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Gamera vs. Barugon (1966)

Daikaijû kettô: Gamera tai Barugon (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 17 April 1966 (Japan)
A giant monster that emits a destructive ray from its back attacks Japan and takes on Gamera.

Directors:

Shigeo Tanaka, Noriaki Yuasa (uncredited)

Writer:

Niisan Takahashi (as Nisan Takahashi)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kôjirô Hongô Kôjirô Hongô ... Keisuke Hirata
Kyôko Enami Kyôko Enami ... Karen
Yûzô Hayakawa ... Kawajiri
Takuya Fujioka ... Dr. Sato
Kôji Fujiyama Kôji Fujiyama ... Onodera
Akira Natsuki Akira Natsuki ... Ichiro Hirata
Yoshirô Kitahara Yoshirô Kitahara ... Professor Amano
Ichirô Sugai ... Dr. Matsushita
Bontarô Miake Bontarô Miake ... Self-Defense Force General
Jutarô Kitashiro ... Self-Defense Force Commander (as Jutarô Hôjô)
Kazuko Wakamatsu Kazuko Wakamatsu ... Sadae Hirata
Yuka Konno Yuka Konno ... Onodera's Lover
Eiichi Takamura Eiichi Takamura ... Governor of Osaka
Ken'ichi Tani Ken'ichi Tani ... Lee
Kôichi Itô Kôichi Itô ... Metropolitan Police Superintendent-General
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Storyline

After a treacherous expedition to retrieve a giant opal, disaster strikes as the opal reveals itself to be an egg which spawns Barugon, demon dog from Hell! Armed with a deadly tongue and cold beams, Barugon wreaks havoc on Japan. Gamera comes to save the day. Written by Jonah Falcon <jonahnynla@mindspring.com>

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Trivia

The film was initially meant to be more adult-oriented, with the native island dancers appearing topless. While the movie was relatively serious and had some more adult moments such as intense fights, in the end the movie was released with child audiences in mind. See more »

Goofs

During the final battle between the monsters, Gamera is shown ramming Barugon near the head in close ups, but further down the body in long shots. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Japanese version runs a complete 101 minutes. The American International Pictures-TV (A.I.P.-TV) release version, under the title WAR OF THE MONSTERS, was cut down to 88 minutes to fit it's televised playdates. The 14 minutes that were removed were only expository scenes that had the characters discuss how to destroy the monster Barugon. See more »

Connections

Referenced in James & Mike Mondays: King of Monsters 2 (2013) See more »

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An out of left field surprise that hits all the marks
26 June 2008 | by EmideonSee all my reviews

Gamera tai Barugon was the first in a long line of often Horrendous sequels, a film which in my view is a lost and well forgotten gem. The sequel to the first Gamera film, "Gammera The Invincible" a black and white cheap but fun knock off of the very successful and prestigious (at the time especially since it was the year of Godzilla vs Monster Zero, the pinnacle high water mark in terms of production values and casting), the first film was such a hit Daiei went on to make the Daimajin films and this Gamera sequel.

Now apparently I own the Sandy Frank version, seeing as how this film is only available on extremely low budget DVD packs, mine came with an especially grainy blurred and discolored version of the film with terrible audio quality. However despite this almost terminal flaw to the watch-ability of a film, I not only sat through it, but hugely enjoyed it.

I wasn't just impressed that a knock off series could have a quality story to tell, but its production values were pretty decent and the characters actually involving. The film begins with 3 men out to find an enormous opal, one of the three men is the brother of the man who left the opal there (we are told during the Second World War). The men travel to the cave and find it. The story afterword is filled with betrayal, lies and greed, the three characters are distinct and we sympathize with at least two of them, making the following events all the more shocking. The opal we find out in a far fetched scene involving an X ray machine is actually an egg, containing Barugon, he dashes to the sea with the boat in flames. Our surviving original member asks their financier to pony up for a diving team to find the opal, but reveals too much and another dramatic scene ensues. The Gamera fight scenes were also very interesting and fun, full of bizarre ideas like a giant diamond and rainbow beams. Usually such contrasting events would ruin the other, but here they work in this cartoonish film, we see the drama and care for it, and we at times forget were watching a picture about a giant turtle and long tongued lizard. It is always rare to see a kaiju films that not just exceeds your expectations but breaks precedent, which very surprisingly, this film did.

8/10


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

17 April 1966 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Gamera Strikes Again See more »

Filming Locations:

Kobe, Hyogo, Japan

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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