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Writers:
Kazunori Itô (writer)
Shûsuke Kaneko (writer)
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Release Date:
6 March 1999 (Japan) See more »
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In a small Japanese village, a young woman discovers the means for her revenge, while Gyaos birds are sighted around the world and humankind debates Gamera's allegiance. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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the best of the Gamera trilogy and one of the more unique and brilliant monster movies ever created by human hands See more (52 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Shinobu Nakayama ... Mayumi Nagamine
Ai Maeda ... Ayana Hirasaka
Yukijirô Hotaru ... Inspector Tsutomu Osako

Ayako Fujitani ... Asagi Kusanagi
Senri Yamazaki ... Mito Asakura
Toru Tezuka ... Shin'ya Kurata
Yuu Koyama ... Tatsunari Moribe
Nozomi Andô ... Miyuki Moribe - Tatsunari's Younger Siser
Kei Horie ... Shigeki Hinohara - Ayana's Cousin
Norito Yashima ... Sakurai
Hirotarô Honda ... Mr. Saito

Aki Maeda ... Young Ayana

Hiroyuki Watanabe ... Regimental Commander
Yukie Nakama ... Female Camper
Kunihiko Mitamura ... Ayana's Father
Takahiro Itô ... Satoru Hirasaka - Ayana's Younger Brother
Kazuko Katô ... Ayana's Mother
Yûsuke Kawazu ... Akio Nojiri
Toshie Negishi ... Mrs. Hinohara - Ayana's Aunt
Satoru Saitô ... Mr. Hinohara - Ayana's Uncle
Nijiko Kiyokawa ... Tatsunari's Grandmother
Miyuki Komatsu ... Female Reporter in Shibuya
Tomorowo Taguchi ... Doctor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Christine M. Auten ... Asakura Mito (voice: English version) (as Christine Auten)
Marcy Bannor ... Female Anchor B, Mother Nagamine (voice: English version)
Vicki Barosh ... Moribe Grandmother, Female Talkshow Guest A (voice: English version)
Cameron Bautsch ... Moribo (voice: English version)
Bob Biggerstaff ... Lieutenant C, Submersible Navigator (voice: English version)

Jessica Boone ... Myuki, Pedestrian Woman A (voice: English version)

Heather Bryson ... Female Reporter A (voice: English version) (as Heather LeMaster)
Rick Burford ... Male Reporter A (voice: English version)

Shelley Calene-Black ... Pedestrian Woman B, Mother Hirasaka, School Girl A, House Mother, Answering Machine (voice: English version)
Victor Carsrud ... Lieutenant D, Submersible Captain, Talkshow Director (voice: English version)
Luci Christian ... Asagi Kusangi (voice: English version)

Kaytha Coker ... Rail Car Intercom (voice: English version)
Marcie Corder ... Auntie Mamma, Female Interview B (voice: English version)
Kelli Cousins ... Hirasaka Ayana, Young Hirasaka (voice: English version)

Jason Douglas ... Kurata Shinya (voice: English version)
Noriko Eguchi
Cynthia Ann Feaster ... Bully Girl, Pedestrian Woman C, Talkshow Host Female (voice: English version) (as Cynthia Feaster)
Marty Fleck ... Officer Tan (voice: English version)
Patrick Givens ... Father Hirasaka (voice: English version)
Joey Goubeaud ... Paramedic (voice: English version)

Tiffany Grant ... Dr. Nagamine (voice: English version)
Yoshihiko Hakamada
Alex Harder ... Kobayashi, Submersible Pilot (voice: English version)
Richard Hasenmyer ... Mobile Radio Guy, Interpreter (voice: English version)
Steven Hasenmyer ... Moribe Friend (voice: English version)
Hikaru Ijûin ... Policeman
Kyle Jones ... Male Anchor B, Bum A, Joe Hollywood, Submersible Pilot 2, Radar Guy B (voice: English version)
John Kaiser ... Professor Nojiri (voice: English version)
Takaya Kamikawa
Shôji Kôkami
Paul Locklear ... Cousin Brother (voice: English version)

