In 1973, Gamera sacrifices his life to rid the world of the Gyaos once and for all. Thirty-three years later, a small boy, whose father witnessed the 1973 event, named Toru finds a ... See full summary »
When an ancient statue is moved for display in Expo '70, a giant, vaguely Triceratops-like monster is released. The monster goes to Japan in pursuit of the statue and ends up battling Gamera, the giant flying turtle.
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
A surprisingly good movie for fans of the genre! I had low expectations of this film and expected to quit watching it after 5 minutes. However, I'm glad to say I continued watching to the end. Yes, it's hokey - the monsters look like men in monster suits and Tokyo is again at risk. Yet
there's something fresh about this movie. First - it takes place in a
more modern setting than the 60s and 70s - large flat screen panels and the like are present. Second, this film didn't have the look of a low-budget movie. It looks like the producers had a decent budget and used it well.
Like the earlier movies, though much more appealingly executed, are the breadth of the settings - the ocean, islands, boats, power stations, downtown Tokyo, space, and more. All the classic scenes you'd expect in a movie modeled after those of the 60s and 70s are present and nicely updated.
If a good old-fashioned style Japanese monster movie piques your interest, this movie won't disappoint. I enjoyed it.
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