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 vs. 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, friends Akio and Tom observe 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 to investigate. On their way, they are stopped by Officer Kon Kondo, who warns them not to get into any trouble or he will shave their heads.
Tomoko discovers the spaceship in the vacant lot where they play. Finding it unoccupied, Akio and Tom climb aboard. They playfully press several switches, accidentally launching the ship and themselves into space. Beyond the Earth's atmosphere, Gamera flies alongside the ship in an attempt to save the two children, but he cannot keep up with the alien craft. It speeds off into the far reaches of the solar system.
Some time later, the boys awaken to find the ship crash-landed on an unknown habitable planet, housing an apparently advanced civilization. Departing the craft to investigate the mysterious world, the boys immediately witness a Space Gyaos attacking the nearby colony. They take cover and observe an immense knife-headed monster emerge, quickly cutting the Space Gyaos to pieces. The monster carefully dissects its opponent before returning to its lair under a nearby river.
The boys enter one of the alien buildings, itself part of an enormous complex. In the control room they meet two alien women who identify themselves as Barbella and Florbella. The women explain that the planet, Terra, lies on Earth's orbit directly opposite the sun and that their civilization had prospered for many years until a malfunctioning computer brought calamity upon them, causing flocks of Space Gyaos to overrun the city. From the control center they command their monster Guiron to protect themselves. The other Terrans, they explain, had left the planet to find another inhabitable world, only to meet an unfortunate end. The two women, the last of their race, had called out into space for help -the source of the mysterious radio signals- and had sent the ship to Earth hoping other beings would return to Terra to help. Tom and Akio agree to help the women repair the ship and return to Earth.
On Earth, Tomoko attempts to inform her mother, Tom's mother, and Officer Kondo of the fate of the boys. The two mothers believe it to be a trick the boys are playing so that Tom can stay with Akio. Kondo, however, believes Tomoko's story and tries his best to help despite everyone else's assumption that he merely humors her.
Unbeknownst to the boys, Florbella and Barbella plot to escape to Earth themselves in their repaired two-man craft. To better prepare themselves for Earth, they intend to consume the boys' combined knowledge by eating their brains. They hypnotize the boys and shave Akio's head but are interrupted by the appearance of Gamera in the city. The women sic Guiron on him while they hurry to repair the ship. Gamera battles Guiron fiercely but is badly wounded and left for dead belly-up at the bottom of a lake. The boys come to but are once again captured by the Terran women. This time imprisoned in the control room, they use Tom's toy dart gun to escape their cage, in the process unintentionally pressing other control switches. The Terran women make their escape but Guiron, having been loosed by the boys, cuts the escaping ship in two. Barbella is wounded in the crash. Florbella mercilessly kills her before returning to the relative safety of the Terran complex.
Gamera is roused from the lake and resumes his battle with Guiron. The Terran watchdog gains an advantage by shooting shuriken into Gamera's limbs. It turns towards the control center, having sighted the boys. Frantically trying to defend themselves, Akio and Tom launch a couple of guided missiles: one slams into a far-off building, killing Florbella, while the other is intercepted by Gamera, who hurls it through the shuriken port on Guiron's head. Gamera blasts Guiron, detonating the explosive and killing the enemy monster. He then uses his flame to weld the Terran UFO back together. The boys board the ship, which Gamera carries to Earth in his mouth. Back in the vacant lot where the ship had earlier landed, Tom and Akio are welcomed home by their parents, the media, Tomoko, and Officer Kondo. 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 work together to make Earth a better place. Gamera flies away as the three children thank him for his help.
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)
- Japan - March 21, 1969
- Italy - 1969; 1977
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 the 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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