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
The comma-shaped amulet related to Gamera throughout the Hesei series is called Magatama in Japan. It was initially used as decorative jewelry and later found religious and ceremonial uses. Artifacts have been dated from approximately 1000 BCE to 500 CE. See more »
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 »
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 »
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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