Daikyojû Gappa


Monster from a Prehistoric Planet/Gappa, the Triphibian Monster – Japan, 1967, color, 35mm, 90′
by Haruyasu Noguchi
Script Ryuzo Nakanishi, Gan Yamazaki – Cinematography Muneo Ueda – Editing Masanori Tsujii – Music Seitaro Omori – Cast Tamio Kawaji, Yôko Yamamoto, Yuji Okada – Production Manson Corporation, Nikkatsu

An expedition in the South Pacific lands on a tropical island where the natives worship the mysterious deity Gappa. An earthquake opens up an underground cavern and a baby reptile is discovered inside. The natives warn the foreigners to leave the hatching alone, but they don’t listen and take it back to a zoo in Japan. Soon after, moma and papa Gappa start smashing Tokyo looking for their kidnapped child.