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13 July 1996 (Japan) See more »
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Summer '96 Japan Falls!
Plot:
A meteor shower carries hostile insectoid creatures to Japan, where they rapidly reproduce. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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my least-favorite of the three films, but still highly entertaining and one of the most impressive monster movies, Japanese or otherwise See more (29 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Toshiyuki Nagashima ... Colonel Watarase
Miki Mizuno ... Midori Honami
Tamotsu Ishibashi ... Hanatani
Mitsuru Fukikoshi ... Obitsu - NTT Hokkaido Engineer

Ayako Fujitani ... Asagi Kusanagi
Hiroyuki Okita ... Sasai
Yûsuke Kawazu ... Nojiri
Yukijirô Hotaru ... Osako
Hatsunori Hasegawa ... Satake
Tomorowo Taguchi ... Subway Driver
La Salle Ishii ... NTT Staff with Obitsu / Watarase in Nazaki
Hiroshi Ohkôchi (as Hiroshi Ookôchi)
Bengaru ... Midori's Father . Drug Store Owner
Kazue Tsunogae ... Midori's Mother
Akiji Kobayashi ... Soldier
Takeshi Yôrô ... Professor of the Hokkaido University Veterinarian Department

Aki Maeda ... Little Girl in Sendai
Yuka Sakano ... Yukino - Asagi's Friend in Airport
Miyuki Komatsu ... Female TV reporter in Sapporo , Susukino
Zen Kajihara ... Guard in Beer Factory
Maki Imanaka ... Herself - Female TV Reporter in Sapporo, Ôdôri Stasion
Isao Fukudome ... Himself - Newscaster
Ayako Sekiya ... Herself - Newscaster
Yutaka Mizumoto ... Himself - TV reporter in Sendai
Yasuyoshi Tokuma ... The Chief Cabinet Secretary
Yûko Miwa ... Newsreporter in Helicopter , Kuribayashi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Anderson ... Soldiers #14 (voice: English version) (as Christopher J. Anderson)
Don Armstrong ... Radio News Reporter, Tokyo News Anchor (voice: English version)
Big Bates ... Soldiers #17 (voice: English version)
Gerald Brewer ... Little Boy's Dad, Soldiers #9 (voice: English version)

Heather Bryson ... American News Anchor, Tokyo Anchor #2 (voice: English version) (as Heather Le Master)

Shelley Calene-Black ... Midori Honami (voice: English version)
Gabi Chennisi ... Little Girl, Little Boy, Students #1 (voice: English version)
Fumiko Chino ... Counter Agent, Scientists #2 (voice: English version)
Luci Christian ... Asagi Kusanagi (voice: English version)
Adam Conlon ... Security Guard #1, Radio Guy (voice: English version)

Jason Douglas ... TV News Reporter / Office Mumble / Soldiers #3 / Students #5 (voice: English version)
Tejas Englesmith ... American News Anchor (voice: English version)
Dorothea Exis ... Little Girl's Mom (voice: English version)
Marty Fleck ... Prime Minister, Doctor (voice: English version)
Mary Fleck ... Search Pilot (voice: English version)
Patrick Givens ... Soldiers #10 (voice: English version)
Joey Goubeaud ... Soldiers #7 (voice: English version)
Matt Greenfield ... Officer Mustache (voice: English version)
Illich Guardiola ... Hanatani (voice: English version)
Hilary Haag ... Chopper News Reporter, Students #4 (voice: English version)
Ruby Halipoto ... Mommy Honami (voice: English version)
Richard Hasenmyer ... Soldiers #20 (voice: English version)
Steven Hasenmyer ... Escape Chopper Pilot (voice: English version) (as Steve Hasenmyer)
Chris Hawley ... Escape Chopper Radio, Soldiers #12 (voice: English version)
Jay Hickman ... Colonel Watarase (voice: English version)
Kyle Jones ... Conductor, Soldiers #19, Students #3 (voice: English version)
John Kaiser ... Professor, Old Loader (voice: English version)

Mike MacRae ... Sendal Reporter, Soldiers #2 (voice: English version) (as Charles Kennedy)
Rob Mungle ... Colonel Satake, Soldiers #5 (voice: English version)
Chris Nelson ... Soldiers #13 (voice: English version)
Neil O'Sullivan ... Soldiers #8 (voice: English version)
Akira Ohashi ... Gamera
Ed Paez ... Loud Speaker Guy, Soldiers #4 (voice: English version)
Chris Patton ... Obitsu (voice: English version) (as Christopher Patton)
Charlie Purdy ... Soldiers #11 (voice: English version)
Mark Roberts ... Scientists #3 (voice: English version)
Don Rush ... Soldiers #18, Scientists #1, Students #2 (voice: English version)
Paul Sidello ... Osako (voice: English version)
Lisa Singerman ... Sapporo Reporter, Tokyo Anchor #1 (voice: English version)
John Swasey ... Captain, Power Plant Worker (voice: English version)
Shelley Thomas ... Ski Bunny (voice: English version) (as Shelly Thomas)
Chad Townsend ... Soldiers #16 (voice: English version)
Tasuku Unô
Ryan Walsh ... Commander, Radio Guy 2, Soldiers #1 (voice: English version)
Matt Wittmeyer ... Soldiers #15, Scientists #4 (voice: English version)
Mike Yantosca ... Radio Seaman, Soldiers #6 (voice: English version) (as Michael Yantosca)

