Gamera vs. Zigra (1971)

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Gamera vs. Zigra
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Flagicon Japan.png Gamera vs. Deep-Sea Monster Zigra (1971)

Directed by Noriaki Yuasa
Producer(s) Hidemasa Nagata
Written by Nisan Takahashi
Music by Shunsuke Kikuchi
Distributor Dainichi Film Distribution Co., LtdJP
King Features SyndicationUS
Budget ¥35,000,000[1]
Running time 88 minutesJP
(1 hour, 28 minutes)
89 minutesUS
(1 hour, 29 minutes)
Aspect ratio 2.35:1
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Gamera vs. Zigra (ガメラ対深海怪獣ジグラ,   Gamera tai Shinkai Kaijū Jigura, lit. Gamera vs. Deep-Sea Monster Zigra) is a 1971 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Daiei Motion Picture Company and is the seventh entry in the Gamera series. Gamera vs. Zigra was released to Japanese theaters on July 17, 1971. It was released in the United States in 1985 by Sandy Frank through King Features Syndication.


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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 Uehara
  • Edited by   Zenko Miyazaki
  • Production design by   Akira Inoue
  • Assistant directing by   Masami Akise
  • Special effects by   Kazuo Fujii


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

  • Eiko Yanami   as   Woman X / Chikako Sugawara
  • Reiko Kasahara   as   Kiyoko Ishikawa
  • Mikiko Tsubouchi   as   Mrs. Ishikawa
  • Koji Fujiyama   as   Dr. Tom Wallace
  • Isamu Saeki   as   Dr. Yosuke Ishikawa
  • Shin Minatsu   as   Kamogawa Sea World Staff
  • Arlene Zoellner   as   Margie Wallace
  • Gloria Zoellner   as   Helen Wallace
  • Yasushi Sakagami   as   Kenichi Ishikawa
  • Keiichi Noda   as   Zigra (voice)



Weapons, vehicles and races


Main article: Gamera vs. Zigra/Gallery.


Main article: Gamera vs. Zigra (Soundtrack).

Theatrical releases

Video releases

Shout! Factory DVD (2010)

  • Region: 1
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (1.0 Mono), English (1.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Special features: Photo galleries
  • Notes: Both versions of the film use the same Japanese video track. Packaged with Gamera: Super Monster.

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

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

Arrow Video Blu-ray (2020/2021) [Gamera: The Complete Collection and Gamera - The Showa Era]

  • Region: A and B
  • Discs: 8 (The Complete Collection] or 4 (The Showa Era)
  • Audio: Japanese and English (DTS-HD Master Audio Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Special features: Audio commentary by Sean Rhoads and Brooke McCorkle, introduction by August Ragone (8 minutes), opening and end credits from the Sandy Frank version of the film (3 minutes), Japanese theatrical trailer, American video promo, and an image gallery. Gamera: The Complete Collection includes 12 art cards by Matt Frank, a map of Gamera's appearances throughout the world, and two books; the first collects A History of Gamera by Patrick Macias, a 1996 Noriaki Yuasa interview by David Milner, kaiju x-ray illustrations by Jolyan Yates, three Fangoria articles on the Heisei Gamera trilogy by Norman England, a guide to the English dubs of the Gamera series by James Flower, and information on the transfers presented in the set, while the second reprints the comics Gamera: The Guardian of the Universe and The Last Hope.
  • Notes: Gamera: The Complete Collection is out of print, while Gamera - The Showa Era will be released on January 25, 2021. Packaged with the other 11 Gamera films in The Complete Colection and the other 7 Showa Gamera films in The Showa Era. Due to the large number of special features in these sets, only the supplements pertinent to Gamera vs. Zigra are described above.


Japanese Gamera vs. Zigra trailer
Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode K07 - Gamera vs. Zigra
Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode 316 - Gamera vs. Zigra


Dainichi Eihai Co. Ltd logo
  • Gamera vs. Zigra was released by Dainichi Film Distribution Co., Ltd (DN ダイニチ映配株式会社,   Dainichi Eihai Kabushiki-Gaisha), which was the result of Daiei and Nikkatsu Corporation merging to share distribution costs.
  • Gamera vs. Zigra was released theatrically in Japan as part of a triple feature with re-releases of the 1958 film Suzunosuke Akado: The Three-Eyed Birdman (赤胴鈴之助 三つ目の鳥人,   Akado Suzunosuke Mittsume no Chōjin) and the 1969 film Yokai Monsters: Along with Ghosts, the third film in the Yokai Monsters trilogy.
  • Noriaki Yuasa proposed another Gamera film for the following year, Gamera vs. Two-Headed Monster W, but the company's bankruptcy ended the series until 1980.
    • After this film's release and the announcement that Daiei had gone bankrupt, a riot broke out at the studio, causing a fire that destroyed all of the studio equipment used for the Gamera films.
  • The English dub of Gamera vs. Zigra, as 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.
  • Gamera vs. Zigra was released in theaters exactly a week before Godzilla vs. Hedorah, another kaiju film dealing with pollution and its effects on sea life.
  • Gamera vs. Zigra was filmed on location at Kamagowa Sea World and around Kamagowa City. The special effects scenes were also filmed on a small set of the area around Sea World, with none of the miniatures destroyed.


This is a list of references for Gamera vs. Zigra. 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.


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2 months ago
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i kid you not this was the film that made they bankrupt

The H-Man

2 months ago
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Not true. Daiei was mismanaged for years. This was one of the last films Daiei made before bankruptcy but it was not the film which put them under.


2 months ago
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Which was did then?

The H-Man

2 months ago
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Which one? As I said, they were mismanaged for years. I doubt any single film caused the bankruptcy.


2 months ago
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Okay. Thanks.

The H-Man

2 months ago
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I can't find much in English about Masaichi Nagata, who was the president of Daiei and who was apparently largely responsible for the studio's collapse. That's the guy to research if you'd like to know more about Daiei, though. He was a talented producer but apparently couldn't control the studio's expenses. And of course, this was exacerbated by the decline of theater attendance in the late '60s and early '70s.


2 months ago
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My favorite instrument? The Zigra...


3 months ago
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"Stop your futile resistance. I have lost my spaceship due to Gamera's attack. Therefore I can not return to the Planet Zigra. Moreover, your water pressure is different from my planet. It has made me abnormally large. In retaliation, I shall destroy all the people on Earth. Then I shall take possession of all your beautiful oceans. You are an ugly lifeform, unfit to be allowed to use your oceans freely. I am a beautiful lifeform, and should have the right to rule over these oceans. My accomplice here on Earth has begun the work of wiping you all out."

This scene had me in a laughing fit when I watched the movie again recently on the new Arrow Gamera set. In what other movie will you see a giant talking shark declaring to humanity that it intends to take over the oceans just because they made it grow big. The way Zigra phrases it by calling us ugly and himself beautiful is also so petty lmao, I love it so much. One of my favourite scenes in the entire Gamera franchise.


4 months ago
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Was the budget so low that they couldn't afford to show an earthquake scene?


16 months ago
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Cha cha real smooth


19 months ago
Score 1
Needs soundtrack.


50 months ago
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The last "real" Showa Gamera film.
Kadokawa Pictures (formerly Daiei Motion Picture Company)
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