Daikyojû Gappa (Monster from a Prehistoric Planet) (Gappa the Triphibian Monster) (1974) - Rotten Tomatoes

Daikyojû Gappa (Monster from a Prehistoric Planet) (Gappa the Triphibian Monster) (1974)

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The sole foray into the giant-monster arena from Nikkatsu Studios (producers of the classic The Burmese Harp) presents a cutesy clone of Toho's Rodan with a plot lifted from British city-stomper Gorgo. Unfortunately for monster fans, there is little of the earlier films' creativity on display. An infant version of the title creature (only one of an apparent species) is found on Obelisk Island by a group of Japanese reporters, caged and spirited away to Japan to become a media attraction. Naturally, this incurs not only the ire of the island natives, but the wrath of Baby Gappa's full-grown parents, who storm off to Tokyo to inflict rubber-suited mayhem on some particularly cheap-looking model buildings. Nikkatsu's lack of experience with the genre shows in the goofy-looking monster suits, shoddy effects and exaggerated cuteness. It's also evident from the film's tongue-in-cheek approach that the producers had no illusions about the inherent silliness of this project -- an attitude somewhat less prevalent in Toho's monster series. Also known as Monster from the Prehistoric Planet.

Cast

Tamio Kawaji
as Hiroshi Kurosaki
Yoko Yamamoto
as Itoko Koyanagi
Yuji Okada
as Daize Tonooka
Koji Wada
as Mashida
Tatsuya Fuji
as George Inoue

Critic Reviews for Daikyojû Gappa (Monster from a Prehistoric Planet) (Gappa the Triphibian Monster)

All Critics (2)

Hokey-looking rubber monsters and tribesmen dancing beneath an active volcano - what's not to like? Well, a lot actually . . .

October 5, 2004 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Daikyojû Gappa (Monster from a Prehistoric Planet) (Gappa the Triphibian Monster)

An expedition to a remote island discovers a prehistoric flying dinosaur and brings it to Japan; it's parents come and stomp buildings until they get the brat back. Giant monster movie that brings nothing new to the genre (it's a virtual remake of GORGO).

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

½

A kaiju film that shamelessly rip-off elements from Godzilla, Rodan, Gorgo, and King Kong. This first and only kaiju film produced by Nikkatsu Studios, this kaiju flick was obviously made on a very low-budget, which shows in the model city sets and monster suits. The model sets are alright considering the budget, but not nearly the quality of the Toho kaiju flicks. The story is bland and is only their to provide the basic setup for the monster scenes. The human characters do little to elevate the overall un-interesting and cliche plot. The movie has some silly goofy moments but not enough to make it as endearing as the campy but fun 60's Gamera entries. Probably the funniest moment in the film is when one of the Gappa monsters is destroying a city while holding a giant starfish in it's mouth for no apparent reason. The human story is boring, but the near constant monster action in the film's second half help to make this kaiju feature worthwhile if you don't go in with high expectations.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

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