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Daikaijû Gamera (1965)

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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
Junichirô Yamashiko Junichirô Yamashiko ... Aoyagi
Yoshiro Uchida Yoshiro Uchida ... Toshio Sakurai
Michiko Sugata Michiko Sugata ... Nobuyo Sakurai
Yoshirô Kitahara Yoshirô Kitahara ... Mr. Sakurai
Jun Hamamura Jun Hamamura ... Professor Murase
Kenji Ôyama Kenji Ôyama ... Minister of Defense
Munehiko Takada Munehiko Takada ... Soviet Representative
Yoshio Yoshida 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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Horror | Sci-Fi

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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 under the title GAMERA. To that day, the only way to (partially) see it was the movie , 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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Referenced in Matty Speller: Professional Gangster (2012) See more »

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The only "serious" original Gamera flick
16 July 2003 | by giantdevilfishSee all my reviews

What I loved about this movie is that Gamera is treated as a "bad-ass" villain monster out to destroy Tokyo like Godzilla in his earlier films. The rest of the movies turned Gamera into a child loving superhero. The effects were great rivaling and even surpassing most of the Godzilla films at the time. The scenes of American actors that were shot were actually quite well done. It was fun watching the U.S and Soviet ambassadors arguing at the U.N. Gamera looked pretty cool as well with his glowing eyes and elephant-like roar. Loved the psychedelic glowing animated flying sequences. Got to love that "Plan Z" over-the-top ending. And you can't help but dig that cool theme song. Gameraaaa! Gameraaaaa! Yeah!


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