Gamera the Invincible (Popular Title) Daikaijū Gamera (1965)

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Year of Release: 1965
Japanese Title: Daikaijū Gamera
Also released as: Gamera (1965)
Giant Monster Gamera (Literal English translation)
Credits: Directed by:
Noriaki Yuasa
Sandy Howard (US Version)

Writing credits:
Nisan Takahashi
Richard Kraft (US Version)

Cast: (Original & US combined)
Brian Donlevy .... General Terry Arnold
Albert Dekker .... Secretary of Defense
rest of cast listed alphabetically
Walter Arnold .... American Ambassador
John Baragrey .... Captain Lovell
Gene Bua .... Lieutenant Clark
Bob Carraway .... Lieutenant Simpson
Diane Findlay .... Sergeant Susan Embers
Eiji Funakoshi .... Dr. Hidaka
Jun Hamamura .... Dr. Murase
Bokuzen Hidari .... Old Man
George Hirose .... Japanese Ambassador
Harumi Kiritachi .... Kyoke
Yoshiro Kitahara .... Sakurai
Mort Marshall .... Jules Manning
John McCurry (I) .... Airman First Class Hopkins
Dick O'Neill .... General O'Neill
Alan Oppenheimer .... Dr. Contrare
Michiko Sugata .... Nobuyo
Yoshiro Uchida .... Toschio
Junichirō Yamashiko .... Aoyagi
Steve Zacharias .... Senator Billings
Louis Zorich .... Russian Ambassador

Produced by
Masaichi Nagata (Executive Producer)
Yonejiro Saito

Cinematography by
Nobuo Munekawa

Film Editing by
Tatsuji Nakashizu

Production Design by
Hajime Oikawa

Special Effects
Yonesaburo Tsukiji

Gamera, a.k.a. Gamera the Invincible, was the first of the Japanese monster movies to feature a child in the lead role, and the last of the genre to be filmed in black and white. Gamera was also the only movie in the series to be released to theatres in the United States, unlike the following installments of the series which were only shown on American television, with new footage featuring Brian Donlevy and Albert Dekker added.

It is a period of war, and an aircraft equipped with nuclear weapons is shot down in the Arctic. The plane crashes and causes a nuclear blast, awakening the giant prehistoric turtle, Gamera. Gamera attacks a nearby ship, then heads to Japan, where he destroys a geothermal power plant. A plan to temporarily freeze the creature and turn it on its back using explosives proves unable to stop it, and Gamera heads for Tokyo and wreaks havoc on the bustling metropolis. A new plan to use a trail of fire to lure the giant turtle into a rocket that will be shot into space is put into effect, but just as Gamera begins to follow the trail, rain begins to fall and extinguishes the trail.

Shot in Black and White, this film is obviously "the start of it all." At least it is for Gamera. The common opinion that Gamera was just weak competition for Godzilla is starts here, too. The first Godzilla film was in b&w and the only kaiju in the film was the title creature. Also, the first film could bea singular contained film - complete with a definite beginning and end . Primarily this is a giant-moster-on-the-run-rampage movie. While Gamera is destroying Japan, mankind must decide how to get rid of him. They shoot him into outer space with a giant rocket-cage. I guess I can't complain about any logic being thrown out the window; I love these films! I think that I'd rank Daikaiju Gamera film in the lower half of my famorite Gammy movies. The treatment is more serious than following films like Gamera vs. Guiron and Gamera vs Zigra, but we do get to see some of that "Friend of All Children" vein in this episode of the Gamera series.
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