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Gamera vs. Jiger (1970)

Gamera tai Daimaju Jaiga (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Family | 21 March 1970 (Japan)
When an ancient statue is moved for display in Expo '70, a giant, vaguely Triceratops-like monster is released. The monster goes to Japan in pursuit of the statue and ends up battling Gamera, the giant flying turtle.

Directors:

Noriaki Yuasa, Shigeo Tanaka (uncredited)

Writer:

Niisan Takahashi (as Nisan Takahashi)
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Credited cast:
Tsutomu Takakuwa Tsutomu Takakuwa ... Hiroshi
Kelly Varis Kelly Varis ... Tommy Williams
Katherine Murphy Katherine Murphy ... Susan Williams
Kon Ohmura Kon Ohmura ... Dad (as Kon Ômura)
Junko Yashiro Junko Yashiro ... Miwako
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Franz Gruber Franz Gruber ... Dr. Williams
Ryô Hayami Ryô Hayami ... Keisuke Sawada
Umenosuke Izumi Umenosuke Izumi ... Gamera
Akira Natsuki Akira Natsuki ... Dr. Suzuki
Corinne Orr ... (voice)
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A giant creature attacks Japan during the World Fair and its up to Gamera to stop it. But the monster injects Gamera with its offspring and a research team must take a craft into Gamera's body to eliminate the parasite. Written by Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>

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Trivia

Filmed at the real Expo '70 World Fair in Osaka, Japan. See more »

Goofs

When the two soldiers are skeletonised by Jiger's heat-ray, the elbow joint on the leading skeleton is anatomically incorrect (the upper and lower arm bones appear to overlap). See more »

Connections

Followed by Gamera the Brave (2006) See more »

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Fun with Giant Monsters
5 August 2003 | by SentinelPrimeSee all my reviews

This was the first feature I had seen in the kaiju genre. I was familiar with the television show Ultraman, but I had not known that movies about monsters had also been made.

This one is fun! One aspect of the genre that Daiei was better at than Toho is in the depiction of quadrapeds. Jiger looks like a four legged creature, not a person crawling on his knees, as several of the Toho characters were known to do.

Some of the dialogue is hideously bad. I recently saw this one again after twenty years, and had a good time adding a few comments of my own. At one point the two boys are inside Gamera's lung, walking around, when one says, "What are we looking for?" The other replies "Anything unusual."

I piped up, "We are in the lung of a 200-foot turtle, but we are still looking for anything unusual."

Still, this one has several interesting scenes. Unusual footage of a surgery on an elephant, x-rays of Gamera, a neat minisub, and cool communicators. It is a fun ride!


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

21 March 1970 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Gamera vs. Monster X See more »

Filming Locations:

Suita, Osaka, Japan

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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