On Gamera vs. Barugon:
This film was the BIG Gamera movie. Daikaiju Gamera was an experiment of sorts, with Daiei testing the waters to see if they could compete with Toho in the area of giant monster films. After it became a success, Daiei green-lit a big-budget sequel, which debuted in theaters about six months after the original. However, unlike Godzilla Raids Again (the first Godzilla sequel, also released about six months after the first film), this movie would become known as one of the highlights of the series.
Firstly, let's go over the plot: En route to Mars in the Z Plan capsule following the events of the first film, Gamera is freed by a meteorite that crashes into the rocket. He immediately returns to Earth, attacking a dam and feeding on the fires he starts. He then heads for the equator, drawn by a volcanic eruption. Meanwhile, three men go to a cave in New Guinea to find a huge opal. They find it, but one man is stung by a scorpion and dies. One of the remaining two men, Onodera, takes the opal and attempts to trap the third man, Keisuke, in the cave and leaves him for dead. Onodera gets on a ship back to Japan, while the locals rescue Keisuke from the cave, telling him that they must recover the opal, and that it is in fact not a jewel at all. Keisuke and Karen, a native girl, head back to Japan as well. On Onodera's ship, however, the opal is accidentally left exposed to an infrared light he's using to treat a case of athlete's foot he picked up in the jungle. It turns out to be an egg, from which an infant Barugon hatches. When the ship reaches Japan, Barugon escapes the ship and subsequently emerges from the water, fully grown and, oddly, bleeding. It attacks Kobe, freezing buildings and military forces with a mist emitted from its tongue. It also reveals a rainbow beam it fires from its back. This energy attracts Gamera, who tries to fight Barugon off, but is frozen along with much of Kobe. Karen tells the military some of Barugon's weaknesses, including water (the reason it was bleeding as it came from the sea) and an attraction to brilliant gems. They try several strategies to defeat Barugon, including a large diamond and reflecting the rainbow beam back at it, all of which ultimately fail. However, Gamera finally thaws out and returns to fight Barugon once again, winning this time by holding it underwater until it dies.
Overall, while longer than many kaiju eiga of its time, this film is very entertaining. The higher budget is apparent in nearly every aspect of the production, from the human drama to the special effects, which are probably the best in the Showa Gamera films. Barugon looks great, as does Gamera. This film introduces the gory element of the monster battles that would become a staple of the series' later installments. Overall, this movie is highly recommended to any kaiju fan. The acting, effects and story are all very well done and it's great entertainment for any fan of the genre.
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