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Daikyojû Gappa

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USA / Japan  •    •  90m  •    •  Directed by: Hiroshi Noguchi.  •  Starring: Tamio Kawaji, Yôko Yamamoto, Yuji Kodaka, Kôji Wada, Tatsuya Fuji, Keisuke Inoue, Zenji Yamada, Bumon Koto, Kôtarô Sugie, Saburô Hiromatsu, Binnosuke Nagao, Masaru Kamiyama, Kokan Katsura.  •  Music by: Seitarô Ômori.
        An expedition in the South Pacific lands on a tropical island where the natives worship the mysterious deity Gappa. An earthquake opens up an underground cavern and a baby reptile is discovered inside. The natives warn the foreigners to leave the hatching alone, but they don't listen and take it back to a zoo in Japan. Soon after, moma and papa Gappa start smashing Tokyo looking for their kidnapped child.

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Image from: Daikyojû Gappa (1967)
Image from: Daikyojû Gappa (1967)
Image from: Daikyojû Gappa (1967)
Image from: Daikyojû Gappa (1967)
Image from: Daikyojû Gappa (1967)
Image from: Daikyojû Gappa (1967)
Image from: Daikyojû Gappa (1967)
Image from: Daikyojû Gappa (1967)
Image from: Daikyojû Gappa (1967)
Remember GORGO, that middling and often boring British 1960 giant monster movie in which scientists capture a baby monster and have to contend with the creature's rampaging parent? Well, this low-budget and often shoddy Japanese monster epic (for once NOT from Toho, but from a cheapie rival instead) is an unofficial remake of that movie, although for what reason I'm not sure, as it doesn't really improve things anymore. Instead what we have is a totally generic monster film with a predictable plot, stock and dull characters, and predictable action. On the plus side it has a fast pacing to it and lots of special effects, most of which are cheesy. This is a film to watch if you're in desperate need of a good laugh.

We begin as our team of intrepid explorers (including the man with the most annoyingly dubbed voice in the world) explore a remote island and are bombarded by earthquakes, achieved by the shaking of the camera in an extremely irritating manner. The natives are restless, running around shouting "Gappa is angry" and are amusingly Japanese folk in blackface. The first "Gappa" is discovered, a hilariously misshapen monster which looks like a turkey crossed with a lizard and dropped off a cliff. Soon enough he's carted off back to Japan and experimented upon, and gets to wear a funny red helmet for his efforts.

Meanwhile, the parent Gappa aren't too pleased with the kidnapping of their son, so fly to Japan to rescue him. The 'rescue attempt' consists of destroying lots of cheap model buildings in their quest for revenge. They also have the ability to fly, with wings which make them look like they're wearing capes. These costumes are some of the worst you will ever see, so bad that I actually felt sorry for the guys who were wearing them. A fight ensues with the military, or in reality lots of little miniature toy tanks which are quickly destroyed. The monsters also fight some model aircraft and breath a heatwave on them, before retreating into a lake, beaten for the time being.

It's not long before those pesky scientists are bombarding the lake with sound waves, causing the creatures to fly out and cause yet more model destruction. Watch out for some really bad back projection effects here, folks. Also, the cheesiest, most obvious, superimposed tidal wave effect you're likely to witness in a movie. I would guess that the only people who ever have a chance of seeing this movie are those who know what they're letting themselves in for, so there's no real need for me to tell you how poorly put-together this film is, or how awful the special effects are. But, as I said before, it passes the time and is a pretty amusing entry in the Japanese kaiju series.


Review by Leofwine_draca from the Internet Movie Database.