Gamera vs. Viras (Popular Title) Gamera tai uchu kaijū Bairasu (1968)

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Year of Release: 1968
Japanese Title: Gamera tai uchu kaijū Bairasu
Also released as: Destroy All Planets (1968) Gamera vs. Outer Space Monster Viras (1968)
Credits: Directed by
Noriaki Yuasa

Writing credits
Nisan Takahashi

Cast (in credits order)
Carl Craig
Kojiro Hongo
Toru Takatsuka
Peter Williams (V)
Michiko Yaegaki

Produced by
Hidemasa Nagata

Cinematography by
Akira Kitazaki

Muscical Score
Kenjiro Hirose

Production Design by
Hajime Oikawa

Special Effects
Kazufumi Fujii
Yuzo Kaneko

A deadly Alien force approaches earth. Gamera intervenes and destroys the alien vessel; but before the ship is destroyed, the aliens broadcast a warning to their world - stating Gamera as their enemy.

Later on Earth a "Boy Scout" troop is visiting an aquarium to visit the scientists working on a small two-man submarine. Masao and Jim, two of the scouts manage to talk their way aboard the sub. While in the water they spot Gamera - who engages in a little race with the boys. However, their hijinks come to an end when the second alien vessel envelops the both of them in a "super-catch" ray. Releasing the boys, Gamera remains trapped in the force field while the aliens scan his memory-waves. They learn of Gamera one weakness, his love for children. Soon after, the field weakens and Gamera is free. The aliens capture Jim and Masao, threatening to kill the boys. Powerless, Gamera lands. Attaching a brain-wave control device to Gamera's head, the aliens force Gamera to do their bidding.

While aboard the spaceship, the boys continually try to escape. Gamera, however (under the influence of the Virians) is destroying dams and cities by the handful. Tim and Masao meet a strange squid like creature, thinking it is actually another captive of the aliens. In fact it is Viras, the leader of the aliens. The boys help Gamera break from the brain-wave device, and he begins to attack the spaceship. Grounded by Gamera, the aliens reveal that their humanoid forms were just hosts for more squid-like aliens. The aliens form together making a Gamera-sized creature, Viras! The two duke it out in a big beachside battle.

"Fight, Gamera! Fight!" I have only seen the dubbed version of this film, it is one of my favorites from the Showa series. The two kids, Jim and Masao, do a really great job of portraying two mischeivious scouts and are some of my faorite child actors in the Gamera series. My only criticism of this film is the extrememly long "flashback" sequence, for some reason the Virians spent waaaay too much time scanning Gamera's memory. It clocks in at nearly twenty minutes of stock footage with some brief voice-over.

Although I cannot vouch for the validity of this, someone once told me that because GAMERA vs VIRAS was released in the same year as Destroy All Monsters, it was dubbed "Destroy All Planets" for the international release.

Once again, Gamera is in top form in this film and although there are plenty of action sequences, the real action begins at the end of the film. Yuasa - as usual - really takes advantage of Gamera famous characteristics (like fire breath, Jet flames and the ability to fly spinning like a UFO) in the final battle which always kicks up the fun another notch!
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