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Daikyojû Gappa (1967)

Unrated | | Comedy, Family, Horror | April 1967 (Japan)
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An expedition in the South Pacific lands on a tropical island where the natives worship the mysterious deity Gappa. An earthquake opens up an underground cavern and a baby reptile is ... See full summary »


Hiroshi Noguchi


Ryûzô Nakanishi, William Ross (english dialogue) | 1 more credit »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tamio Kawaji Tamio Kawaji ... Hiroshi Kurosaki (as Tamio Kawachi)
Yôko Yamamoto Yôko Yamamoto ... Itoko Koyanagi
Yuji Kodaka Yuji Kodaka ... Daize Tonooka
Kôji Wada Kôji Wada ... Mashida
Tatsuya Fuji ... George Inoue
Keisuke Inoue Keisuke Inoue ... President Funazu
Zenji Yamada Zenji Yamada ... Captain of the Kamome-maru
Bumon Koto Bumon Koto ... Chieftain
Kôtarô Sugie Kôtarô Sugie ... Reporter #1
Saburô Hiromatsu Saburô Hiromatsu ... Hosoda
Binnosuke Nagao Binnosuke Nagao ... Cmdr. Riku
Masaru Kamiyama Masaru Kamiyama ... The Professor
Kokan Katsura Kokan Katsura ... Saburo Hayashi
Shirô Oshimi Shirô Oshimi ... Oyama
Yoko Oyagi Yoko Oyagi ... Aihara


An expedition in the South Pacific lands on a tropical island where the natives worship the mysterious deity Gappa. An earthquake opens up an underground cavern and a baby reptile is discovered inside. The natives warn the foreigners to leave the hatching alone, but they don't listen and take it back to a zoo in Japan. Soon after, moma and papa Gappa start smashing Tokyo looking for their kidnapped child. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Even mightier than 'King Kong'!


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Release Date:

April 1967 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Gappa the Triphibian Monsters See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


There was an urban legend that Nikkatsu's international English prints originally had a racist line, "The monsters are attacking Tokyo. Fortunately they are attacking the Negro section of town" (and that the line was changed). This was untrue. See more »


President Funazu: Like it? I call it Playmate Land.
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Alternate Versions

In all English versions of the film, the rock & roll "Great Giant Beast Gappa" theme (heard in the opening credits and ending of the original Japanese version) is replaced by standard orchestral music. Also, the Japanese version features a song called "Keep Trying, Baby Gappa!" (in the scene where the Gappas are reunited with their offspring). In all English versions, the song's vocals are omitted, and is thus instrumental. See more »


Spoofs Godzilla (1954) See more »


Ganbare Ko Gappa
("Keep Trying, Baby Gappa!")
Music by Seitarô Ômori
Arrangement by Iwao Shigematsu
Lyrics by Ryô Nagahara
Performed by Danny Iida & Paradise King
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Special Effects
30 August 2006 | by MovieWiz66See all my reviews

Just wanted to comment on some of the other statements made by people on this board. First,yes the special effects do not look like todays..but I for one like the pre-CGI effects. The special effects people had to be much more inventive and creative in the pre CGI days. This movie doesn't have the great effects of some of the old monster movies such as the Ray Harryhausen(which are better than any CGI in my opinion)features and the Godzilla films,but it still makes pretty good use of miniature sets. Great movie for young kids or us older people who still remember what it was like watching these films as a child. I love watching these movies for nostalgic purposes as well. Sure it can be cheesy to some..but if you watch these films in the context that they were meant to be viewed..they can be very entertaining and enjoyable.

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