Gamera Vs. Jiger (Popular Title) Gamera tai Daimaju Jaiga (1970)
Year of Release: 1970
Japanese Title: Gamera tai Daimaju Jaiga
Also released as: Gamera vs. the Demon Beast Jiger (Literal English translation)
Gamera vs. Jiger (1970)
Gamera vs. Giger (1970) (International: English title)
Gamera vs. Monster X (1970) (USA)
Monsters Invade Expo '70 (1970)
War of the Monsters (1970)
Credits: Directed by
Noriaki Yuasa


Writing credits
Nisan Takahashi

Cast
Tsutomu Takakuwa
Kelly Varis
Katherine Murphy
Kon Omura
Ryō Hayami
Junko Yashiro

Score
Kenjiro Hirose (Gamera song only)
Shunsuke Kikuchi

Cinematography
Akira Kitazaki

Production Design
Akira Inoue (III)

Special Effecta
Kazufumi Fujii

Directed by:
Noriaki Yuasa
Sandy Howard (US Version)

Writing credits:
Nisan Takahashi
Richard Kraft (US Version)

In preparation for a World's Fair type exhibition in Japan, a huge stone idol is wretched from its Earth's root on Wester island to be displayed in at the Expo Center. But Gamera attempts to stop them. Bewidlered at Gamera's actions, the expedition forces its way out of his grasp and continues to Japan. As the idol reaches Japan, the Devil monster Jiger is unleashed! Between the JSDF's feeble attempts to stop the creature and Gamera's near defeat, the two lead children, Hiroshi and Tommy pilot a small-submarine into Gamera, and find the reason Jiger's attack on the Friend of all children suceeded. Jiger's dart was actually an implant for an infant Jiger. It is discovered that the stone idol was serving as the key to Jiger's earthen prison. Gamera grabs the idol and uses its high-pitched whine to drive Jiger mad. Jiger rushes after Gamera and the giant stone is driven through Jiger's skull. No longer in danger from Jiger, the whistle and the monster are taken back to Wester Island.
This is fun film. The whole World Expo is reminiscent of the World's Fair that I went to in Nashville, Tennessee when I was in grade school. I think the film is actually kind of smart - it did a good job of establishing the danger early on and had lots of monster action as well as an inventive story line. The children are the typical adventurous lot, but the Fantastic Voyage like entry of Gamera was really one of the best parts of the movie. I find it amusing that the adults are always too mired in details to notice children going off and doing stuff like....taking a mini-sub into Gamera!! Overall, I'd rate this film highly in the Showa series.
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