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Gamera vs. Viras (1968)

Gamera tai uchu kaijû Bairasu (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Family | 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.

Directors:

Noriaki Yuasa (as Kenji Yuasa), Shigeo Tanaka (uncredited)

Writer:

Niisan Takahashi (as Fumi Takahashi)
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Cast

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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Trivia

This was the first film in the series to use flashbacks from the previous Gamera films as a way of saving money on the production. In this film, the flashback sequence lasts approximately fifteen minutes. See more »

Quotes

Doctor A: There it is, the planet most similar to ours in all the universe, the Earth. Its atmosphere contains 21% oxygen and 78% nitrogen, Among its other properties are argon and carbon dioxide.
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Crazy Credits

For the U.S. version releaed by American International under the title "Destroy All Planets," director Noriaki Yuasa's name is listed on screen as "Kenji Yuasa." See more »

Alternate Versions

There are 3 versions of the flashback sequence (the scene where the Virasians examine Gamera's memories which uses footage from the first 3 Gamera movies):
  • The original Japanese theatrical version which is just a short montage set to an instrumental version of the Gamera March).
-The international version which extends the sequence to include Gamera's battle with Barugon from Gamera vs. Barugon and Gyaos from Gamera vs. Gyaos. -The US American International Pictures television version which further extends the battle between Gamera and Gyaos from [linktt=tt0061695] See more »

Connections

Followed by Gamera: Super Monster (1980) See more »

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More silliness from the tremendous tusked turtle
14 April 2018 | by jamesrupert2014See all my reviews

In this, his fourth outing, Gamara finally hits stride as a children's hero, complete with his cheesily heroic (albeit memorable) theme music. The film follows a pair of irritating boy scouts (Maseo and Jim) who are kidnapped by aliens to act as human shields against Gamera, now established as Earth's guardian turtle. The UN does some careful 'cost: benefit' analysis and decides to surrender the entire planet in exchange for the boys' safety, but fortunately the Maseo's prankish ingenuity gets the better of the somewhat credulous aliens and the resourceful pair manage to turn the tables on our would-be overloads. A budget offering, the middle third of the film consists of lengthy clips taken from the first three films as the aliens examine Gamera's memories for a weakness. The movie is saved from absolute bottom-of-the-barrel status by Maseo's cute girl-guide sister, some inventive spaceship effects, the imaginative hexopod kaiju, and a somewhat Freudian impalement scene. For kaiju aficionados or the most undiscerning viewers only. I watched an English-dubbed, poor quality DVD version, which may have contributed to my low opinion of the opus.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 March 1968 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Gamela vs. Bairus See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Daiei Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TV) | (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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