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Gunhed (1989)

Ganheddo (original title)
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In a cyberpunk future, Kyron-5 supercomputer attempts to exterminate the human race, but Gunhed mechs stop it. In 2038, five thieves break into a condemned island facility to steal Kyron's dead CPU. The place turns out to be a deathtrap.

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Masato Harada
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Masahiro Takashima ... Brooklyn
Brenda Bakke ... Texas Air Ranger Sgt. Nim
James Brewster Thompson James Brewster Thompson ... Barabbas
Aya Enjôji Aya Enjôji ... Bebe
Eugene Harada Eugene Harada ... Seven
Kaori Mizushima Kaori Mizushima ... Eleven
Yôsuke Saitô Yôsuke Saitô ... Boxer
Doll Nguyen Doll Nguyen ... Boomerang
Jay Kabira Jay Kabira ... Bombbay
Randy Reyes Randy Reyes ... Gunhed (voice)
Mickey Curtis Mickey Curtis ... Bansho
Michael Yancy Michael Yancy ... Narrator
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In a cyberpunk future, Kyron-5 supercomputer attempts to exterminate the human race, but Gunhed mechs stop it. In 2038, five thieves break into a condemned island facility to steal Kyron's dead CPU. The place turns out to be a deathtrap. Brooklyn's smuggling companions are slaughtered, sometimes violently, one by one as they wantonly defy the security systems of the Kyron-5. Babe falls into a vat of green liquid and becomes a cybernetic antagonist. Brooklyn is placed under arrest by Sergeant Nim, who suggests they follow surviving children Seven and Eleven. The Kyron-5 declared war on humanity, and killed most of those living on the island. Brooklyn, a mechanic, must overcome his fear of cockpits and command the Gun UNit/Heavy Elimination Device to the heart of the Kyron-5. Written by Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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2038. Computer domination is a reality - Gunhed - man's last defence in the great robot war


Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

27 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gunhead See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Gunhed's cockpit features a cash register keyboard. Legible keys include "SUB TOTAL" and "CHANGE." "NO SALE" is visible on the panel. See more »

Goofs

In the opening of the bandit crew flying in the Mary Ann toward the island 8JO, Bebe announces the name of the island they're flying to; in this shot, the camera pans over to Brooklyn who has the lip of his turtleneck below his chin. In the next shot, a close-up of Brooklyn's face, he's pulling the lip of his turtleneck down from over his mouth to his chin. See more »

Alternate Versions

Sci-fi channel version ommits strong profanity. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Iria: Zeiram the Animation (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme Song for GUNHED
Performed by Aireen
Music by Takayuki Baba
Arranged by Takayuki Negishi
Sung by Mariko Nagai
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Inventive and Fun
20 August 2004 | by Cacus7See all my reviews

Ganheddo was produced by the same Japanese studio which brought us Godzilla, and it shows... but in a good way. Where many, higher-budgeted films of the time were moving to computer-generated effects, Toho stuck with scale models and stop-animation, giving this movie a gritty look not often found in films of similar provenance.

Though the plot is difficult to keep up with at times, it is still enjoyable, made especially the more so by the character of Seven. This movie will be a godsend for fans of the Mechwarrior/vertical tank type stories. The plot revolves around a group of scavengers who happen across a defunct lair controlled by machines, cyborgs, and their master, a central computer. The scavengers are after a rare power source which fuels the complex. Having detected their presence, the computer counts down to self destruct. Matters are complicated when one of the crew becomes incorporated into the machine's consciousness.

Good cinematography, decent acting, and a fantastic story all contribute to this film's warrants. It's too bad that CGI has taken the forefront -- I think modern filmmakers could learn a lesson from this one.


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