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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
Joe Pisano ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
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)
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
Matt Greenfield .... adr director (english version)
Matt Greenfield .... adr script (english version)
Junko Kawashima .... script girl
Mahiro Maeda .... creature designer
Atsunori Sato .... computer graphic artist
James Shanks .... adr director (UK version)

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Also Known As:
"Gamera daikaijû kuchu kessen" - Japan (original title)
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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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The film's Japanese poster is a nearly identical recreation of the Japanese poster of the first film in which Gamera fought Gyaos, Daikaijû kûchûsen: Gamera tai Gyaosu (1967).See more »
Factual errors: The runes on the stone are not from the Pyrenees or Etruria, but are just normal unchanged runes from the Elder Futhark which were used in Scandinavia before and during the Viking age.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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Referenced in Who Is Gamera? (2013) (TV)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The other Big G is back, 26 July 2008
Author: michael-turner13 from United Kingdom

This updated version of the 1960's terrifying terrapin is by far better than the showa films that precede it. Gamera first showed its fangs in 1965 in the movie Gamera (1965) as a response to the popular Godzilla series. for the most part these films were bad.

The 1990's revival of the sabre-toothed tortoise is a brilliant addition to the Kaiju Eiga.

The acting in Gamera: Guardian of the Universe is Excellent. Each Actor and Actress portrays there own character well and seem to enjoy playing the part.

The storyline is very good. The inclusion of what humans are doing to the planet being the reason for why the Gyoas waking up was a good plot device. Also the myth of Atlantis/super-civilisation having created the two monsters, Gamera and Gyoas was a good touch.

The soundtrack was good but I do have some complaints about its use. During the final battle scene I feel that the music played was not completely appropriate for a battle of titans.

Overall a good film with some minor flaws. Gamera: Guardian of the Universe is a great film that can be enjoyed by anyone a kaiju fan or not.

And by the way the next two are even better

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