• War of the Monsters (Gamera vs. Barugon) - 1966


The second Gamera film, “War of the Monsters” (Gamera vs. Barugon), pits the giant turtle, who was thought to be defeated against a monstrous lizard foe called Barugon.  The film was released in 1966 and starts off showing how Gamera manages to survive his defeat from the first film (I won’t give anything away in case you haven’t watched the first one yet).  Gamera then returns to Japan.  At the same time, a group of thieves travel to an island in the south pacific.  The chain of events that transpire from there leads to the unleashing of a giant lizard monster, Barugon.  Barugon possesses several abilities, such as a freezing tongue spray and a rainbow ray he shoots from his back.  He wastes no time in using them to destroy the city of Osaka, Japan.  Gamera is attracted to this action and from here on battles ensue between Barugon, Gamera, and the military.  The film features the “suitmation” that is standard many Japanese giant monster films along with miniature city sets and military vehicles.  The film is full of action between the three opposing forces and is sure to keep you entertained.


Kojiro Hongo
Kyoko Enami