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16 April 1997 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Tsuyoshi Ihara ... Yoshinari Yonemori
Akira Onodera ... Naoya Kusangi
Shinobu Nakayama ... Mayumi Nagamine

Ayako Fujitani ... Asagi Kusanagi
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
Minako Nagai ... Herself - News Casrer for Alta
Akemi Nakamura ... Female Correspondent at Dome
Nanako Shindo ... Zoo Employee
Miyako Wada ... Mother at Bridge
Tetsu Watanabe ... Captain at Mt. Fuji
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carol Amerson ... Various (voice: English version)

Tiffany Grant ... Dr. Mayumi Nagamine (voice: English version)
Yuhmi Kaneyama ... Gyaos
Gene Kato ... Helicopter Pilot (voice: English version)
Yûko Kimura ... Herself - News caster for Plus One
Jason Lee ... Miltary Helicopter Pilot (voice: English Version)
Tristan MacAvery ... Mr. Kusanagi (voice: English version)
Naoaki Manabe ... Gamera
Yûichi Mayama ... Himself - News caster for Plus One
Paul Sidello ... Inspector Ohsako (voice: English version)
Jun Suzuki ... Gamera
Sue Ulu ... Reporter (voice: English version)
Brett Weaver ... News Anchor, Scientist (voice: English version)
Amanda Winn Lee ... Asagi Kusanagi (voice: English version)

Directed by
Shûsuke Kaneko 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Matt Greenfield  dialogue
Kazunori Itô 
James Shanks  UK version

Produced by
Matt Greenfield .... producer (US dubbed version)
Hiroyuki Kato .... executive producer
Shigeru Ohno .... producer
Yasuyoshi Tokuma .... executive producer
Tsutomu Tsuchikawa .... producer
Seiji Urushido .... producer
Original Music by
Kô Ôtani  (as Kô Ohtani)
Cinematography by
Kenji Takama 
Junichi Tozawa 
Film Editing by
Shizuo Arakawa 
Production Design by
Hajime Oikawa 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shôzô Katashima .... assistant director (as Shozo Katashima)
Sound Department
Yasuo Hashimoto .... sound
Special Effects by
Shin'ichi Fushima .... editor: special effects sequences
Tomo'o Haraguchi .... creature creator
Hokoka Hayashi .... special effects lighting
Shinji Higuchi .... special effects director
Makoto Kamiya .... special effects assistant director
Hiroshi Kidokoro .... special effects photographer
Toshio Miike .... special effects art director
Kenji Sugata .... special effects crew
Visual Effects by
Takashi Kawabata .... digital effects artist
Hajime Matsumoto .... visual effects
Other crew
Junko Kawashima .... script girl
Mahiro Maeda .... creature designer
Atsunori Sato .... computer graphic artist
James Shanks .... adr director (UK version)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Gamera daikaijû kuchu kessen" - Japan (original title)
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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
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The gayos creature was performed by a female actress so that it would convey more 'feminine' like behavior. Apparently this was the first time a kaiju was ever performed by a woman.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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Kaiju done right, 7 June 2012
Author: bassplace88 from United States

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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