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Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)

Gamera daikaijû kuchu kessen (original title)
Unrated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 16 April 1997 (USA)
A hibernating species of giant carnivorous bird is awakened on a Japanese island shortly after the Japanese military encounters an unidentified mass moving beneath the water off-shore.

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Yoshinari Yonemori
Akira Onodera ...
Naoya Kusangi
Shinobu Nakayama ...
Mayumi Nagamine
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Yukijirô Hotaru ...
Insp. Osako
Hatsunori Hasegawa ...
Col. Satake
Hirotarô Honda ...
Mr. Saito
Akira Kubo ...
Captain of the Kairyumaru
Kôjirô Hongô ...
Captain of the Nojima
Takashi Matsuo ...
Taxi driver
Yoshihiko Hakamada ...
Michiya
Tomiko Ishii ...
Female Grocery store Owner
Jun Fubuki ...
Housewife with her son in Grocery store
Yuka Sakano ...
Yukino - Asagi's Friend in Aquarium
Sarina Kô ...
Female Newsrepoter on Himegami Island
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The giant flying turtle is back for this 1995 Japanese feature where once again Gamera's intentions are misinterpreted by the military. All Gamera wants to do is take on his old enemy, Gyaos, the giant prehistoric bird who has nested atop Tokyo Tower. Written by Humberto Amador

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JPY 5,000,000 (estimated)
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The comma-shaped amulet related to Gamera throughout the Hesei series is called Magatama in Japan. It was initially used as decorative jewelry and later found religious and ceremonial uses. Artifacts have been dated from approximately 1000 BCE to 500 CE. See more »

Quotes

Insp. Osako: Doctor, let's come back tomorrow.
Mayumi Nagamine: This creature might be nocturnal.
Insp. Osako: That's an even better reason! Suppose it were to attack us?
Mayumi Nagamine: [Gyaos flies overhead and she starts to follow] It's getting away!
Insp. Osako: We're not equipped for this, and it's out of our jurisdiction!
Mayumi Nagamine: It's looking for food!
Insp. Osako: For food? That'll be us if we're not careful!
Mayumi Nagamine: If it can't find prey here, it'll attack Japan!
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References Mothra (1961) See more »

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Gamera gives a good first performance
21 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

Gamera: The Guardian of the Universe is a pretty good movie, I would have to say just about on par with the Godzilla films from the Hesai series. It has more plot than most kaiju flicks, and has pretty good suits. If you view it as what it is (namely, the first in a trilogy) then it is a pretty good first part. It develops the theme that will continue with the next two instalments, and does a good job of convaying the many plot twists and new developments. While both of it's sequals surpass it in almost every way, this is still a very good movie. Another plus is that it is the only one of the trilogy that has aired on TV, albeit in a cropped and dubbed version.


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