Gamera: Guardian of the Universe
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The special effects were suprisingly good. Still using rubber suits and beutifully detailed models, this movie keeps the old charm. And now, the tasteful use of Digital effects for Gamera's Fire Ball Breath and Jets, brings this movie into the nineties.
It is enjoyable and fun for kids young and old. I recommend it highly to all fans.
The origin of Gamera has been rewritten in this first film in the new series (G2 1997, G3 1999); Gamera is not an ancient race of giant turtles, that has accidently been awaken by nuclear testing - He's/She is some leftover biotech weapon from the anchient civilazation of Atlantis! He's left as an guardian against the people of Atlantis biggest biotech blunder; The Gyaos!
The story; A population of Gyaos have hatched on a island. The islanders and a professor and his team gets eaten. A huge floating atoll is found in the pacific - Is there a connection?
The Gyaos move in towards the Japan mainland, and attempt is made to capture the creatures. The Atoll inreases speed towards this location, Gamera arises in the harbour - The battle can begin!
A very enjoyable movie! Contains not so much digital effects as the later Gamera films - The gyaos for instance look very rubbery. But Gamera new "flame trower" is impressive. It's also fun to see him do the real Kaju thing; Wreck the tokyo tower...
The most remembered line in this film; "I would like to take you out, in a monster free Tokyo..."
This dubbed version has a more pumped up sound track then the subtitled version.
Looking for Gamera 2 and 3?
In Japan a Dvd box has been released, containing G1/G2/G3 that carry English subtitles. Japanese Dvd:s does however have a region 2 coding. Try to find Cd Japan, Japanese site, in English - That's all info I can give here
Well, Gamera is back in a big way in "Gamera: Guardian of the Universe," a 1990s update of the classic character. Remakes and updates are always tricky undertakings, but screenwriter Kazunori Ito and director Shusuke Kaneko have done an excellent job. The secret of their success is simple: they remain true to the original concept and characterization of Gamera, while bringing a high-tech 90s sensibility to the execution.
In this film, ancient monster Gamera is reawakened to the contemporary world. He forms a telepathic bond with a young woman, and engages in fantastic battles with a species of predatory flying reptile known as Gyaos.
This new "Gamera" is an exciting, superbly made film. A coherent script, good performances by an engaging human cast, effective special effects, and a thrilling musical score all contribute to the film's overall success. The filmmakers have expertly blended the excitement of an action film with the timeless feel of myth. And most importantly, this new Gamera retains the quirky charm that made his earlier incarnations so memorable. Fans of Japanese giant monster films will be in heaven when they see "Gamera."
This first film of the new series is damn impressive. The story is clever. And Gamera's new origin makes him a good guy, so we're rooting for him in a way we rarely get to with Godzilla. But what makes or breaks a kaiju film for me is the fights.
This has some great ones, full of twists and turns. More than once did I wait in sheer suspense as I wondered how Gamera would defeat his foe, and I was blown away with his eventual triumph. (Hope that doesn't ruin the movie, but I assumed everyone already knows he's gonna win in the end.)
The next two films in this series are every bit as worthwhile. So I say it's a big universe. Big enough for Godzilla and Gamera to coexist peacefully. Of course they are giant monsters, and monsters tend to fight.
Gamera vs Godzilla? Never gonna happen. But wouldn't it be cool?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
might be a good movie if in english where I could understandPublished 4 months ago by Robert Underwood
Always been a fan of cheesy Japanese monster flicks. This is one of the better ones.Published 4 months ago by Gabriel Wright
Possibly the single best Kaiju movie of the Heisei period. If you liked the 2014 Hollywood Godzilla you really will enjoy this. Read morePublished 5 months ago by RoboGriffey
Posted the same thing for the other 2 gamera movies. Its in Japanese with English subtitles and it doesn't say it anywherePublished 9 months ago by Forrest Rojas
I remember watching this particular movie when I was about 10 years or so, and it was on a video tape. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Alex Phillips
Gamera is my monster. I was never the world's biggest kaiju fan, but that monster turtle has my unending enthusiasm, particularly when it comes to his most recent trilogy. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Michael Seahorn
Out theJapanese version with English subtitles no notes on on the description very disappointed good movie anyways I don't want to listen to read in Japanese and read the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Attackbeast
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