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The Guyver (1991)

Guyver (original title)
PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi | 3 June 1992 (France)
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A young man discovers a mechanical device that merges with his own body, turning him into a cyborg superhero. When strange creatures start appearing, trying to take the device back, he ... See full summary »

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Jon Purdy (screenplay by), Yoshiki Takaya (based on characters created by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greg Joung Paik ... Dr. Tetsu Segawa (as Greg Paik)
Jimmie Walker ... Striker (as Jimmy Walker)
Peter Spellos ... Ramsey
Michael Berryman ... Lisker
Spice Williams-Crosby ... Weber (as Spice Williams)
Mark Hamill ... Max Reed
Jack Armstrong ... Sean Barker / The Guyver
Johnnie Saiko ... Craig
Vivian Wu ... Mizky Segawa
Deborah Anne Gorman Deborah Anne Gorman ... Ms. Jenson (as Deborah Gorman)
Danny Gibson Danny Gibson ... Aikido Instructor's Assistant
Willard E. Pugh ... Col. Castle
David Gale ... Fulton Balcus
'Evil' Ted Smith 'Evil' Ted Smith ... Ronnie (as Ted Smith)
Doug Simpson Doug Simpson ... Quinton
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A young man discovers a mechanical device that merges with his own body, turning him into a cyborg superhero. When strange creatures start appearing, trying to take the device back, he begins to uncover a secret plot to genetically engineer terrifying monsters. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Lost for centuries...only one man can activate it! See more »

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Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi

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Rated PG-13 for violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 1992 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Guyver See more »

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| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jeffrey Comb's character is named Dr. East, a pun to his role as Dr. Herbest West in the Re-Animator movies that also deal in experimenting with the human body. See more »

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As the Guyver is about to rip the arm off a Zoanoid, the view jumps to three other Zoanoids standing together reacting to it, one of them being Striker who was moments previously thrown to the other end of the scene by the Guyver. See more »

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[opening scroll]
Narrator: At the beginning of time, aliens came to the Earth to create the ultimate organic weapon. They created Mankind. By planting a special gene into man they created the ZOANOIDS - Humans who can change at will into super monster soldiers. Eons later, the Zoanoid leader, called the ZOALORD, has awakened formed the Chronos Corporation to further develop the Zoanoid technology for world domination. Among the alien remains, was found the "Unit" - a bio boosted alien armor. ...
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Get your own Guyver unit at S-Mart, Shop smart, shop S-Mart. See more »

Connections

References Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) See more »

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Twisted Mutant Insane Cyborgs
2 September 2003 | by Sambo9000See all my reviews

Despite what many reviews say, I really liked this. It may be dated in special effects, and be crawling in flaws, but it is a generally enjoyable movie. Sean Barker finds a strange alien mechanical looking device that merges with his own body, turning him into a cyborg-like superhero. When Zoanoids, Werewolf like people that can turn into mutants, appear and start chasing him down in order to obtain the device, Sean uncovers Khronos Corp.'s evil schemes.

Fans of the Guyver cartoon and comics may or may not like it. A lot of the "best bits" from the cartoon's storyline are involved in this movie but are done slightly differently. While the action and Zoanoids(monsters) seem like an adult version of the Power Rangers, and some of the tongue-in-cheek gags almost take over the Guyver's story, something about the movie is just irresistible. The problem is it's impossible to put your finger on what it is.

Reminiscent of a lot of the late 80s to early 90's action comic inspired movies, the movie never takes itself too seriously. Weather that's a good or bad thing is your decision. There are times where the comic relief, or purposely amusing action scenes can start to become annoying, as any fan of The Guyver is obviously looking for some serious action and gore. It does have it's moments in that department, however.

The movie covers most of the main Guyver story, apart from the actual origin of the Guyver. A sequel, "The Guyver: Dark Hero" spawned from this(although it can be watched on it's own and understood, especially if you have seen the cartoon or read the comics), which takes The Guyver much more seriously, and uncovers the origin of the Guyver, whilst at the same time throws constant violent action at you.

Casting is good in the means of appearance, Mark Hamill as a CIA agent must have boosted the sales of the film, and Michael Berryman makes the perfect mutant, with his bald head and evil stare, but the acting could use some work.

Hardcore fans of the cartoon or comics may be iffy about the tongue-in-cheek humor used in this movie, but as long as it's not taken too seriously it can be a great movie to watch. The important part is that it FEELS like The Guyver. If you don't want to put up with lots of flaws and comic relief gags, then go for "The Guyver: Dark Hero" which is much more similar to the cartoons and comics.


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