Gamera vs. Viras (1968)

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Gamera Films
Gamera vs. Gyaos
Gamera vs. Viras
Gamera vs. Guiron
Kadokawa Pictures (Daiei Motion Picture Company) Monster Movie
The Japanese poster for Gamera vs. Viras
Gamera vs. Viras
Alternate Titles
Flagicon Japan.png Gamera Against Space Monster Viras (1968)
Flagicon United States.png Destroy All Planets (1969)
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Directed by Noriaki Yuasa
Produced by Nagata Hidemasa
Written by Takahashi Niisan
Music by Hirose Kenjirou
Distributor Daiei Motion Picture Company, Ltd.JP
American International TelevisionUS
Rating Not Rated
Budget ¥24,000,000[1]
Running Time 72 minutes (Theatrical)JP
(1 hour, 12 minutes)
81 minutes (Current)JP
(1 hour, 21 minutes)
90 minutesIntl
(1 hour, 30 minutes)
Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
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Gamera vs. Viras (ガメラ対宇宙怪獣バイラス,   Gamera Tai Uchū Kaijū Bairasu?, lit. Gamera Against Space Monster Viras) is a 1968 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Daiei Motion Picture Company and the fourth entry in the Gamera series. It was released to Japanese theaters on March 20, 1968.

Plot

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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 one of Gamera's few weaknesses, 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 Virasians) 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. Viras tears apart Gamera's belly by turning his mantle into a blade, but Gamera grabs his giant opponent and lifts them into the stratosphere, where they become frozen. Gamera then drops Viras, where they then die after slamming into the ocean.

Staff

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   Noriaki Yuasa
  • Written by   Nisan Takahashi
  • Produced by   Hidemasa Nagata
  • Executive Producing by   Masaichi Nagata
  • Music by   Kenjiro Hirose
  • Cinematography by   Akira Kitazaki
  • Edited by   Shoji Sekiguchi
  • Production Design by   Tomohisa Yano
  • Assistant Directing by   Masayoshi Imago
  • Special Effects by   Kazufumi Fujii, Yuzo Kaneko

Cast

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Kojiro Hongo   as   Scoutmaster Mr. Shimida
  • Michiko Yaegaki   as   Mariko
  • Mari Atsumi   as   Junko Aoki
  • Junko Yashiro   as   Masako Shibata
  • Yoshiro Kitahara   as   Masao's Father
  • Akira Natsuki   as   Doctor C
  • Koji Fujiyama   as   Self-Defense Force Commander
  • Chikara Hashimoto   as   Doctor A
  • Carl Craig   as   Jim Crane
  • Toru Takatsuka   as   Masao Nakaya
  • Kenji Go   as   Doctor B
  • Munehiko Takada   as   Jim's Father
  • Peter Williams   as   Dr. Dobie
  • Ken Nakahara   as   Doctor D
  • Kenichiro Yamane   as   Doctor E
  • Mary Morris   as   Mrs. Crane
  • Himawari and Kojika Acting Troupes
  • Teruo Aragaki   as   Gamera

Appearances

Monsters

Weapons, Vehicles and Races

Gallery

Main article: Gamera vs. Viras/Gallery.

Soundtrack

Main article: Gamera vs. Viras (Soundtrack).

Alternate Titles

  • Gamera vs. Space Monster Viras (Literal Japanese Title)
  • Gamera vs. the Giant Space Monster (ガメラ対宇宙大怪獣,   Gamera tai Uchū Daikaijū?, Early Japanese Title)
  • Gamela vs. Outerspace Monster Bairus (Early English Title)
  • Gamela vs. Bairus (Early English Title)
  • Gamera versus Space Monster Bairas (English Japanese Title)
  • Destroy All Planets (United States)

U.S. Release

In June 1968, Gamera vs. Viras played alongside Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare at the New Kokusai Theater in Honolulu, Hawaii, presented in Japanese with English subtitles. Advertisements referred to the film as either Gamela vs. Outerspace Monster Bairus or just Gamela vs. Bairus.

In 1969, Gamera vs. Viras premiered in the continental United States through American International Television, under the title Destroy All Planets, likely to capitalize on the success of the Godzilla film, Destroy All Monsters, which American International released to theaters the same year. This version contained an additional ten minutes of stock footage in the scene where the Virasians examine Gamera's memories. Both Shout! Factory and Mill Creek Entertainment have released the film on DVD as Gamera vs. Viras, with its original Japanese audio track and English subtitles.

Video Releases

Shout! Factory DVD (2010)

  • Region: 1
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (1.0 Mono), English (1.0 Mono)
  • Special Features: Gallery of publicity materials
  • Notes: Both versions of the film use the same Japanese video track, with the English dub reverting to the Japanese audio in scenes removed by AIP-TV. Packaged with Gamera vs. Gyaos.

Mill Creek DVD (2014) [Gamera: Legacy Collection]

Mill Creek Blu-ray (2014) [Gamera: Ultimate Collection, Volume 1]

Videos

Japanese Gamera vs. Viras trailer
Stock footage montage from the Japanese theatrical version
Extended stock footage montage from the international version
Italian theatrical credits


Trivia

  • Gamera vs. Viras was theatrically released in Japan on a double bill with Yokai Monsters: One Hundred Monsters (妖怪百物語,   Yōkai Hyaku Monogatari?, lit. One Hundred Yōkai Tales).

References

This is a list of references for Gamera vs. Viras. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Stuart Galbraith IV. Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo!. Feral House. p. 74. 1998. ISBN: 0-922915-47-4.

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Toa Hydros

3 months ago
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My Thoughts: Gamera vs. Viras

Though entertaining in some respects, I tend to label this as one of the weaker installments in the original series.

The biggest aggravation this flick has to offer is the subpar monster action. While Gamera's battles with the spaceship (which has a pretty cool interior set design) and Viras are highly entertaining in typical goofy fashion, the vast majority of his screen time is realized through stock footage from previous films. In addition, between 10 and 20 minutes of the movie (depends which version you watch) are padded out with an overly detailed recap of the series thus far.

This is also the first film since the original where the child characters completely steal the show, though like the previous movie, they at the very least TRY not to be overly obnoxious... at least not until the final battle when they start shouting "Gamera!" over and over and OVER again.

In the end, this movie is probably a good starting point if you've never had the chance to see any of the prior films in the series, but it's just plain tedious to sit through if you have. Despite this, a few goofy action scenes, and some creative set designs do make it worth the odd viewing.
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Gamera

14 months ago
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Viras is a weird looking monster and watching him fight Gamera is fun.