Gamera was released in 1965 by that time there had been many giant monster movies in the Japan and Gamera was the next one in the line, unlike Godzilla Gamera touches on the industrial and scientific progression in Japan as well as the notable dynamics of the family, young and old. It is important to say that this released 9 Years after Godzilla.
The monster is “neutral” in its intent it wants food a gain nourishment through fuel in the literal sense it consumes (could this be a metaphor for the future) in large quantities. Gamera’s primary intentions are not to harm but to survive and find food the first points of exposition around the monster are explained by two key characters a zoologist and his scientific friend.
The second form of exposition is through young child who Gamera saves (this would become a staple of the series as the movies progressed) who sees Gamera as not only friend but as victim of misunderstanding through everyone else – his intentions are misunderstood by everyone the military, the zoologist and the scientists and it is reflected in their actions towards him. The child acts as a voice of reason.
It touches on the importance of families and young people in general as the future generation as well as (stated above) the technological advances in humanity (fuel consumption, rockets, military advancements) however I don’t think the movies is trying glamourise this embellishments in anyway.
For 1965 the moves special effects are very well made, constructed and photographed – I viewed this movie in HD (1080i 60fps) Upscaled to full HD and they a notably good in the battle scenes and Gamera is going through the city the attention to detail through the production team is notable, not only did they create an original monster but created a realistic world around him.
Gamera – The Giant Monster I feel is a lost gem among the Japanese monster movies of this decade it is a well shot and well executed movies with an interesting plot and a endearing character that would process through the series.