Gamera vs Viras (Japanese Version) (1968)


aka's: Gamera Tai Uchu Kaijû Bairasu/Destroy All Planets/ Gamera vs. Outer Space Monster Viras/

Gamera the Flying Turtle falls under the control of evil aliens, but two children are able to free him so he can destroy the alien ship and to fight the aliens' giant monster squid, Viras. Stars Kojiro Hongo, Tôru Takatsuka and Kurl Crane. This is the Japanese language version of Destroy All Planets (also available here at Rare Movie Collector). (In Japanese language, with English subtitles).

The character of boy scout Jim Morgan in this film was then 11-year old Carl Craig's (aka Kurl Crane) only acting job. But even though he had no ambition to become an actor, he nevertheless became a celebrity to friends and fellow children in Japan. He later became a U.S. Air Force pilot (which he had always dreamed of becoming) and later a U.S. Customs Service pilot. He was also an advisor on the staff of then U.S. President George Bush. But Carl still fondly remembers his one acting role to this day and is kind enough to share his memories of the film with his many fans at Japanese monster (kaiju eiga) conventions.

This film comes from a rare widescreen import print, which is of far superior picture quality to the U.S. version.


Gamera vs. Viras (Japanese Version) aka’s: Gamera Tai Uchu Kaijû Bairasu/Destroy All Planets/Gamera vs. Outer Space Monster Viras/ Gamera vs. Viras/ガメラ対宇宙怪獣バイラス


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