Ken Yasuda ... Soldier

Directed by
Shûsuke Kaneko 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kazunori Itô 

Produced by
John Ledford .... executive producer (english version)
Miyuki Nanri .... producer
Naoki Sato .... producer
Yasuyoshi Tokuma .... executive producer
Tsutomu Tsuchikawa .... producer
Mark Williams .... executive producer (english version)
 
Original Music by
Kô Ohtani 
 
Cinematography by
Junichi Tozawa 
 
Film Editing by
Shizuo Arakawa 
 
Production Design by
Hajime Oikawa 
 
Art Department
Yumiko Arakawa .... carpenter
 
Special Effects by
Shinichi Fushima .... editor: special effects sequences
Tomo'o Haraguchi .... creature creator
Shinji Higuchi .... special effects director
Hiroshi Honjo .... special effects
Makoto Kamiya .... special effects assistant
Hiroshi Kidokoro .... special effects photography
Toshio Miike .... special effects production designer
Shin'ichi Wakasa .... suit maker
 
Stunts
Kenji Sato .... stunt performer
 
Other crew
Carole Pavlik .... production assistant (2003 version)
 

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Also Known As:
"Gamera 2: Region shurai" - Japan (original title)
"Gamera: Attack of Legion" - UK, USA (DVD title)
"Gamera 2: Advent of Legion" - International (English title)
"Gamera 2: Assault of the Legion" - USA
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99 min
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Trivia:
Post 11 March 2011, there is a lot more irony in the girls standing in front of Sendai Station and saying that New York is dangerous.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The "My name is Legion" quote is from Mark 5:9, not Mark 9:8 as claimed by one of the soldiers (in the dubbed DVD version).See more »
Quotes:
Hanatani:[watching Gamera being attacked by a swarm of the Symbiotic Legion creatures] "And He asked him, 'What is thy name?' And he answered, saying, 'My name is Legion, for we are many."
Colonel Watarase:The Bible?
Hanatani:Mark 5:9.
Colonel Watarase:"Legion".
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
my least-favorite of the three films, but still highly entertaining and one of the most impressive monster movies, Japanese or otherwise, 23 November 2009
Author: TheUnknown837-1 from United States

Following the success of the surprisingly spectacular "Gamera: Guardian of the Universe", director Shusuke Kaneko received a go-ahead to make two more Gamera movies and thus create his own trilogy. But this trilogy was destined to be something much more than just three more entries in the seemingly endless cycle of Japanese monster movies. This was where Gamera, the flying fire-breathing turtle created by Daiei Studios, became characterized and progressed enough to be considered his own character and not just another figure living in the shadow of Godzilla. Kaneko had a limited budget for his first film. For the first sequel, "Gamera: Attack of Legion" the budget would be increased. Now this is my least favorite of the three films, but that is not a denunciation. Not even close.

A year after Gamera's battle with the Gyaos, a mysterious cluster of meteorites crash-lands in Japan. Following this unexplained phenomenon comes a series of incidents and disasters and before long it becomes clear that the planet has been invaded by a colony of creatures from another world. The creatures, known as the Legion, begin to savage the countryside and before long, it's going to be you-know-who to the rescue.

Although I do enjoy the other two films in the trilogy a little more, "Gamera: Attack of Legion" is still a marvelous and artistic motion picture. It's still a lot more impressive than the average monster movie, Japanese or otherwise.

A notable thing about the Gamera trilogy is the gradual change of tone between the movies. The first film was a lighthearted entry made with respect to the older monster movies, but with an updated style. "Gamera: Attack of Legion" is where the series became a little darker, a little more cynical, making its way toward the utterly dark and mysterious "Gamera: Revenge of Iris." The second film lies a little bit between the two movies. For the most part, the approach on the monsters is serious, although there are some deliberately comical moments that keep the movie from becoming too moody.

Kaneko had a bigger budget, so he could create even more elaborate effects for this film. By ILM standards, no, the effects are not up to date. But with a limited budget, they are more than impressive. There were a few CGI shots that I didn't drop my jaw at, but for the most part, the effects were terrific. Sometimes Gamera and Legion looked so convincing they looked like they were beyond just men in rubber suits. The special effects work and of course the cinematographer are due enormous credit for this feat.

What about the human cast? Uncommon for a monster movie, they are actually, for the most part, quite interesting. Unfortunately, the leading character played by Toshiyuki Nagashima doesn't have a tremendous amount of personality depth, but then again, how many of us go to a monster movie looking for great character study? But aside from him, we do have some strongly-written humans and some strong performances. One thing I admire a lot about Kaneko's style is that he breaks conventions even in the casting, where he gives the strongest parts in female roles. The leading female part is played wonderfully by the attractive and talented actress Miki Mizuno and I can't leave out Ayako Fujitani as the girl who communicates with Gamera psychically, although I do wish she had just a little more screen time in the film. It is really refreshing to see women, who are usually reduced to just screaming in monster movies, to be stealing the screen not with beauty but with personality and performance. Yukijiro Hotaru, whom you may remember as the comical bumbling Inspector Osako in the first movie, also makes an appearance here as well.

The movie, like many, is not without its faults, but they are hardly enough to detract any entertainment value from the overall result. Featuring strong performances especially by Miki Mizuno and Ayako Fujitani, great special effects, a spectacular musical score by Ko Otani, and action scenes packed with imagination, "Gamera: Attack of Legion" is yet another success story for director Kaneko and his crew and one the most impressive science-fiction films this monster movie fan has ever seen.

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