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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
John Ledford .... executive producer (english version)
Shigeru Ohno .... producer
Yasuyoshi Tokuma .... executive producer
Tsutomu Tsuchikawa .... producer
Seiji Urushido .... producer
Original Music by
Kô Ohtani 
Cinematography by
Kenji Takama 
Junichi Tozawa 
Film Editing by
Shizuo Arakawa 
Production Design by
Hajime Oikawa 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shozo Katashima .... assistant director
Sound Department
Yasuo Hashimoto .... sound
Special Effects by
Shinichi 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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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 »
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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A honing of what's great about the genre., 10 November 2003
Author: thedorch from Chicago

My main reaction was that this was nearly perfect kaiju. I saw Toho's Godzilla 2000, and here's why it wasn't half as good as this: Godzilla was too big. They made him too big, that's all. Gamera here was the right size: just as tall as a tall building, so when he falls over backwards into it, it really crumbles. So beautiful! I actually bought a Gamera figure (1999, Bandai) before I saw this. And I still haven't seen the subsequent two. But this was just great. They took advantage of new digital tech, as Godzilla 2000 did, but also refined what was great about guys in rubber suits clomping around smashing models. Only complaint: some of the matting when they were flying down the street was weak. But then again, part of the fun is knowing deep down that they're guys in rubber suits, so some flaws are exceptable. In fact, I'm sure each kaiju fan has his own pet special effects gaff that really makes it for him. Mine is the street lights. They never look real. Don't know why. But it's just so great that someone came and glued them there onto the miniature sidewalk. Some great long-distance shots, too. Best one: when Gamera and Gyaos are plummeting back down from outer space, and there's one shot that looks just like a sky-diving shot, with the blue Earth below - did they throw a giant turtle out of a plane and shoot that? And Gyaos roosting on the ruins of Tokyo Tower, silhouetted in the sunlight - gorgeous. The big final battle was great. Gyaos' eggs falling on the cars.

Oh, and there were a lot of great laughs. Especially when the plutonium ship captain comes running in and says, "There's a monster coming out of the ocean!" and he's told, "Not now, we're busy capturing giant birds." I saw a subtitled version. Thank god. The pacing was pretty damn good, too, since you're really only interested in seeing about half an hour of the thing. To watch this stuff in the 21st century rocks. It really reminds you how limited CGI is and what movies really are about. Don't mess with the rubber suit!

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