Daikaijû Gamera (1965)

Japan,
80m
35mm film, colour, 2.35:1, Daieiscope
mono, Japanese

A Japanese science fiction film directed by Noriaki Yuasa.

Plot Summary

A nuclear explosion awakens the legendary flying turtle who has been frozen in ice. Gamera craves energy and goes on the rampage, with only a group of scientists and a small boy with a psychic link to Gamera to stop him.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Noriaki Yuasa
US Version Director: Sandy Howard
Daiei
Executive Producer: Masaichi Nagata
Producer: Hidemasa Nagata
Planning: Yonejiro Saito
US Version Producer: Sandy Frank
Screenplay: Nisan Takahashi
Story: Yonejiro Saito
US Version Script: Richard Kraft
Photography: Nobuo Munekawa
Editing: Tatsuji Nakashizu
Music: Tadashi Yamauchi
Sound: Toshikazu Watanabe
SFX Photography: Yonesaburo Tsukiji
Art Director: Akira Inoue
Monster Designer: Takayama Ryosaku

Cast
Eiji Funagoshi [Dr Hidaka]
Junichiro Yamashita [Aoyagi]
Michiko Sugata [Sakurai Nobuyo]
Harumi Kiritachi [Yamamoto Kyouko]
Yoshiro Kitahara [Sakurai]
Bokuzen Hidari [old farmer]
Jun Hamamura [Professor Murase]
Jutaro Hojo [commander]
Yoshio Yoshida [Eskimo chieftain]
Kenji Oyama [Director General of the Defense Agency]
Jun Osanai [captain of the Chidori]
Koji Fujiyama [US army commander]
Munehiko Takada
Kenichi Tani
Tsutomu Nakata [Toshio's uncle]
Yuji Moriya [announcer]
Osamu Maruyama
Yoshiro Uchida [Sakurai Toshio]
Toshio Maki
Kazuo Sumida

US version cast
Brian Donlevy [General Terry Arnold]
Albert Dekker [Secretary Of Defense]
Walter Arnold [American ambassador]
John Baragrey [Captain Lovell]
Gene Bua [Lieutenant Clark]
Bob Carraway [Lieutenant Simpson]
Diane Findlay [Sergeant Susan Embers]
Mort Marshall [Jules Manning]
George Hirose [Japanese ambassador]
John McCurry [A1c Hopkins]
Dick O'Neill [General O'Neill]
Alan Oppenheimer [Dr Contrare]
Steve Zacharias [Senator Billings]
Louis Zorich [Russian ambassador]

Alternative Titles

Gamera
Gamera the Invincible
Gammera
Gammera, the Invincible – USA
El mundo bajo el terror-Spanish title

Sequels
Daikaijû kessen: Gamera tai Barugon (1966)
Gamera tai Gyaosu (1967)
Gamera tai uchu kaijû Bairasu (1968)
Gamera tai daikaijû Giron (1969)
Gamera tai Daimaju Jaiga (1970)
Gamera tai Shinkai kaijû Jigura (1971)
Gamera daikaijû kuchu kessen (1995)
Gamera 2: Region shurai (1996)
Gamera 3: Iris kakusei (1999)

Extracts included in
Daikaijû kessen: Gamera tai Barugon (1966)
Gamera tai daikaijû Giron (1969)
Gamera tai uchu kaijû Bairasu (1968)
Uchu kaijû Gamera (1980)

Remakes
Taekoesu Yonggary (1967)
2001 Yonggary (1999)

See also
Dai-Rantou Smash Brothers Deluxe (2001)

References

Periodicals

  • Oriental Cinema no.5 p.23 – illustrated review
  • Total Film no.303 (October 2020) p.90 – illustrated DVD review (Turtle recall by Anton van Beek)

Books

  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.249-250
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.159
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 pp.87-88 – credits, review
  • Nuclear Movies: A Filmography by Mick Broderick p.70
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.185-186