. Hidaka
Harumi Kiritachi Harumi Kiritachi ... Kyoko Yamamoto
Junichiro Yamashita Junichiro Yamashita ... Aoyagi (as Junichirô Yamashiko)
Yoshiro Uchida Yoshiro Uchida ... Toshio Sakurai
Michiko Sugata Michiko Sugata ... Nobuyo Sakurai
Yoshirô Kitahara Yoshirô Kitahara ... Mr. Sakurai
Jun Hamamura ... Professor Murase
Kenji Ôyama Kenji Ôyama ... Minister of Defense
Munehiko Takada Munehiko Takada ... Soviet Representative
Yoshio Yoshida ... Eskimo Chief
Jun Osanai Jun Osanai ... Chidori Maru Captain
Daihachi Kita Daihachi Kita ... Chidori Maru Navigator
Kazuo Mori Kazuo Mori ... Chidori Maru Radioman
Kôji Fujiyama Kôji Fujiyama ... U.S. Arctic Base Commander
Osamu Ôkawa Osamu Ôkawa ... U.S. Air Base Radar Technician
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Storyline

A nuclear explosion in the far north unleashes Gamera, the legendary flying turtle, from his sleep under the ice. In his search for energy, Gamera wreaks havoc over the entire world, and it's up to the scientists, assisted by a young boy with a strange sympathic link to the monster, to put a stop to Gamera's rampage. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

27 November 1965 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Gamera See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Daiei Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A sequence with Gamera attacking two strippers in a nightclub was shot, but cut from the final finished version of the film. See more »

Goofs

In the English language version, special effects director Yonesaburo Tsukiji is mistakenly credited as Yonesaburg Tsukiji. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[English version]
Alex: Here we are. It looks wild, huh?
Catherine: You can say that again.
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Alternate Versions

Not released in the USA until 1985, to home video and television, by Sandy Frank under the title GAMERA. To that day, the only way to (partially) see it was the movie Gammera the Invincible, which used the special effects footage from the original Japanese film but most scenes involving human actors were replaced by new ones featuring an American cast. The Sandy Frank version, one of his usual dubbing jobs, was the whole original Japanese footage except for the opening credits sequence, replaced by English translated credits superimposed over an image of moving ocean water. Another difference is that in the Frank dub the names of some characters are Americanized (i.e. Toshio is renamed Kenny). See more »

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Featured in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Gamera (2013) See more »

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Hmmm, Gamera doesn't like children in this one
2 December 1999 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

Gamera himself looks great, but the rest of this film is proof positive that Americans should NEVER be allowed to re-edit foreign films to make them more 'palatable' for US audiences. All it does is pad the running time unnecessarily, clutter the plotline, and highlight what is truly some of the most wretched acting I have ever seen on the small screen, never mind the silver screen. Who did they get to play the naval officers?? And did they get it all in one take? I have a big spot in my heart for the giant flying turtle (after all, he DID become the protector of small fry everywhere only a few years later) but he's not seen to best effect in this, his freshman outing.


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