Gamera vs. Barugon (Popular Title) Daikaijű kessen: Gamera tai Barugon (1965)

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Year of Release: 1966
Japanese Title: Daikaijű kessen: Gamera tai Barugon
Also released as: Gamera vs. Barugon (1966)
Great Monster Duel: Gamera vs. Barugon, The (1966) (Japan: English title)
War of the Monsters (1966)
Credits: Directed by:
Shigeo Tanaka

Writing credits
Nisan Takahashi

Cast
Kojiro Hongo
Ky˘ko Enami
Koji Fujiyama
Akira Natsuki
Ichir˘ Sugai
Yuzo Hayakawa

Produced
Sandy Frank (US version)
Masaichi Nagata

Score
Chuji Kinoshita

Cinematography
Michio Takahashi

Film Editing
Tatsuji Nakashizu


Special Effects
Noriaki Yuasa
Hurtling through space, a meteorite collides with the rocket (as we learned in the last film) transporting Gamera off the Earth. Gamera, now freed, returns to Japan, destroys Kuroba Dam and takes off. Meanwhile, a mysterious group of travellers visit an island in the South Pacific. They plan to steal huge jewel from a cave protected by a local village. Eventually, they journey to the cave and find the opal. Travelling back to civiliation, the only theif to survive the "heist" leaves the jewel beneath an infra-red light while playing poker. The light ends up incubating and hatch a giant monster from the opal, Barugon. Barugon emerges from the ship as it comes into Kobe harbor, destroying it. Barugon then attacks Osaka, freezing large parts of the city with a freezing tongue ray, and destroying a missile strike with a rainbow ray. Gamera, attracted by the rainbow ray, arrives on the scene. Barugon and Gamera fight. Gamera does well, until Barugon applies the old freeze ray. Gamera then gets frozen solid and falls inert onto the ground. Victorious, Barugon departs Osaka for the next large urban target. Keisuke and Karen find Onodera, and wrest a confession about Kano's death from him. In the ensuing fight, Keisuke beats up on Onodera and ties him up. Keisuke and Karen then go to the Japanese defense ministry. There Karen outlines a the "Diamond Lure" defense. This plans uses the giant diamond of the Black Tribe to lure Barugon into a lake to drown. The plan is effected but fails to move Barugon out into the lake. Afterwards it is theorized that the infra-red radiation has made Barugon immune to the effects of the "Diamond Lure". Another plan, the "Infra-red Diamond Lure" defense is hatched. This would involve putting the Black Tribe diamond in an infra-red generator and using the resultant ray to lure Barugon to a watery death. Karen reveals that rain weakens Barugon and the Japanese military keeps Barugon doused with artificial rain. The "Infra-red Diamond Lure" defense is put into effect. Onodera, however, gets wind of the plan and resolves to steal the Black Tribe diamond. The plan is executed and this time Barugon follows the lure without hesitation. Just as Barugon is about to be drawn into heavy water, Onodera bursts on the scene and steals the Black Tribe diamond. Barugon approaches the boat carrying the infra-red generator and destroys it. Barugon then eats Onodera - and the Black Tribe diamond. Having failed, the Japanese military keeps Barugon sedated with rain. In dejection, Keizuke and Karen visit the site of Barugon's attack on the missile battery and discover an anomaly, everything but glass has been destroyed. From this comes the theory that Barugon's infra-red beam can be reflected. With this information, the "Reflect attack" plan is hatched. A giant mirror is constructed and put in front of Barugon. Barugon is then goaded into firing the rainbow ray. The mirror reflects the ray back upon Barugon, but the monster stops firing before the ray can be lethal. This exchange again attracts Gamera, who has thawed out after last battling Barugon. This time, Gamera manages not to get frozen, and eventually manages to drag Barugon into deep water, where the monster drowns. The threat vanquished, Gamera flies off in search of some convenient volcano for dinner.
Call me crazy, but this is my least favorite Gamera film. There's just something about it that makes me bored. Perhaps I don't like the human element, but I think my problem has to do with the monster action. I'm not a fan of Barugon's powers and it seems really really long to me. I really like Barugon's design, very lizard-like, but that Rainbow beam is an eye roller. I don't really have anything else to say about this, but I'm sure someone who likes this movie will let me in on some of the finer points that I am probably missing.
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