Gamera vs. Barugon (大怪獣決闘 ガメラ対バルゴン?, lit. Giant Monster Duel: Gamera Against Barugon), also known as War of the Monsters, is a Daikaijū Kettō: Gamera Tai Barugon1966 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Daiei Motion Picture Company and a sequel to Daiei's previous giant monster movie, Gamera, making it the second entry in the Gamera series.
Hurdling through space, a meteorite collides with the rocket (as we learned in the last film) transporting Gamera off the Earth. Gamera, now freed, returns to Japan, destroys Kuroba Dam and takes off. Meanwhile, a mysterious group of travelers visit an island in the South Pacific. They plan to steal huge jewel from a cave protected by a local village. Eventually, they journey to the cave and find the opal. Traveling back to civilization, the only thief to survive the "heist" leaves the jewel beneath an infra-red light while playing poker. The light ends up incubating and hatch a giant monster from the opal, Barugon. Barugon emerges from the ship as it comes into Kobe harbor, destroying it. Barugon then attacks Osaka, freezing large parts of the city with a freezing tongue ray, and destroying a missile strike with a rainbow ray. Gamera, attracted by the rainbow ray, arrives on the scene. Barugon and Gamera fight. Gamera does well, until Barugon uses the freeze ray. Gamera then gets frozen solid and falls inert onto the ground. Victorious, Barugon departs Osaka for the next large urban target. Keisuke and Karen find Onodera, and wrest a confession about Kano's death from him. In the ensuing fight, Keisuke beats up on Onodera and ties him up. Keisuke and Karen then go to the Japanese defense ministry. There Karen outlines the "Diamond Lure" defense. This plans uses the giant diamond of the Black Tribe to lure Barugon into a lake to drown. The plan is effected but fails to move Barugon out into the lake. Afterwards it is theorized that the infra-red radiation has made Barugon immune to the effects of the "Diamond Lure". Another plan, the "Infra-red Diamond Lure" defense is hatched. This would involve putting the Black Tribe diamond in an infra-red generator and using the resultant ray to lure Barugon to a watery death. Karen reveals that rain weakens Barugon and the Japanese military keeps Barugon doused with artificial rain. The "Infra-red Diamond Lure" defense is put into effect. Onodera, however, gets wind of the plan and resolves to steal the Black Tribe diamond. The plan is executed and this time Barugon follows the lure without hesitation. Just as Barugon is about to be drawn into heavy water, Onodera bursts on the scene and steals the Black Tribe diamond. Barugon approaches the boat carrying the infra-red generator and destroys it. Barugon then eats Onodera - and the Black Tribe diamond. Having failed, the Japanese military keeps Barugon sedated with rain. In dejection, Keizuke and Karen visit the site of Barugon's attack on the missile battery and discover an anomaly, everything but glass has been destroyed. From this comes the theory that Barugon's infra-red beam can be reflected. With this information, the "Reflect attack" plan is hatched. A giant mirror is constructed and put in front of Barugon. Barugon is then goaded into firing the rainbow ray. The mirror reflects the ray back upon Barugon, but the monster stops firing before the ray can be lethal. This exchange again attracts Gamera, who has thawed out after last battling Barugon. This time, Gamera overcomes Barugon, and eventually manages to drag Barugon into deep water, where the monster drowns. The threat vanquished, Gamera flies away without causing any further destruction.
- Japan - April 17, 1966; July 9, 2010 (Miyazaki Film Festival)
- Germany - May 3, 1967
- Spain - January 1968
- Uchū Hyōjin (宇宙氷人?, lit. Space Iceman) was originally the designed foe of Gamera for this film, and the idea was later utilized to create Uchuu HyoujinDaimajin.
- This is the only Showa Gamera film to not be directed by Noriaki Yuasa, although he directed the special effects of the film.
- This is the only Showa Gamera film to not feature a child protagonist.
- This is the first Gamera movie to feature another monster.
- The film's plot was later adapted into a manga by Kadokawa, which aimed to place it into the Heisei timeline.
- This is the first Gamera film to be shot in color, where as the previous Gamera film, Gamera: The Giant Monster, was shot in black and white.
- This film shows rather rare type of battle by monsters both can be quadruped or bipedal depending on the situations.
- The only Showa Gamera film which Gamera is the anti-hero of the film, whereas with Gamera: The Giant Monster, Gamera was the villain, and all of the other Showa Gamera films, Gamera is the hero of the films.