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Gamera vs. Gyaos
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Directed by Noriaki Yuasa
Produced by Hidemasa Nagata
Written by Niisan Takahashi
Music by Tadashi Yamauchi
Distributed by Daiei
Running time 86 minutes
Budget ¥60,000,000
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Gamera vs. Gyaos (大怪獣空中戦 ガメラ対ギャオス,   Daikaijū kūchūsen: Gamera tai Gyaosu?, lit. Giant Monster Dogfight: Gamera vs. Gyaos) is a kaiju film made in 1967. It features Gamera and Gyaos.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Express Engineering Corp is building a highway in the forest near Mt. Fuji. Challenged by local villagers, foreman Shiro Tsutsumi and his crew are plagued with protests and sabotage. Nearby, a survey team from the UN is killed when their helicopter is literally cut by a beam emitted from a cave in the mountains. A small boy, Eiichi Kanamura, grandson of the village elder Tatsuemon Kanamura, finds reporter Okabe snooping around. Okabe and Eiichi check out a strange light - which leads them to the cave where Gyaos, a giant bat-like bird-monster, is currently residing.

Running for his life, Okabe ditches Eiichi at the cave - but runs into Gyaos who devours him. Shiro and his crew (who are also checking out the light from the cave) arrive just in time to see an epic battle where Gamera and Gyaos exchange blows (with Eiichi in the middle). During the battle, it is realized that Gyaos can't withstand fire - realizing this Gamera grabs the young boy and gets him to safety. After alerting the public about Gyaos and his abililties, zoologist Dr. Aoki investigate Gyaos's prehistoric origins. The public is put on alert - stay indoors at night - Gyaos is nocturnal. But after another battle with Gamera, Gyaos seems to be the victor (as Gamera tends to his wounds at the bottom of the sea). Even after using light flares to annoy Gyaos, he still annihilates the Japanese Self-Defense Force.

After another battle, Gamera holds Gyaos in the water while the sun rises. But Gyaos, sensing its mortal danger, chooses to sever its own foot in lieu of death and flys off. A plan is put into effect that would draw Gyaos into the sunlight after experiments reveal that the sun causes the severed foot to shrink. The Defense Force constructs a rotating platform with a giant bowl of blood on it. Gyaos, landing on the platform and drinking the blood, will become dizzy and not be able to get off before the sun rises. The plan ultimately fails. It all comes down to a final showdown between Gamera and Gyaos which ends when the sun rises, and Gyaos, weakened, is killed when Gamera throws him into the crater of Mt. Fuji.

Cast[edit | edit source]

  • Kojiro Hongo   as   Foreman Shiro Tsutsumi
  • Reiko Kasahara   as   Sumiko Kanemaru
  • Taro Marui   as   Maito-no-Kuma
  • Takashi Nakamura   as   Chunichi News reporter
  • Yukitaro Hotaru   as   Hachi
  • Naoyuki Abe   as   Eiichi Kanemaru
  • Kenji Oyama   as   Prefectural Police chief
  • Koichi Ito   as   Highway Development Corporation director
  • Shin Minatsu   as   Cameraman
  • Yuji Moriya   as   Announcer
  • Osamu Maruyama   as   Earthquake Research Institute Director
  • Shun Tsuda   as   Reporter
  • Kisao Tobita   as   Policeman
  • Teppei Endo   as   Highway Development Corporation local section manager
  • Joe O'Hara   as   Highland Hotel manager
  • Gai Harada   as   Forestry engineer
  • Fujio Murakami   as   Dr. Murakami
  • Teruo Aragaki   as   Gamera
  • Yoshio Kitahara   as   Dr. Aoki
  • Sho Natsuki   as   Self-Defense Force General
  • Kichjiro Ueda   as   Tatsuemon Kanemaru
  • Jutaro Hojo   as   Rancher

Crew[edit | edit source]

  • Directed by   Noriaki Yuasa
  • Written by   Nisan Takahashi
  • Produced by   Hidemasa Nagata
  • Executive producing by   Masaichi Nagata
  • Music by   Tadashi Yamauchi
  • Cinematography by   Akira Uehara
  • Edited by   Tatsuji Nakashizu
  • Special effects by   Kazufumi Fujii, Yuzo Kaneko

Production[edit | edit source]

Gamera vs. Gyaos was planned immediately after the release of Gamera vs. Barugon and it was decided that the third film would be targeted towards children. Director Noriaki Yuasa approached the film like a children's book, after feeling that children became bored during the human scenes of the previous films. Daiei's dubbing studio was used as a laboratory set in the film's opening, with a few set pieces attached. A real office in Akasaka, Tokyo was used for the road construction board meeting after Yuasa asked the son of the company's president (working for Daiei at the time) to arrange the location.

Videos[edit | edit source]

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Japanese Gamera vs. Gyaos trailer


Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This is the first movie that Gyaos enters the Gamera Series.
Kadokawa Pictures (formerly Daiei Motion Picture Company)
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