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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 birds is awakened on a Japanese island shortly after the 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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Trivia

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 »

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 UK version replaces some pieces of the film's original score in favor of heavy metal tunes. See more »

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References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »

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Cooky but Good ...
7 October 2006 | by Vic_maxSee all my reviews

A surprisingly good movie for fans of the genre! I had low expectations of this film and expected to quit watching it after 5 minutes. However, I'm glad to say I continued watching to the end. Yes, it's hokey - the monsters look like men in monster suits and Tokyo is again at risk. Yet - there's something fresh about this movie. First - it takes place in a more modern setting than the 60s and 70s - large flat screen panels and the like are present. Second, this film didn't have the look of a low-budget movie. It looks like the producers had a decent budget and used it well.

Like the earlier movies, though much more appealingly executed, are the breadth of the settings - the ocean, islands, boats, power stations, downtown Tokyo, space, and more. All the classic scenes you'd expect in a movie modeled after those of the 60s and 70s are present and nicely updated.

If a good old-fashioned style Japanese monster movie piques your interest, this movie won't disappoint. I enjoyed it.


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