Gamera vs. Viras (1968)

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Gamera Films
Gamera vs. Gyaos
Gamera vs. Viras
Gamera vs. Guiron
Gamera vs. Viras
The Japanese poster for Gamera vs. Viras
Alternate titles
Flagicon Japan.png Gamera vs. Space Monster Viras (1968)
Flagicon United States.png Destroy All Planets (1969)
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Directed by Noriaki Yuasa
Producer(s) Hidemasa Nagata
Written by Nisan Takahashi
Music by Kenjiro Hirose
Distributor Daiei Motion Picture Company, Ltd.JP
American International Television[1]US
Rating Not Rated
Budget ¥24,000,000[2]
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 vs. 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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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   Viran C
  • Koji Fujiyama   as   Self-Defense Force Commander
  • Chikara Hashimoto   as   Viran A
  • Carl Craig   as   Jim Crane
  • Toru Takatsuka   as   Masao Nakaya
  • Kenji Go   as   Viran B
  • Munehiko Takada   as   Jim's Father
  • Peter Williams   as   Dr. Dobie
  • Ken Nakahara   as   Viran D
  • Kenichiro Yamane   as   Viran E
  • Mary Morris   as   Mrs. Crane
  • Himawari and Kojika Acting Troupes
  • Genzo Wakayama   as   Viras (voice)
  • 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 (alternate romanization)
  • Gamela vs. Bairus (alternate romanization)
  • Gamera versus Space Monster Bairas (English Japanese title)
  • Destroy All Planets (United States)

Theatrical releases

  • Japan - March 20, 1968
  • Italy - 1969; 1977

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 1970, Gamera vs. Viras was made available for syndication 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 previous year. The English dubbing was recorded at Titan Productions, Inc., under the direction of voice actor Bret Morrison.[1] Destroy All Planets is based on a cut of the film produced by Daiei for international distribution, for which the Virasians' videotron examination of Gamera's memories was extended by more than eighteen minutes.[note 1] Along with Gamera vs. Jiger and Gamera: Super Monster, Gamera vs. Viras was one of three Gamera movies not licensed by Sandy Frank Film Syndication in the 1980s.[3]

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. The Destroy All Planets version of the film has 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)
  • Special Features: Gallery of publicity materials
  • Notes: Both versions of the film use the same Japanese video track. Packaged with Gamera vs. Gyaos.

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

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

  • Region: N/A
  • Discs: 2
  • Audio: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Special Features: None
  • Notes: Packaged with Gamera: The Giant Monster, Gamera vs. Barugon, and Gamera vs. Gyaos.

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

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

Notes

  1. When the film was released in Japan, this sequence used approximately two minutes of stock footage from Gamera and Gamera vs. Gyaos. In Daiei's international cut and Destroy All Planets, however, the videotron sequence was lengthened by adding footage from Gamera vs. Barugon and more footage from Gamera vs. Gyaos. No footage from Gamera was added. Additionally, there exists a version of Gamera vs. Viras that runs 81 minutes. Noriaki Yuasa reportedly supervised the editing of the videotron montage in this version.

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. 1.0 1.1 Craig, Rob. American International Pictures: A Comprehensive Filmography. McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. pp. 120, 121. 2019. ISBN: 9781476666310.
  2. Stuart Galbraith IV. Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo!. Feral House. p. 74. 1998. ISBN: 0-922915-47-4.
  3. Stuart Galbraith IV. Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo!. Feral House. pp. 142, 146. 1998. ISBN: 0-922915-47-4.

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GojiKaijuFan06

15 days ago
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You wanted Destroy All Monsters? WELL TO BAD!!! YOUR GETTING THIS INSTEAD!!!
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VaderRaptor

one month ago
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It's on YouTube TV now.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

one month ago
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What's the link? I know there are a few different uploads of it on the site, since Kadokawa is so bad at Content ID.
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Godzilla Master

4 months ago
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I watched Brandon's cult movie review Gamera-A-Thon.
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Toa Hydros

35 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

47 months ago
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Viras is a weird looking monster and watching him fight Gamera is fun.
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Godzilla Master

4 months ago
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But your Gamera?????
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