Gamera vs. Guiron (1969)

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Gamera Films
Gamera vs. Viras
Gamera vs. Guiron
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Gamera vs. Guiron
The Japanese poster for Gamera vs. Guiron
Alternate titles
Flagicon Japan.png Gamera Against Giant Evil Beast Guiron (1969)
Flagicon United States.png Attack of the Monsters (TV 1969)
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Directed by Noriaki Yuasa
Producer(s) Hidemasa Nagata
Written by Nisan Takahashi
Music by Shunsuke Kikuchi
Distributor Daiei Motion Picture CompanyJP
American International TelevisionUS
Rating Not Rated
Budget ¥24,000,000[1]
Running time 82 minutesJP
(1 hour, 22 minutes)
80 minutesUS
(1 hour, 20 minutes)
Aspect ratio 2.35:1
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Gamera vs. Guiron (ガメラ対大悪獣ギロン,   Gamera tai Dai Aku-jū Giron, lit. Gamera Against Giant Evil Beast Guiron) is a 1969 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Daiei Motion Picture Company and is the fifth entry in the Gamera series. It was released to Japanese theaters on March 21, 1969.

Plot

After news reports of strange transmissions being received from space, Akio and his friend Tom, who had been staying with Akio's family saw through their telescope a spaceship that descends into a nearby field. They attempt to go to see it, but are promptly returned to bed by Akio's mother. The following morning, With Akio's little sister Tomoko in tow, they ride out to the field on their bicycles the next day to investigate. On the way there they are stopped by Officer Kon Kondo, who warns them not to get into any trouble or he will shave their heads. They quickly discover the spaceship and climb aboard. While pressing switches while playing, they accidentally launch the ship, leaving Tomoko behind. As they speed into space, Gamera flies up beside them in an attempt to save them, but he cannot keep up with the spaceship, and they land on an unknown planet, which Akio hopes is free of war and traffic accidents. Shortly after arriving, the boys witness Space Gyaos attempting to attack the colony they had discovered, before Guiron emerged and cut it to bits after it attempted to fire a laser at Guiron that reflected off of his bladed face, slicing off Space Gyaos' leg. They enter one of the buildings, and come in contact with two women, named Barbella and Florbella that inform them that the planet is called Terra, they are called Terrans, and that the monster Guiron is their watchdog. On Earth, Tomoko attempts to inform her mother, Tom's mother, and Officer Kondo of the fate of the boys. Kondo believes her story, and tries his best to help while everyone else believes he is only humoring her. After explaining that they had called the ship back from Earth in hopes of escaping, the Terrans begin to make plans to escape while secretly plotting to escape their world Devastated by Gyaos, eat the boys' brains to consume their knowledge of Earth and leave to live there in their two-man ship. They hypnotize the boys, shave Akio's head and just before they make the incision to remove his brain, Gamera arrives to save them. Gamera battles fiercely with Guiron, but is badly wounded and is left for dead belly up at the bottom of a lake. The Boys then use Tom's toy Dart gun to escape their cage and the Terrans try to fly away, but their spaceship is damaged and crashes, wounding Barbella. Florbella kills her, and Gamera is roused from the lake. Guiron shoots shuriken into Gamera's limbs, but he is able to defeat Guiron with the aid of a guided missile launched by Akio and Tom, and kill Florbella. He then welds the Terran UFO back together with his flame breath and carries them home in his mouth, where the media, their parents, Tomoko, and Officer Kondo eagerly await them. Akio shares with them his revelation that while he wanted a world free of war and traffic accidents, such a place did not exist, and that humanity would have to make Earth a place without war or traffic accidents. Gamera then flies away into the skies.

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
  • Music by   Shunsuke Kikuchi
  • Cinematography by   Akira Kitazaki
  • Edited by   Zenko Miyazaki
  • Special Effects by   Kazufumi Fuji

Cast

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

  • Nobuhiro Kashima   as   Akio
  • Christopher Murphy   as   Tom
  • Miyuki Akiyama   as   Tomoko
  • Eiji Funakoshi   as   Dr. Shiga
  • Kon Omura   as   Officer Kon Kondo
  • Yuko Hamada   as   Kuniko
  • Edith Hansen   as   Elza
  • Reiko Kasahara   as   Florbella
  • Hiroko Kai   as   Barbella
  • Umenosuke Izumi   as   Gamera

Appearances

Monsters

Weapons, Vehicles, and Races


Gallery

Main article: Gamera vs. Guiron/Gallery.

Soundtrack

Main article: Gamera vs. Guiron (Soundtrack).

