Gamera vs. Guiron (1969)

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Gamera films
Gamera vs. Viras
Gamera vs. Guiron
Gamera vs. Jiger
Gamera vs. Guiron
The Japanese poster for Gamera vs. Guiron
Alternate titles
Flagicon Japan.png Gamera vs. Giant
Evil Beast Guiron
(1969)
Flagicon United States.png Attack of the Monsters (TV 1969)
See alternate titles
Directed by Noriaki Yuasa
Producer(s) Hidemasa Nagata
Written by Nisan Takahashi
Music by Shunsuke Kikuchi
Distributor Daiei Motion Picture CompanyJP
American International TelevisionUS[1]
Rating Not Rated
Budget ¥24,000,000[2]
Running time 82 minutesJP
(1 hour, 22 minutes)
80 minutesUS
(1 hour, 20 minutes)
Aspect ratio 2.35:1
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Controlled from the mysterious tenth planet, the immensely powerful Giant Demon Beast! The Earth is in danger! Launch the counter strategy, Gamera, you can do it!
(謎の第十惑星があやつる、すごい威力の大悪獣! 地球があぶない! がんばれガメラ、逆転作戦開始せよ!)
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— Japanese tagline

Gamera vs. Guiron (ガメラ対大悪獣ギロン,   Gamera tai Daiakujū Giron, lit. Gamera vs. 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.

When young boys Akio and Tom board a mysterious spaceship, they find themselves transported to planet Terra and encounter two alien women, Barbella and Florbella. While the two aliens seem friendly at first, the boys learn they intend to eat their brains before escaping to Earth. Fortunately, Gamera arrives to rescue Tom and Akio, but first he must contend with the Terrans' guardian monster, Guiron.

Plot

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 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

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

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, Akio's mother
  • Edith Hansen   as   Elza, Tom's mother
  • Reiko Kasahara   as   Florbella, Terran
  • Hiroko Kai   as   Barbella, Terran
  • Sho Natsuki   as   Newspaper reporter
  • Teppei Endo   as   Newspaper reporter
  • Tsutomu Nakata   as   Newspaper reporter
  • Masaki Minamido   as   Observatory technician
  • Kita Daihachi   as   Policeman
  • Umenosuke Izumi   as   Gamera

Titan Productions English dub

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

  • Corrine Orr   as   Tomoko
  • Bret Morrison   as   Dr. Shiga / Policeman / Newspaper reporter
  • Lucy Martin   as   Florbella / Elza
  • Larry Robinson   as   Newspaper reporter
  • Earl Hammond   as   Narrator

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)

Theatrical releases

  • Japan - March 21, 1969
  • Italy - 1969; 1977

U.S. release

Like the three previous Gamera films, Gamera vs. Guiron was not released theatrically in the continental United States, but was offered for television syndication by American International Television beginning in 1969, under the title Attack of the Monsters. As was the case with its release of Gamera vs. Viras, American International had the film dubbed into English at Titan Productions, Inc., and voice actor Bret Morrison was credited as the re-recording director.[1] Due to content that would have been deemed too graphic for television, AI-TV drastically abbreviated the battle between Guiron and Space Gyaos, which in the Japanese version ended with Guiron completely eviscerating his foe. In the re-worked sequence, Space Gyaos merely flies away after losing a foot in battle.

In the 1980s, the North American video and TV rights to five Gamera films, including Gamera vs. Guiron, were acquired by Sandy Frank Film Syndication. Frank's company used a previously-unreleased English-dubbed version of Gamera vs. Guiron, produced by Pedro Productions for Daiei[3], as a basis for its version. New credits and onscreen text were affixed to the film, which otherwise remained unedited.[4] Sandy Frank's Gamera vs. Guiron debuted in the U.S. in syndication in 1987; a VHS release from Celebrity Home Entertainment followed the next year. This version of the film was twice lampooned on the movie-mocking television series Mystery Science Theater 3000. It was first riffed on the show in 1989, during the series' original broadcast on the Minneapolis-area station KTMA. A new episode featuring the movie was produced in 1991 for the show's third season on the Comedy Central cable network.[5] The latter version was one of thirty episodes repurposed into two hour-long shows on The Mystery Science Theater Hour, which began airing in 1993.

The film has been released on DVD in its original Japanese audio with English subtitles by Shout! Factory and Mill Creek Entertainment. AI-TV's Attack of the Monsters been released on DVD by countless different companies who assumed it was in the public domain.

Video releases

Shout! Factory DVD (2010)

  • Region: 1
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (1.0 Mono), English (1.0 Mono, international and AI-TV dubs)
  • Special features: Photo galleries
  • Notes: All versions of the film use the same Japanese video track, with the AI-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. 1.0 1.1 Craig, Rob. American International Pictures: A Comprehensive Filmography. McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 44. 2019. ISBN: 9781476666310.
  2. Stuart Galbraith IV. Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo!. Feral House. p. 74. 1998. ISBN: 0-922915-47-4.
  3. [1]
  4. Stuart Galbraith IV. Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo!. Feral House. pp. 138-139. 1998. ISBN: 0-922915-47-4.
  5. The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Amazing Colossal Episode Guide. Bantam Books. pp. xxxiv, 50. 1996. ISBN: 0-553-37783-3.

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スペースゴジラ

one month ago
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Look out, he has a knife!!
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RexGoji

2 months ago
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You know guys, it just dawned to me how weird this film is, you know. It's kinda goofy.
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GojiKaijuFan06

2 months ago
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Why did Guiron break in half when the rocket was clearly lodged in his head? I was expecting Guirons head to explode or something because of how Gyaos was killed.
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GojiKaijuFan06

2 months ago
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I can't believe that that the police officer was the only person who believed that child. I mean, you live in Japan. that should be expected.
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スペースゴジラ

3 months ago
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Look out, the flying turtle has a knife!
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AubergineAnguirus

15 months ago
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Cornjob is the best character in the movie, hands down.
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スペースゴジラ

3 months ago
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yep, in fact, we could use some more Corn-jah in movies.
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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

17 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

17 months ago
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That is weird.
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The H-Man

17 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

17 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

17 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

17 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

17 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

17 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

37 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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スペースゴジラ

3 months ago
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I agree, not even Godzilla vs. Hedorah or Dogora are as weird as this.
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Toa Hydros

37 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

49 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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