Watching the first half of GAMERA VS. BARUGON was like a nostalgic trip back to the days when adventure movies were crafted from matte paintings, "exotic" studio locales and practical effects, and CGI was an unknown acronym. Once Barugon is set loose on Kyoto and the orgy of damage begins, the movie delivers diminishing returns. The monster is so goofy looking, with its 30 foot long, ice shooting tongue, and the destruction so repetitive (including the increasingly annoying "shriek" sound effect) , that even Gamera's re appearance to take care of the monstrous rival doesn't generate much interest.
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Now, I know there are aficionados who love these kaiju movies and appreciate the subtleties of the form. For me, I was having a lot more fun before the marauding monsters took over.
of World War II. Winding up in a native village (populated by Japanese "natives," including a beautiful girl named love this Karen) the guys ignore the chief's warnings and take off into the jungle, headed for the dreaded "Valley of Rainbows" to retrieve the rare jewel. Facing quicksand, bats, deadly scorpions and a double crossing member of the team, they recover the opal. But as the greedy bad guy makes off with it, we eventually discover it's not really an opal, but an egg holding the malevolent, giant frost shooting lizard, Barugon. Back in civilization, a little infrared radiation is all it takes to set the Nike Thea Womens Tan gargantuan, reptilian Mr. Freeze on its inevitable path of destruction.
world of kaiju (Japanese giant monster) movies, Gamera burst onto the scene in 1965's GAMERA, the first kaiju produced by Daiei Studios. Daiei created Gamera the monster and the film series in a bid to rival the popular GODZILLA series, begun in the 1950's by Toho Studios. The second film in the series, GAMERA VS. BARUGON, marked the giant, flying turtle's first appearance in color and was graced with a much more generous budget than the initial adventure. It's also the second Gamera DVD release from Shout Factory, which obtained the home video rights to the series.
monsters' generation almost always involves some kind of radiation exposure), the silliness factor prevailed. While GAMERA VS. BARUGON lands right in that same wheelhouse, there is also something more interesting going on in this film.
After a relatively cool opening in which Gamera escapes from the Z Plan space capsule that's encased him (her?) since the end of the first film, destroying a dam to ingest life giving energy, the first part of the movie is actually a fun, 60's era, boys adventure flick. Using set pieces and plot devices that have been movie staples from TARZAN to INDIANA JONES, the story involves three guys who venture to a South Seas island to retrieve a valuable opal, hidden in a cave by the older brother of the young "hero" when he was taken prisoner at the end Nike Air Max 2015 Blue Lagoon
Aside from childhood TV viewings of Godzilla movies, as well as Toho's MOTHRA (loved those tiny, singing twin girls), I never paid a great deal of attention to the genre. Endlessly parodied for their guy in a suit monsters destroying detailed, miniature Japanese cities while the films' actors react in disconnected shots, kaiju movies were difficult to invest in, even as a kid. While appreciating the artistry that went into the miniatures and enjoying the various permutations of destruction, the monsters in these movies were always so cheesy and fake, that after a quick laugh, it was hard to stay too engaged. Even after realizing the movies are a metaphor for the horrific devastation the Japanese endured in the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb attacks (the Nike Air Max Tavas Blue Black
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