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Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)

Gamera daikaijû kuchu kessen (original title)
Unrated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 16 April 1997 (USA)
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.

Director:

Shûsuke Kaneko

Writers:

Kazunori Itô, James Shanks (UK version)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tsuyoshi Ihara ... Yoshinari Yonemori
Akira Onodera Akira Onodera ... Naoya Kusangi
Shinobu Nakayama Shinobu Nakayama ... Mayumi Nagamine
Ayako Fujitani ... Asagi Kusanagi
Yukijirô Hotaru Yukijirô Hotaru ... Insp. Osako
Hatsunori Hasegawa ... Col. Satake
Hirotarô Honda Hirotarô Honda ... Mr. Saito
Akira Kubo Akira Kubo ... Captain of the Kairyumaru
Kôjirô Hongô Kôjirô Hongô ... Captain of the Nojima
Takashi Matsuo Takashi Matsuo ... Taxi driver
Yoshihiko Hakamada ... Michiya
Tomiko Ishii Tomiko Ishii ... Female Grocery store Owner
Jun Fubuki Jun Fubuki ... Housewife with her son in Grocery store
Yuka Sakano Yuka Sakano ... Yukino - Asagi's Friend in Aquarium
Sarina Kô Sarina Kô ... Female Newsrepoter on Himegami Island
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Storyline

The giant flying turtle is back for this 1995 Japanese feature where once again Gamera's intentions are misinterpreted by the military. All Gamera wants to do is take on his old enemy, Gyaos, the giant prehistoric bird who has nested atop Tokyo Tower. Written by Humberto Amador

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

16 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gamera: Guardian of the Universe See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Budget:

JPY 5,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film's Japanese poster is a nearly identical recreation of the Japanese poster of the first film in which Gamera fought Gyaos, Gamera vs. Gyaos (1967). See more »

Goofs

The runes on the stone are not from the Pyrenees or Etruria, but are just normal unchanged runes from the Elder Futhark which were used in Scandinavia before and during the Viking age. See more »

Quotes

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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Alternate Versions

The US video version (the print used also on the Region 1 DVD) superimposes black boxes with green English text within them over any Japanese text. ADV Films, the American distributor, did not use this same technique in the two sequels. See more »

Connections

References Mothra (1961) See more »

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Good kaiju film *** out of 5

Let it be said that I do not understand why everyone raves over the quality and production values of this film. It certainly isn't any better than the Godzilla films being made at that time. It's a lot better than the original Gamera films when it comes to production values, of course, but after seeing the film I wasn't sure what all the fuss was about.

I've heard people exclaim that this may very well be the ultimate kaiju film and in my eyes it's anything but.

It's not any better nor is it any worse than the typical kaiju film. But if you're a fan of the genre like I am you will definitely consider it a solid kaiju film.

Some of the battle scenes are really fun and Gyaos has always been my favorite Gamera foe.

I look forward to finally seeing the sequels, which are hailed quite highly too. I just hope that those live up to the hype.


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