Gamera Vs. Zigra (Popular Title) Gamera tai Shinkai kaijū Jigura (1971)
Year of Release: 1971
Japanese Title: Gamera tai Shinkai kaijū Jigura
Also released as: Gamera vs. the Deep Sea Monster Zigra (Literal English translation)
Gamera vs. Zigra (1971)
Credits: Directed by
Noriaki Yuasa


Writing credits
Nisan Takahashi


Cast
Koji Fujiyama
Reiko Kasahara
Keiichi Noda (voice)
Isamu Saeki
Yasushi Sakagami
Mikiko Tsubouchi
Arlene Zoellner
Gloria Zoellner

Producers
Yoshihiko Manabe
Sandy Frank (US version)

Score
Kenjiro Hirose (Gamera song only)
Shunsuke Kikuchi

Cinematography
Akira Uehara

Production Design
Akira Inoue (III)

Special Effects
Kazufumi Fujii
Without warning, Zigra -an alien being- attacks a moon base. Soon after (back on Earth), Kenny and his friend Helen, along with their fathers see a strange spaceship (Zigra's) descending into the ocean. Investigating, they are soon captured and instructed to tell the world of Zigra's great acheivments in science. The Zigra "space woman" creates a gigantic Earthquake ("magnitude 18 no less") and they learn of Zigra's past history, advancing in science and destroying their planet. Searching out a new home, Zigra found Earth and orders the Earth Creature to surrender the Earth! While speaking with Earth, Tom declares the the Zigra woman is crazy. In anger, she puts the men in a hypnotic state. Kenny and Helen take action, successfully using the ships console to escape. Enraged, Zigra orders their death. He sends the woman to kill the children.

After a close call on the surface of the water, Gamera saves the children and their fathers from Zigra. After questioning the children, the UN decides to attack Zigra. The jets scramble.and Zigra makes short work of them with his laser beam. The Zigra woman, disguised as a babe (she stole some unlucky gal's bathing suit), searches for Kenny and Helen. She hitches a ride with the Sea World dolphin trainer back to the facility. She changes into another stolen out fit and proceeds to wander the facililty which is now crawling with military. She overhears the exasperation of the UN's fruitless efforts to defeat Zigra. While chasing the children, some photographers identify trhe Zigran woman as Lora Lee. After ditching the Zigran woman, the children call for Gamera. Gamera begins an underwater assault on the Zigra spaceship, hich retaliates until transforming into a shark-like monster. The battle continues until Gamera beaches Zigra, who then retaliates sending Gamera into the sea for recuperation. Zigra threatens again, claiming to be all-powerful.

Back at Marine World, the dolphin trainer and the scientists divulge a way to break the control with "sonic waves." They use this iformation to diable the Zigra woman. Lora Lee, it is discovered was broght aboard Zigra's ship when he attacked the moon base. The scientists go to look for Gamera, hoping to work with him to defeat Zigra. But as the bathoscope is trying to revive Gamera, Zigra attacks them - again demanding the immediate surrender of the Earth.

An electrical storm appears above the bay and a bolt of lightning somehow revives Gamera and he snatches the bathoscope and returns it to the surface while Zigra is sleeping. Gamera returns to the seae to face off against Zigra for the final battle.

"All you people of the Earth!!" I enjoy this film. Its a little silly here and there, but the effects and the story are pretty good. Here's something odd about this film...when Zigra orders his hench-WO-man to kill the children, he says that it is because they "know too much." But if they learned all they needed to know when the Zigra woman was broadcasting to the Earth, why wouldn't the whole world already know Zigra's plan? Here's a popular new joke for tha bars...."How do you break Zigra mind control??" Just shout, "Aaaah! Aah!!" into a walkie-talkie. If anyone is looking for this, Gamera vs. Zigra IS the film where Gamera plays his theme song on the back of his opponent (like a xylophone) and then breaks into a dance! Sure this film has a lot of hokey moments, but by this film, its almost what you expect from a Gamera film - a light hearted romp chronicling the near defeat of Gamera and the human race. In conclusion, I'd like to say, "How did I get here? I was just on the moon!"
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