Alternate Titles

  • Gamera vs. Giant Evil Beast Guiron (Literal Japanese Title)
  • Gamera vs. Giant Evil Beast X (ガメラ対大悪獣X,   Gamera tai Dai Aku-jū Ekkusu, Early Japanese Title)
  • Gamera vs. Guiron: Giant Evil Monster (English Japanese DVD Title)
  • Attack of the Monsters (United States)
  • Gamera vs. Guillon (United States Video Title)
  • King Kong Against Godzilla (King Kong contro Godzilla; Italy)

U.S. Release

Like the three previous Gamera films, Gamera vs. Guiron was not released theatrically in the continental United States, but was shown on television by American International Television in 1969, under the title Attack of the Monsters. AIP-TV drastically shortened the battle between Guiron and Space Gyaos due to its graphic content, showing Space Gyaos flee after losing a foot. The international English-dubbed version of Gamera vs. Guiron, by Pedro Productions [2] and released by Sandy Frank Film Syndication, was featured on Season 3 of the movie-mocking television series Mystery Science Theater 3000. It was also riffed on the show during its original broadcast on the Minneapolis-area station KTMA. The film has been released on DVD in its original Japanese audio with English subtitles by both Shout! Factory and Mill Creek Entertainment. While the original Japanese version and the international dub are copyrighted, the AIP-TV version is in the public domain[3]

Video Releases

Shout! Factory DVD (2010)

  • Region: 1
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (1.0 Mono), English (1.0 Mono, international and AIP-TV dubs)
  • Special Features: Photo galleries
  • Notes: All versions of the film use the same Japanese video track, with the AIP-TV dub reverting to the international dub during scenes cut from the former version. Packaged with Gamera vs. Jiger.

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

Mill Creek Blu-ray (2014) [Gamera: Ultimate Collection, Volume 2]

Videos

Japanese Gamera vs. Guiron trailer
American Attack of the Monsters TV spot
Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode K08 - Gamera vs. Guiron
Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode 312 - Gamera vs. Guiron
Guiron vs. Space Gyaos clip

Trivia

References

This is a list of references for Gamera vs. Guiron. 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.
  2. [1]
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AubergineAnguirus

28 days ago
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Cornjob is the best character in the movie, hands down.
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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

3 months ago
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That italian title is super weird, King Kong and Godzilla looks nothing like a giant turtle and a giant knife kaiju.
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AngiraBlu

3 months ago
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That is weird.
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The H-Man

3 months ago
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Not all of the previous films would have been seen in Italy (or other European countries) or they hadn't been popular. So some distributors used names of more familiar characters to lure audiences in, even if it was an outright lie. It didn't matter that the characters in the film could have passed for King Kong and Godzilla or not.
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5146 Adam

3 months ago
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Why are these movies for kids yet THEY CLEARLY SHOW BLOOD, GORE, AND BODY PARTS FLYING EVERYWHERE?!?! Speaking of which, is this the most violent Showa Gamera movie?
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Astounding Beyond Belief

3 months ago
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The Japanese have different sensibilities when it comes to violence than us (though even Noriaki Yuasa admitted in retrospect that this movie went a bit overboard).
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5146 Adam

3 months ago
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Well then... but is this or a different Showa Gamera movie the most violent Showa Gamera movie?
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Astounding Beyond Belief

3 months ago
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In terms of monster violence, sure, but I think Jiger and its cutting-open-an-elephant-trunk-to-reveal-countless-worms scene win overall.
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5146 Adam

3 months ago
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Wait, what? An elephant trunk with countless worms? I have seen disturbing things, but I feel like I shouldn't see that.
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The Boy Who Cried Godzilla

23 months ago
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I don't think its bad, but it is definitely the weirdest Kaiju film I've yet seen.
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Toa Hydros

23 months ago
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My Thoughts: Gamera vs. Guiron

There's not really much that can be said about this film that hasn't already been said about its predecessors. Though entertaining in an over-the-top fashion, "Gamera vs Guiron" seems to be where the repetitive Showa-era Gamera formula really solidified, and depending on your tolerance for this formula, this could be considered a good thing or a bad one.

As far as the more direct plot is concerned, the movie at least tries to change things up with the alien threat story by having the humans travel TO their planet as opposed to yet another Earth invasion. The aliens themselves are just your typical wannabe invaders, though as with "Gamera vs. Viras", I do find myself liking the interior design of their base.

The monster action is enjoyably goofy; though Gamera is absent through most of the second act, the new monster Guiron is so amazingly over-the-top, you can't help but love him. The monster battles are beyond bonkers, and make the fights from "Godzilla vs Megalon" look sane.

Overall, "Gamera vs Guiron" is your typical 60's Gamera flick. Personally, I find the film more enjoyable with the riffing of the cast of MST3K, but if you prefer your Gamera movies on the goofier side, you'll probably like it.
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Gamera

35 months ago
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I was surprised when Gyaos appeared in this movie. Would have been great if he had a bit of a larger role!
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