Gamera vs Guiron (1969) The 5th Gamera film features two boys who find an empty spaceship, board it, and go for a joyride in space, where they have a fun interaction with Gamrea, who had just happened to flying around, presumably on Earth-Saving Patrol. A remote control kicks in and the kids are whisked off to a twin Earth that has been hiding on the other side of the sun. Gamera follows, but the spaceship was too fast. On the planet they meet two women who claim to be the last remaining survivors, and who also control an underground dwelling monster called Guiron, who has a knife for a head and uses it as a clever to make minced meat out of Gyaos, which looks like trouble for Gamera, who had a rather difficult time disposing of Gyaos, two films earlier. Turns out the women drug the boys and attempt to eat their brains and steal their spaceship. Hurry, Gamera, hurry! This is the second film to feature the two lead boys to be one each of Japanese and American, as these films were going over well in both countries. In the U.S. it was released to television as “Attack of the Monsters.” It also brings back the “Gamera March.” The Japanese kid mentions several times, including during the final scene that he dreams of “a world without war and traffic accidents.” Don’t we all?
Gamera vs Jiger (1970) The 6th entry in the Gamera series, this one was released to American television as Gamera vs Monster X. For the 1970 World Fair in Osaka, Japan, an ancient statue is moved by helicopter to a new location. Gamera protests and gets attacked by the military for his actions. Could Gamera have turned against humanity? Of course not. The statue was keeping a vicious monster at bay for centuries, and now it’s been released. Someone should have asked the kids, they knew Gamera wouldn’t have hassled the humans for no reason. Jiger resembles a triceratops, but he shoots darts from his horn, and its egg from a spike in its tail. He injects it into Gamera, and the parasitic organism drains Gamera’s blood from the inside, turning him white and comatose! The two hero children (one Japanese and one American, for the third film in a row) pilot a tiny submarine into Gamera’s mouth to battle the intruder, a la Raquel Welch in Fantastic Voyage! The baby Jiger is a tiny version of its mother, and the boys manage to kill it with a portable telephone. Now with the parasite out of the Gamera, the big turtle regains his strength and sets out for Jiger, who is bent on destroying the fairgrounds. I still can’t get enough of the “Gamera March”.