Andy McAvin ... Lieutenant, Policeman Old, Rail Station Official (voice: English version)
Thomas Meerbott ... Military Bee, Bullhorn Guy (voice: English version)

Vic Mignogna ... Doctor, Male Anchor A (voice: English version)
Kazu Nagahama ... Male camper
Chris Nelson ... Talkshow Producer (voice: English version)
Duc Nguyen ... Sakurai (voice: English version)
Takashi Nishina
Neil O'Sullivan ... Radio Guy (voice: English version)

Tony Oller ... Satoru, Pedestrian Boy (voice: English version)
David Parker ... Captain, Male Interview A (voice: English version)
Rick Peeples ... Mister Glasses (voice: English version)
Ted Pfister ... Talkshow Host, Chief Cabinet Secretary (voice: English version)
Charlie Purdy ... Military Cee (voice: English version)
Marcy Rae ... Female Interview A (voice: English version)
Hal Raleigh ... Commander, Uncle Daddy (voice: English version)

Monica Rial ... School Girl B, Pedestrain Mother, Female Anchor A, Weather Lady, Camper Female (voice: English version)
Henry Rogers ... Submersible Mate (voice: English version)
Don Rush ... Policeman B (voice: English version)
Wade Shemwell ... Policeman A (voice: English version)
Osamu Shigematu ... Salaryman interviewee
Paul Sidello ... Osako (voice: English version)
Kenneth Smith ... Messenger (voice: English version)
Yukitomo Tochino ... Homeless man
Masahiko Tsugawa
David Williams ... Lieutenant B (voice: English version)
Mike Yantosca ... Military A, Mobile Radio Guy B, Rail Station Intercom (voice: English version)
Yasunori Yuge

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

Produced by
Miyuki Nanri .... producer
Naoki Satô .... producer
Yasuyoshi Tokuma .... executive producer
Tsutomu Tsuchikawa .... producer
Mark Williams .... executive producer (english version)
 
Original Music by
Kô Ôtani  (as Kô Ohtani)
 
Cinematography by
Junichi Tozawa 
 
Film Editing by
Isao Tomita 
 
Production Design by
Toshio Miike 
Hajime Oikawa 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Koji Yamaguchi .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Hiroshi Sagae .... assistant production designer
 
Sound Department
Miki Nomura .... sound mixing engineer
 
Special Effects by
Shinji Higuchi .... special effects director
Makoto Kamiya .... special effects assistant
Mahiro Maeda .... creature designer
Rikiya Sô .... assistant moldmaker
 
Visual Effects by
Norihiko Iwasaki .... miniature effects
Taro Kiba .... miniature effects
Yuichi Sato .... miniature effects
Isamu Tajima .... miniature effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Seiichirô Mieno .... lighting assistant
 
Other crew
Carole Pavlik .... production assistant (2004 version)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Gamera 3: Iris kakusei" - Japan (original title)
"Gamera: Revenge of Iris" - UK (DVD title), USA (DVD title)
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Runtime:
Canada:108 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Towards the end of the film when the swarm of Gyaos approaches Gamera they can be heard emitting the classic screech that Gyaos uses in the earlier Gamera films of the original series.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Gamera first fights the Gyaos,Gyaos splits the K109 building in half with its laser beam(seen in a reflection). Later when Gamera hurls his fire at it,it is intact.See more »
Quotes:
Mayumi Nagamine:Every creature, however unappealing, fights to the last to survive. Humanity as well.See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
the best of the Gamera trilogy and one of the more unique and brilliant monster movies ever created by human hands, 23 November 2009
Author: TheUnknown837-1 from United States

With the releases of "Gamera: Attack of Legion" and its predecessor "Gamera: Guardian of the Universe", Shusuke Kaneko had proved to cinema-goers to he not only knew how to make a good monster movie, but he knew how to make an artistic and enthralling monster movie. For the third film, he was given a larger budget and a longer production schedule. And the final result is not only the best of the three Gamera films, but, in my honest opinion, one of the two or three greatest monster movies ever made.

