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Film
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Directed by                   Produced by
Haruyasu Noguchi Hideo Koi
Written by                       Music by  
Ryuzo Nakanishi
Gan Yamazaki
Seitarô Ômori
Distributed by                       Rating      
NikkatsuJP
AIP-TVUS
Not Rated
  Budget                           Box Office
¥???,???,??? ¥???,???,???
Running Time
90 minutesJP
(1 hour, 30 minutes)
Designs Used
ShodaiOberisukuAirandoTori, ShodaiBebiiGappa, ShodaiGappa

Gappa (大巨獣ガッパ,   Daikyojū Gappa?, lit. Gappa, The Colossal Beast) is a 1967 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Nikkatsu Corporation. The film was released to Japanese theaters on April 22, 1967.


Plot

An expedition from Tokyo heads to Obelisk Island, which the greedy Mr. Funazu, president of "Playmate Magazine", wants to turn into a resort. The natives of Obelisk welcome the expedition, but two members, Hiroshi and Itoko, venture into a forbidden area despite the pleas of a native boy named Saki. They enter a cavern blocked by a fallen statue and find a giant egg, out of which hatches a baby monster, referred to as a "Gappa". The natives plead with the skeptical scientists not to take the baby away, lest it anger the baby's parents. Sure enough, they take the baby away, and soon, inside the caverns, its two parents rise from the underground waters beneath the volcano, destroying everything in their path. Saki, the only survivor, is rescued by an American navy fleet and brought back to Japan.

Meanwhile, back in Japan, the baby monster is making world headlines, not to mention being experimented on by scientists. To the shock of the expedition members there is news of two giant flying creatures appearing over Sagami Bay. The Gappa parents ravage cities looking for their offspring, and are impervious to military weapons. Hiroshi, Itoko and Professor Tonooka (a scientist from the expedition) realize that the "Gappas" aren't a legend after all. They, and Saki, try to convince the headstrong Mr. Funazu to let go of the baby and return it to its parents. Will they convince him before the Gappas destroy Japan and perhaps the world?

Staff

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   Haruyasu Noguchi
  • Written by   Ryuzo Nakanishi and Gan Yamazaki
  • Produced by   Hideo Koi
  • Music by   Seitarô Ômori
  • Cinematography by   Muneo Ueda
  • Edited by   Masanori Tsujii
  • Assistant Directing by   Masaru Konuma
  • Special Effects by   Akira Watanabe, Yoshiyuki Nakamura, Kenji Kaneda, and Isamu Kakita

Cast

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Tamio Kawaji   as   Hiroshi Kurosaki
  • Yôko Yamamoto   as   Itoko Koyanagi
  • Yuji Okada   as   Daize Tonooka
  • Kôji Wada   as   Mashida
  • Tatsuya Fuji   as   George Inoue
  • Keisuke Inoue   as   President Funazu
  • Zenji Yamada   as   Captain of the Kamome-maru
  • Bumon Koto   as   Chieftain
  • Kôtarô Sugie   as   Reporter #1 (as Hiroshi Sugie)
  • Saburô Hiromatsu   as   Hosoda
  • Binnosuke Nagao   as   Commander Riku
  • Masaru Kamiyama   as   The Professor
  • Kokan Katsura   as   Saburo Hayashi
  • Shirô Oshimi   as   Oyama
  • Yoko Oyagi   as   Aihara
  • Sanpei Mine   as   Islander #1
  • Takashi Koshiba   as   Reporter #2
  • Kensuke Tamai   as   Islander #2
  • Minoru Sato   as   Reporter #3
  • Kiyoshi Matsuoka   as   Islander #3 (as Seiji Matsuoka)
  • Hiroshi Itoh   as   Reporter #4
  • Mike Danine   as   Petty Officer
  • Ruich Fidancer   as   Captain of the Sea Angels
  • Paul Scheman   as   Professor

Appearances

Monsters

Weapons, Vehicles, and Races

Development

Main articles: Reigon: Devil of the Seabed, Gigant, Arkitius, Momonra.

Gappa was the fifth and final kaiju film project idea that Nikkatsu had come up with, after Giant Monster Gigant, Giant Squid Monster Arkitius, Giant Monster Momonra, and Reigon: Devil of the Seabed. Planning for all the unmade films was done by Hideo Kodama.[1]

Gallery

Main article: Gappa (1967 film)/Gallery.

Soundtrack

Main article: Gappa (1967 film soundtrack).

Alternate Titles

  • Gappa, The Colossal Beast (Daikyojū Gappa; Japan)
  • Monster from a Prehistoric Planet (United States)
  • Gappa, the Triphibian Monsters (United States video title)
  • The Monster That Threatens the World (El Monstruo Que Amenaza el Mundo; Spain)
  • Gappa, the Descendant of Godzilla (Gappa, le Descendant de Godzilla; France)
  • Gappa, the Monster of the Sea (Γάππα, το τέρας της θάλασσας; Greece)
  • The Triphibian Monster (Ang Triphibian Halimaw; Philippines)
  • Gappa - Frankenstein's flying Monster (Gappa - Frankensteins fliegende Monster; West Germany)

Video Releases

Kaiju (2000)[2]

  • Released: March 7, 2000
  • Language: English
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Other Details: 90 minutes run time, 1 tape, American version

Tokyo Shock (2000)[3]

  • Released: December 9, 2000
  • Region: Region 1
  • Language: English
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Other Details: 1.33:1 aspect ratio, 90 minutes run time, 1 disc, American version

Alpha Video (2003)[4]

  • Released: July 22, 2003
  • Region: Region 1
  • Language: English
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Other Details: 1.33:1 aspect ratio, 90 minutes run time, 1 disc, American version

Videos

Trailers

References

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