OOM #17 – Gamera tai Daimaju Jaiga (1970)

The penultimate Gamera film of this week! I’m already looking forward to the next batch of films that I’ll be watching each day! Today is the turn of ‘Gamera vs. Jiger’ (1970), which review by James Rolfe can be seen here, while my review can be read right now, down below.

Gamera is tired. I’m tired really. I love the kaiju genre, but when it gets tiring and tired with itself, it turns into some sort of ordeal that you want to go through as fast as you can to avoid the problems and trouble that it would have in the future for your well-being. This movie has some moments that you truly wish that you hadn’t seen, and by being online a few hours searching around about this particular movie in the series, it seems to be a consensus that maybe the worst imagery possible was put in this film of the series, and that is the operation on the trunk of an elephant. It’s one of the most disgusting and just horrific sequences ever put to film, and it’s in a film marketed towards children, what’s the value in that? Why is that shot in the film? Is it real? Is it from a documentary? Was it stock footage? WHY? Can someone explain why this movie had to have one of the most excruciating images in the history of film, and supposedly, a real image of worms coming out of the trunk of an elephant.

Besides that horrific encounter, the film itself is largely forgettable except for a couple of sequences. The film is about how they find a new kind of statue from a supposedly aborigen culture, that when its lifted for it to be shown at the Japan World Fair, but oh silly humans, Gamera was actually trying to avoid them from even getting close to that monolith, because he knew what lied beneath: JIGER! The most normal monster that Gamera has ever fought, and maybe it’s because it actually has a meaningful origin, the monolith was protecting the human kind from the monster to appear and then shred the world to pieces, and maybe he was buried because he was a dinosaur (that’s what it looks like, a triceratops of sorts with big teeth and a strange needle-tail). The film is kinda forgettable even from a production design stand point, we don’t have any spaceships, and even the monolith is pretty generic. The only interesting event here is when the two protagonist kids go inside Gamera to defeat the spawn of Jiger that is incubating there, but besides that it’s a generic monster romp that can only achieve the pleasures that any other kaiju film has to offer from its classic repertoire of scenes: big fight sequences, scientists arguing about the utility of the devices they create, and a large etcetera. A shame, let’s see what the next installment has to offer.



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