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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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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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 March 1968 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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60s Gamera was not 60s Gojira
25 January 2011 | by gigan-92See all my reviews

I picked up this movie not too long ago with decent expectations. All I can say is that 60s Gamera was not 60s Godzilla. This movie came out the same year as "Destroy All monsters", and anybody who knows kaiju knows that's not even a debate. To say this film lacks the character, charm, art, graceful music and over all atmosphere of Honda's work is an understatement. Now, this film had many a problem that even for a giant monster fan were just hard to sit through.

The camp is pretty horrendous, and the human characters are completely dismal. Same old annoying kids, in a world where youngsters are held hostage by aliens who then let them wander their ship which has a machine that can produce ANYTHING they desire. As far as idiotic plots, they could almost take the cake with this one. All along accompanied by a score I just do not care for.

oh and did I mention that if you haven't seen "Gamera vs. Barugon" or "Gamera vs. Gyaos" you get to see like almost ten minute-each flashbacks of each of those films? These flashbacks go on for quite a bit of time, I suppose to give the appearance that this is a feature run-time flick. When I first saw it, I was surprised. About more than half of this movie's action sequences are stock-footage. For Godzilla's sake, don't use stock footage from a black-and-white movie in the full-on color one; someone's bound to notice you know? However, after 90% of the film being completely pointless and redundant, there is pretty entertaining fight at the end. Too bad it was too little too late. Viras is a squid-like alien kaiju, who I suppose to some extent would provide inspiration for Irys in the 1999 film "Gamera 3: Awakening of Irys", but it's a much simpler concept design. I tracked this film down pretty much for the adventure of watching all the Gamera movies, but by no means is this one of the best, not by far. "Gamera vs. Barugon" and "Gamera vs. Gyaos" are far better made, hell even "Gamera vs. Guiron" improves on this one. Watch if you dare!


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