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Gamera: Guardian of the Universe

4.1 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews

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A plan to dump radioactive waste at sea is disrupted when a mysterious atoll appears at the dumping location. That atoll proves to be something altogether different when hideous flying reptiles, the Gyaos, attack a nearby island-and the atoll rises from the sea. It is Gamera! The super turtle combats both a misguided military and the man-eating Gyaos, with help from a courageous naval officer, an intrepid ornithologist and a beautiful young psychic. Don't miss the most incredible slam-bang, knock-down monster slug-fest ever as Gamera turtle-waxes the evil Gyaos through downtown Tokyo in GAMERA: GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE!

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  • Actors: Tsuyoshi Ihara, Akira Onodera, Shinobu Nakayama, Ayako Fujitani, Yukijirô Hotaru
  • Directors: Shûsuke Kaneko
  • Writers: Matt Greenfield, James Shanks, Kazunori Itô
  • Producers: Hiroyuki Kato, Matt Greenfield, Seiji Urushido, Shigeru Ohno
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: ADV Films
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000844JH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,184 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gamera: Guardian of the Universe" on IMDb

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I remember watching this particular movie when I was about 10 years or so, and it was on a video tape. I rented from a video store when there were thriving in business before DVDs and Blue Rays as well as Youtube, Netflix, Hulu, & Crackle dominated home entertainment. I wasn't aware of the fact that this was the first reboot of the Heisei era of kaiju movies [the second was Gamera the Brave - Millennium era 2006] compared to its first film from the Shōwa era - Gamera the Invincible from 1965. It was at my childhood that I really enjoyed kaiju movies like Godzilla and Gamera that made such an impact as I marveled on how talented [and destructive] these movies can be. So jumping over 10 years into my future, where I forgot about kaiju movies and focuses on school and careers, one night I just on youtube on my laptop and for some odd reason I start to remember kaiju movies again. When I typed in Gamera, all three eras of giant turtle were full length movies and free to watch. After watching them on YouTube I wanted to find a DVD or BlueRay of Gamera. THIS ONE, Gamera: Guardian of the Universe, was a bit tricky to purchase it was outrageous...until one person here on Amazon made an offer I couldn't refuse for $6 plus $3.99 for shipping & handling. I was not expecting a special custom made box for not just the first movie, but the other two that make the Gamera Trilogy.

NOW THIS MOVIE, which I personally believe is much better the 1965 original, is definitely WORTH WATCHING. It takes away the silly sequels from its past and rebuilds itself to what it once was from the first film. DO NOT be fooled that this is remake of GAMERA VS. GYAOS. Unlike that movie, it establishes a concrete origin story about the two creatures from an ancient civilization [Atlantis or Mu].
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First, you must be a fan of this Genre'. With that understood, this new take on the old "Gamera vs. Gaos" movie is truely a 5-star effort.
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.
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Possibly the single best Kaiju movie of the Heisei period. If you liked the 2014 Hollywood Godzilla you really will enjoy this. It hits the perfect blend of brutal destruction and horror, awesome Kaiju action, top notch effects, compelling human characters and story, and the perfect blend between disaster horror/SciFo science and mysticism that this sort of subject requires.

This is NOT the Gamera of your childhood. This is not the silly horrible stuff you saw MST3K riff on. This is a truly great movie that surpasses most of the modern era Godzilla movies. (The director of these three 90's Gamera movies did so well that Toho brought him in to do a 2004 Godzilla movie). Of the three Heisei Gamera Trilogy movies Guardian of the Universe is probably the best all around. The monsters and effects improve with the next two, but this has the best overall stand alone story. If you have not seen this you will not be disappointed. It is a great evening in.
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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. Fifteen years after Daiei Film was forced to close shop on the big guy, director Shusuke Kaneko (Death Note) breathed new life into the franchise and established my personal favorite era of Gamera. The "Guardian" trilogy provides an appealingly mature contrast to the goofier installments of the past, and while I consider this initial entry to be the weakest of the three, it's still a lot of fun.

The story: The discovery of a species of carnivorous, flying predator called the Gyaos coincides with the arrival of an enormous monster identified as Gamera. With the military confused about which entity to target, the salvation of the human race depends on Gamera's psychic connection with an unassuming young girl (Ayako Fujitani, Tokyo!).

Gamera is fantastic, here. Whether or not you approve of his new Atlantean origins, it's cool that he's such a heroic figure. Naoaki Manabe and Jun Suzuki do a fantastic job with the costume, and the filmmakers are very successful in establishing a titanic sense of scale. I wish I could be as unilaterally praiseful of his rivals. Though notable for being the first time that a woman (Yuhmi Kaneyama) has played a kaiju, the Gyaos look a lot less realistic and have a harder time coming across as gigantic...at least until the final showdown. Without spoiling anything, the Gyaos aren't actually a match for Gamera until a final, larger specimen shows up for the last battle.
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I was pleasantly surprised at this movie. If you are renting a Japanese monster movie, you know what you are getting into. This movie is a step above. How can you not love a giant fanged turtle that flies by shooting jets out its backside leg holes? A great popcorn movie.
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