War of the Monsters, or Daikaijû kettô: Gamera tai Barugon (April 17, 1966)
Released on April 17, 1966: An egg discovered on a South Seas Island is broght back to Kobe, Japan where it hatches and wreaks havoc on Japan until the monster Gamara comes back from outer space to battle the creature with the deadly rainbow and save Japan from destruction.
Produced by Masaichi Nagata
Directed by Shigeo Tanaka
Written by Nisan Takahashi
The Actors: Kojiro Hongo (Keisuke Hirata), Kyoko Enami (Kara), Yuzo Hayakawa (Kawajiri), Takuya Fujioka (Doctor Sato), Koji Fujiyama (Onodera), Akira Natsuki (Ichiro Hirata), Yoshiro Kitahara (Professor Amano), Ichiro Sugai (Doctor Matsushita), Bontaro Miake (Self-Defense Force General), Jutaro Hojo (Self-Defense Force Commander), Kazuko Wakamatsu (Sadae Hirata), Yuka Konno (Onodera's lover), Eiichi Takamura (Governor of Osaka), Kenichi Tani (Lee), Koichi Ito (Metropolitan Police Superintendent-General), Hikaru Hoshi (Awaji Maru Captain), Osamu Abe (Awaji Maru crewman), Yoshihiro Hamaguchi (Awaji Maru crewman), Jun Osanai (unknown), Joe Ohara (Kara's father), Tsutomu Nakata (Hayashi), Yuji Moriya (news announcer), Shinji Kawashima (unknown), Gai Harada (Kishimoto), Kazuo Mori (Awaji Maru crewmember), Yasuo Araki (Awaji Maru crewmember), Shin Minatsu (Awaji Maru crewmember), Takehiko Goto (unknown), Toichiro Kagawa (man at observatory), Kenichiro Yamane (man at observatory), Nobuko Shingu (unknown), Hiroko Nishi (unknown), Michiyo Hikari (unknown), Takashi Masuda (Butodan), Genzo Wakayama (narrator), Yukie Kagawa (girl in village, Kara's friend), Teruo Aragaki (Gamera)
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Gamera vs Barugon
As our monster adventure begins we see a bit of footage from an earlier black and white monster adventure where the great monster Gamera is captured and put in a giant rocket ship bound for the planet Mars. Then we meet our hero and a handful of men who are headed to New Guinea to recover a giant opal jewel that one of the men hid in a cave on the island during the war. One of the men on the expedition is a bad guy . . . Onodera will try to kill the rest of the men and return to Japan as the sole owner of the giant precious jewel. What he doesn't know is that the giant opal is actually the egg of a monster that can kill by emitting a death-ray rainbow. Would it be giving away too much if I thought aloud that it would be great cinema and poetic justice if this fellow would be chewed and swallowed by the monster like a crunchy canapé? . . . O.K., then I won't think about that as I tell you more . . . So this bad guy gets athlete's foot on the way back to Kobe, and the ship's captain gives him an infra-red heat lamp to aim at his feet, which accidentally hits the giant opal/egg, which hatches a tiny monster that falls into the bay at Kobe as the ship sinks in flames. Soon the monster is destroying Kobe with his giant tongue that can freeze anything it aims at . . . c'mon now, no mother-in-law jokes here . . . Anyway, this demon dog monster can also emit a rainbow out of its butt that can also kill anything it touches . . . very cool stuff. This sequel to Gamera the Invincible brings the legendary monster back to the big screen in a small but significant part as the only creature in the universe that can destroy Barugon. This is also one of the only Japanese sci-fi monster flicks that doesn't use little children as the main characters, but instead gives us a beautiful island maiden and a handsome Japanese pilot who eventually fall in love. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Ichirô Sugai and Kyôko Enami Kyôko Enami
Kyôko Enami and Ichirô Sugai
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