In the third installment of the trilogy, the Gyaos—the ferocious bat-like monsters that Gamera fought before—have resurfaced in vast numbers. And as Gamera combats both the Gyaos and evades the military, a young girl (Ai Maeda) who lost her parents four years prior when Gamera crushed their home in Tokyo, stumbles upon an infant monster whom she names Iris and begins to bond with, hoping one day that the little creature will become strong enough to exact her revenge on Gamera.

"Gamera: Revenge of Iris" contains everything that you could ever want in a movie. It has great characters, a strong plot, a solid story, breath-taking special effects, and a powerful foreboding sense of disaster. Quite uncommon for any monster movie, let alone a Japanese one, the tone of this movie is mysterious and cynical and dark, as it is essentially about mankind pushing itself to its own extinction through its vanity and lack of concern about the environment, which is what stirred the Gyaos and Iris. Compare this movie to the first entry of the trilogy and the tone is vastly different. Of better still, compare this film to the Gamera movies of the 60s and 70s…and there is no resemblance.

The film is famous amongst kaiju (Japanese monster movie) fans for the quality of the visual effects and yes, they are spectacular, just a step below what Industrial Light and Magic produces. The monsters are usually portrayed using the traditional suitmation process, but there also some full or partial computer-generate shots and the composition of these two elements in seamless. The pyrotechnics are outstanding, but a terrific effect is Gamera's eyes, which are able to display the illusion of intelligence and emotion quite effectively. And that is the real strength behind the visual effects. Unlike a great many Hollywood productions, they are used with imagination and artistic tactics as opposed to just being thrown senselessly and without purpose at the audience over and over again. The effects are used to stagger the imagination, but also to give the monsters personality. Gamera is darker in nature in this film that he has ever been, as he is seen oftentimes crushing and burning people to death while fighting other giant creatures. But what's greater is the personality of the antagonist monster, Iris, who starts out looking cute and sympathetic, but develops into one of the most evil and fearsome cinema villains I've seen in a long time.

Next to the effects being used imaginatively, their greatest strength is the fact is that they are used appropriately, where special effects should always be—a strength to the story. And the story in "Gamera: Revenge of Iris" is nothing short of fantastic. It's a fresh, original plot, one we are very unfamiliar with especially in a movie of this genre. And the characters—the human characters—are three-dimensional and developed into human beings as opposed to just filling up time and simply explaining the plot to the audience. The movie brings together cast members from the previous two movies and introduces new ones and, with a few exceptions, are all very well-played and developed. I admit I was not all that fascinated by the presence of the characters played by Tooru Teduka and Senzi Yamazaki. But that's okay, since there was lots of presence and personality coming from Ayako Fujitani, Shinobu Nayakam, Yukijiro Hotaru, Yuu Koyama, and especially from Ai Maeda as the girl with a hatred for Gamera. Notice how again Kaneko emphasizes the presence of women in his monster movies when they are typically reserved for love interests and screaming their lungs out at the sight the monsters. By contrast, the men are rather squeamish and weak and fearful, best personified by Yukijiro Hotaru who once again returns as the nervous and pessimistic Inspector Osako.

In regards to the music score, Ko Otani has outdone himself. His previous two scores were nothing short of terrific, but this time he has composed a soundtrack so versatile and ear-warming that there's not a single weak cue to be found. Everything, from the mysterious motif of the opening, to Gamera's upgraded theme, to the bombastic notes of the ending is a fabulous contribution to this fabulous film.

All three entries of Shusuke Kaneko's Gamera trilogy achieved my highest rating and they are all worth it because they not only updated the image of a monster that was once in Godzilla's shadow, but brought an artistic look to themselves and replenished the fascination for this rather unique and overlooked genre. And the very best of them all is "Gamera: Revenge of Iris", which is a thoroughly enthralling and welcomed cinematic experience from start to finish. Not because it has the most elaborate effects—that's a service—but because it encompasses it all and surpasses its eye candy content with a sound and fresh story. Out of all the monster movies this amateur critic has seen—and that's probably more than a hundred—this is one of the best.

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