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Gamera vs. Guiron (1969)

Gamera tai daiakuju Giron (original title)
Unrated | | Action, Adventure, Family | 21 March 1969 (Japan)
Aliens kidnap two children and take them to another planet for the purpose of getting knowledge from their brains, but Gamera follows and tries to rescue them.

Director:

Noriaki Yuasa

Writer:

Niisan Takahashi (as Fumi Takahashi)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Nobuhiro Kajima Nobuhiro Kajima ... Akio
Miyuki Akiyama Miyuki Akiyama ... Tomoko
Christopher Murphy Christopher Murphy ... Tom (as Chrystopher Murphy)
Yûko Hamada ... Kuniko (as Yuko Hamada)
Eiji Funakoshi ... Dr. Shiga
Kon Ohmura Kon Ohmura ... Officer Kondo (AKA: 'Kon-chan') (as Kon Ômura)
Hiroko Kai Hiroko Kai ... Barbella
Reiko Kasahara Reiko Kasahara ... Florbella
Akira Natsuki Akira Natsuki ... News Reporter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edith Hanson Edith Hanson ... Elza - Tom's Mother
Umenosuke Izumi Umenosuke Izumi ... Gamera
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Storyline

Three children, two boys and a girl, stumble upon a flying saucer. The boys both step in without hesitating, and are whisked away to a planet in Earth's orbit but on the exact opposite side of the Sun. Inhabiting this planet are two women with Midwestern accents, who hypnotize the children to find they fantasize about milk, donuts, and Gamera, our favorite hero turtle. The women simply want to eat their brains. Back home, no one will believe the little girl's story of alien abduction, not even Officer Concha (pronounced "Cornjob"). Finally, Gamera rescues the children while fighting Guiron, a monster with a giant knife for a nose. Gamera kills Guiron while doing gymnastics on a parallel bar and takes the kids home, where the kids hope for peace, understanding, and the end of traffic accidents. Written by Jonah Falcon <jonahnynla@mindspring.com>

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Trivia

The first Gamera film in which a creature (besides Gamera) makes a return appearance through new footage. See more »

Goofs

The seam on the Guiron suit is clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

[Officer Kondo chastises Akio and Tommy]
Officer Kondo: I'll tell you what. Remember, the next time, if you are naughty again... I'll shave your heads!
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Alternate Versions

The AIP-TV version takes out the infamous Gamera song. See more »

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When Good Kids Make Bad Choices
25 October 2004 | by slokesSee all my reviews

A flying saucer has just landed near your backyard. Do you:

A) Contact the police?

B) Grab a camera and sell a photo to the local tabloid?

C) Climb into the craft with your best Occidental buddy and fly off into space, counting on a giant space turtle to save your biscuits?

Answer: C.

"Attack Of The Monsters" as a title is a bit of a misnomer. From it, one might expect a film that features whole slew of monsters charging en masse either on a defenseless Japanese city or else each other, but this typical cheapo offering from the "Gamera" folks presents only three monsters, Gamera and two outer-space creatures, one of who looks like a silver Rodan and the other which has a giant blade for a forehead. The three never have a grand battle, either; it's just a series of one-on-one match-ups.

All this meant something to me back in the day, when "Attack of the Monsters" was on the local "4:30 Movie" and it was a welcome alternative to bad old Godzilla. Sure, Godzilla would save your occasional child, but he'd destroy three city blocks doing so. Gamera cared about kids, too, only he had more respect for property values in the process.

Plus this film had special appeal for me because it featured two boys going off on a strange adventure. I could imagine my buddy Stephen and I doing the same thing, except he'd have to be the one to get his head shaved.

After walking into a UFO and being whisked onto the planet Terra, Akio and Tom find themselves in a planet devoid of life, except for two comely ladies with antennae heads and the occasional wandering monster. The boys are happy with their new friends, but the women, being women, have ulterior motives. They want the boys' brains for something to munch on during the long flight to Earth. After all, why take a chance on airplane food?

Back in my middle school days, I enjoyed the battle sequences where Gamera fought his alien adversaries while the kids avoided the sexy cannibals and explored an expansive Star Trek set with blinking console lights. Now I see special effects that make the Beastie Boys' "Intergalactic" video look like a George Lucas production, dialogue as halting as a Berlitz beginners' course, and a storyline that sags at every turn.

But you know something? It's still a joy watching it. Most times, the pleasures of youth turn lame in adulthood. "Attack Of The Monsters" is just as much fun to watch now as it was then, especially if you have enough alcohol around.

Definitely try to get the Sandy Frank version; which has the zaniest dubbing. Better yet, find the old Mystery Science Theater 3000 version, where little Tom is basted with numerous Richard Burton riffs and Mike Nelson as Michael Feinstein brings it all home with a Cole Porter-ized version of the "Gamera" theme.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

21 March 1969 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Gamera vs. Guillon See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Daiei See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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