*Flashback to early 1968, in the Daiei headquarters cafeteria. Writer Nisan Takahashi walks in and spies director Noriaki Yuasa having a bowl of kimchi*
Nisan: Yo, Noriaki. The suits want us to make another Gamera movie, since the last two were so profitable.
Noriaki: Cool. Since we made so much money with those, they'll surely give us a HUGE budget this time!
Nisan: Uh, actually, they're not going to give us any money. At all.
Noriaki: (spits out kimchi) What?!?! But ... but ...
Nisan: Yeah, man, I dunno, either. What can we do?
Noriaki: Well, I suppose we can put the focus almost entirely on the annoying little kids this time. We can probably get them to work for free, they'll be so excited to be in a movie.
Nisan: Ok, ok. That's good. Ooh! We can just re-use all of the monster footage from Barugon
. Maybe the kids can be sitting around remembering all that stuff, or something.
Noriaki: Yeah! Great. But that'll still only get us like 30 or 40 minutes, 50 tops. Hey! There's some leftover monster suit parts in the trash bin outside. We can cobble them together into something for Gamera to fight for just long enough to get us to feature length. And I think, maybe, we could steal some beach balls from the daycare, glue them together, and pass that off as a space ship.
Nisan: Genius! Let's get to work! They told us we have to be finished by the end of business TODAY!
Noriaki: (another kimchi spit take)
*flash forward to the present day*Gamera vs. Viras
is every bit as bad as I've made it sound above. Hell, it's worse
! Not only do they reuse 100% of the monster footage from the previous two movies, they even use most of the monster footage from the original Gamera
-- and that movie was in black and white
! They just didn't give a s**t.
This movie's Kenny and his pal, White Kid (look, their names don't matter, it's Kenny and White Kid, always) are two of the worst Kenny and White Kids in all of kaiju-dom. They sabotage a submersible that everyone in their Boy Scout troop was supposed to get a chance to drive so that only they will know how to drive it. And for this bit of a***olery they are rewarded with an up close and personal visit from Gamera, a fun romp through a space ship, and a front-row seat for the final battle with the s**tty squid prop representing Viras.
There are two (2) good points in this movie. 1) the pre-credits battle between Gamera and the beach-ball ship is actually quite well done. 2) Vira's final attack on Gamera leaves a huge, bloody, spewing wound in Gamera's gut as long as the distance from his neck to his pelvis and as wide as the distance between his shoulder blades. How Gamera survived that
is anyone's guess, but he's a-ok as soon as the camera cuts away to the next shot.