Gamera vs. Guiron (1969)
Gamera vs. Guiron (ガメラ対大悪獣ギロン is a Gamera tai Dai Aku-jū Giron, lit. Gamera Against Giant Evil Beast Guiron)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.
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 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
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
Weapons, Vehicles, and Races
- Main article: Gamera vs. Guiron/Gallery.
- Main article: Gamera vs. Guiron (Soundtrack).
- 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)
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  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
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]
- Region: 1
- Discs: 4
- Audio: Japanese (1.0 Mono)
- Special Features: None
- Notes: Packaged with Gamera, Gamera vs. Barugon, Gamera vs. Gyaos, Gamera vs. Viras, Gamera vs. Jiger, Gamera vs. Zigra, Gamera: Super Monster, Gamera: Guardian of the Universe, Gamera 2: Attack of Legion, and Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris.
Mill Creek Blu-ray (2014) [Gamera: Ultimate Collection, Volume 2]
- Region: N/A
- Discs: 2
- Audio: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- Special Features: None
- Notes: Packaged with Gamera vs. Jiger, Gamera vs. Zigra, and Gamera: Super Monster.
- Gamera vs. Guiron was theatrically released in Japan on a double bill with Yokai Monsters: Along with Ghosts.
- Originally, a new kaiju called Monga was to appear in this film alongside Guiron, but due to time and budget limitations, the Gyaos suit and props from Gamera vs. Gyaos were simply painted silver and used as Space Gyaos.
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