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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yoshinari Yonemori
Akira Onodera ...
Naoya Kusangi
Shinobu Nakayama ...
Mayumi Nagamine
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 ...
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


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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Release Date:

16 April 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gamera: Guardian of the Universe  »

Box Office


JPY 5,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Her role as Asagi was the first film role for Ayako Fujitani. She would reprise the role in the sequel. Twenty years later, in addition to her acting roles, she branched out into writing and directing. See more »


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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Kaiju done right
7 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After watching just about all the kaiju monster movies, it was time to see the Gamera movies in order. The photography/cinematography is excellent for this film, and the modeling maybe second to none. Maybe due to the scale of Gamera, I'm not sure, but the detail was superb. I love the point of view shots and camera movement through the miniature sets. I wish they would use this effect more. I was amazed at the detail of the utility poles with wires connecting them, increasing the realism and providing depth to the shots. The monsters are also very well done and Gyaos and Gamera have risen to the top of the best looking kaiju suits to date. Some CGI shots worked, while others didn't, but for its time, above par. You can see why Toho wanted Shusuke Keneko to direct its Godzilla GMK movie, which may be my all time favorite Big G movie. The pacing is good, and although the movie is not flawless, the fun factor is through the roof! I can't wait to see the others in this series as they are rated even higher on IMDb.

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