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Gamera vs. Viras (1968)

Gamera tai uchu kaijû Bairasu (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Family, Sci-Fi | 20 March 1968 (Japan)
Gamera the Flying Turtle falls under the spell of evil aliens, but two children free him and he returns to fight the aliens' monster, Viras.

Director:

Noriaki Yuasa (as Kenji Yuasa)

Writer:

Niisan Takahashi (as Fumi Takahashi)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kôjirô Hongô Kôjirô Hongô ... Scout Master Mr. Shimida
Tôru Takatsuka Tôru Takatsuka ... Masao Nakaya
Carl Craig Carl Craig ... Jim Crane (as Carl Craig Junior)
Michiko Yaegaki Michiko Yaegaki ... Mariko
Mari Atsumi Mari Atsumi ... Junko Aoki
Junko Yashiro Junko Yashiro ... Masako Shibata
Peter Williams Peter Williams ... Dr. Dobie
Kôji Fujiyama Kôji Fujiyama ... Commander of Self Defense Force
Yoshirô Kitahara Yoshirô Kitahara ... Masao's Father
Munehiko Takada Munehiko Takada ... Jim's Father
Mary Morris Mary Morris ... Mrs. Crane (as Mary Murrows)
Chikara Hashimoto Chikara Hashimoto ... Doctor A
Kenji Gô Kenji Gô ... Doctor B
Akira Natsuki Akira Natsuki ... Doctor C
Ken Nakahara Ken Nakahara ... Doctor D
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Storyline

A group of aliens from another planet head for Earth with the intentions of conquering it. Their first ship is destroyed in transit by the giant flying turtle Gamera. A second ship makes it to Earth and captures two Boy Scouts and holds them captive so that Gamera will not attack them. The aliens then implant a remote control device into the monster's neck and use the great turtle to attack Tokyo. The boys then come up with a plan to foul up the remote control device to the point where Gamera does the opposite of what he is ordered to. As a result Gamera destroys the aliens ship, but then has to contend with their giant squid like leader Viras. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Action | Family | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 March 1968 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Gamela vs. Bairus See more »

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Daiei Studios See more »
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Runtime:

(TV) | (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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One of the coolest looking Japanese monsters of all time!
17 July 2003 | by giantdevilfishSee all my reviews

Viras has to be one of the best monsters that the Japanese ever created. I'm hoping and praying that Daiei Studios brings him back if they ever make another Gamera movie. A gigantic space squid with a cool looking face, creepy yellow eyes, and who's roar sounds like screeching metal just simply rocks! The problem with this movie however(next to the fact that two kids are the main stars) is that it's padded with huge amounts of stock footage. We get to see Gamera's origin and attack on Tokyo (in black and white!!) and his early fights with Barugon and Gyoas all from the first three Gamera films! This ruins the overall movie. But next to that it's pretty fun. A spaceship that looks like it's made with 5 black and yellow striped ping-pong balls, Viras decapitating his useless subordinates, and the giant Viras bloodily impaling Gamera with his sharp pointy head are the standout scenes in this flick.


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