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Guyver: Dark Hero (1994)

 -  Action | Sci-Fi  -  20 April 1994 (Japan)
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Sean Barker became the unwilling host to an alien bio-armor known as the Guyver. A year ago he destroyed the Kronos Corporation, an organization of mutants who want the Guyver. Now he is ... See full summary »

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Bruno Patrick ...
Crane (as Bruno Giannotta)
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Atkins
Stuart Weiss ...
Marcus
Billi Lee ...
Mizky
Jim O'Donoghoe ...
Gouo
J.D. Smith ...
Doug
Alisa Merline ...
Brandi (voice)
Wes Deitrick ...
Volker
Veronica Reed ...
Sten (voice)
Stephen Oprychal ...
Bob
Ann George ...
Gail (voice)
Marisa Cody ...
Mary (voice)
Kristin Calkins ...
Lois / Primitive Guyver (voice)
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Sean Barker became the unwilling host to an alien bio-armor known as the Guyver. A year ago he destroyed the Kronos Corporation, an organization of mutants who want the Guyver. Now he is trying to find why the Guyver unit forces him to fight and kill evil. He is lead to an archelogical site where scientists discover an ancient space craft. Now he must fight Kronos again before they discover the secrets of the Guyver's origin. Written by <pace@interpath.com>

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The ultimate weapon. See more »

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Guyver 2: Dark Hero  »

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$900,000 (estimated)
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Although the previous film received a PG-13, this film received an R. Notable as many film series have transitioned away from the R-rating, but fewer have transitioned to the R-rating. See more »

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Shortly after flipping the jeep, a black car can be seen driving by in the background in what's supposed to be a deserted area. See more »

Quotes

Guyver: You don't know what you're doing, Crane. That unit's damaged. You have no idea what it will do to you.
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Follows Kyôshoku sôkô Guyver Act II (1991) See more »

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Written and Performed by Charlie Marshall
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A Significant Improvement
4 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

As a fan of the anime, and its far better comic book source material, the first live-action Guyver was a painful experience. Surely any "Power Rangers" criticism is more applicable to that first film, with its campy dialogue and fight scenes, silly-looking creature designs, and overblown ending battle. While it hits a surprising number of plot points from the source material, it's a bad movie.

Guyver 2 still has some goofy Zoanoid designs, mediocre acting, and distorts the relative strength of human, Guyver and Zoanoid to keep a human fighter from becoming scenery and to keep the Guyver from plowing through too many rubber suits the movie couldn't afford. But it takes itself more seriously and employs some Hong Kong-style wire work and just a little CG to show you why the Guyver stands above the Zoanoids. This film too covers many major plot points from the manga comics, taking some liberties to bring together elements of the very beginning and very end of the comic's U.S. release and provide a satisfying ending battle.

Dark Hero makes just one direct reference to the preceding film that might justify a viewing. But if you followed the comics closely enough to be interested in the movies, you'll get it anyway and can spare yourself some suffering. Guyver 2 is a much improved film with some solid cult film qualities and enough substance to bring in fans of the Japanese original as well as the folks who stumble into decent B-movies channel surfing through evening cable.

6/10


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