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Gunhed

3.7 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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In 2025, the Khyron 5 Super Computer declared war on the world. The Allied Forces then attacked Khyron's base on island 8JO. Nobody won, so 13 years later a small team of techno bandits and a lone Texas Air Ranger are about to land on 8JO. Get ready for the ultimate cyber rumble!

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Product Details

  • Actors: Brenda Bakke, Mickey Curtis, James Brewster Thompson, Kaori Mizushima, Doll Nguyen
  • Directors: Alan Smithee, James Bannon, Masato Harada
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: November 30, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00062J0CQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,856 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Curtis G VINE VOICE on January 11, 2012
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We all have our guilty pleasures. I saw "Gunhed" back in 1989 when it opened in Okinawa City, Okinawa. I had seen a huge write-up in NEWTYPE magazine and having been a fan of Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot since childhood, I just had to see this "giant robot" movie. Some buddies and I went on a quest to find it, and I was thrilled that we made the effort. I've seen the Japanese version of Gunhed numerous times, and I have to admit that I still don't understand the logic of Kyron's scheme to take over the world. I don't get why Seven's mouth glows, or why she needs to stand over the vial of Texmexium when the clock runs out. But that's okay. Gunhed satisfied my urge to see a kick-butt big robot movie. That half the dialogue was in English with Japanese "side-titles" was a bonus.

ADV Films' Gunhed DVD (2004 release) was something I'd anticipated for, literally, years. And although I was disappointed about the initial information I'd managed to glean about the DVD (full frame, English dub), I was nevertheless encouraged because I was really impressed with how well ADV did with--and how much work they put into--the new Gamera Trilogy. But from the very first seconds of the DVD, I knew something had gone terribly wrong.

The source print is terrible; the picture is too bright and the colors are desaturated. The transfer is blurry, as if you're watching through a dirty window. (My 20-year-old VHS copy of the original Japanese laserdisc far surpasses this DVD.) The title credits are jumpy and smeared.
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Loosely-based on the manga books by Kia Asamiya, the basic premise of this film is that a gang of scavengers lands on what they think is a deserted island that was used to build war machines by automation, with the hope to find a treasure trove in abandoned military hardware that they can resell on the black market.

Unfortunately they don't know that the island is not only still alive with activity, but it is well-guarded by the previous inhabitants, and the survivors end up having to enlist the services of a Gun UNit/Heavy Elimination Device (GUNHED) battle robot in order to fight back against the forces left on the island.

This reminds me a lot of the Toho movies like Godzilla or such. Except instead of giant mutated monsters you have giant autonomous weapons. One thing that was really fun about watching this movie was the amount of effort that was put into the set design. You really get the feeling that the characters have stepped into a large factory that has danger at every turn. The Gunhed robot itself has a real sense of scale, and there are some funny dialogue interchanges between the pilot and the GUNHED AI computer.

There are a couple of scenes which could have been done better, and some of the script is muddled at best. Many of the characters aren't given much development time either, so you wonder if they were needed at all or if somehow they had larger roles but due to budget constraints, they couldn't be given more screen time (as such, they are given quick exits, conveniently provided for by the environment).

In short, if you like Japanese robot design, model robot building, or sci-fi action in general, you might like this film. There is only one volume of this DVD by the way, and this is the complete movie itself.
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I love this. I first saw it as a music video by the band Front Line Assembly, called Mindphaser. I was curious what that movie was about, finally tracked it down and got it. Basically, I would recoomend it to someone interested in mecha style films, giant monster films, and Japanese films. While not in the category of such newer films by studios like Tokyo Shock, it is very good, and draws you in. It reminds me of a dystopic sci-fi film from the 80's called Savannah Electric:Monochrome Dystopia, but far more commercial and palatable to general sci-fi audiences. Fun.
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By Ace Rimmer on September 16, 2012
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This movie was Japanese and no one understands giant fighting robots like the Japanese. That said, every thing was grey. The sets and both sides of the fighting. So it was very hard to work out what was actually happening. The movie was wonderfully corney, though.
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Set in the not to distant future, Gunhed is somewhat reminisent of the cult classic Robot Jocks, and is one hell of a movie. If you want non stop action and adventure, well this is for you.
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If you like live action Japanese Mecha Sci Fi using models instead of just CGI then this for you.

Live action anime but not cheesy.

So So effects & acting better than most garbage put out now a days.
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High-concept Sci-Fi adventure about an island that actually is a computer called Kyron 5, itself created to design and manufacture super-advanced robots to be used as slaves for the rest of the world. One day Kyron decides that human beings are unnecessary, so it declares war on the world. But Kyron cannot be tamed, and after many lives are lost in the attempt, mankind decides to leave Kyron to its own devices. Ahhh, but Kyron is up to something, something big! We pick up the story 13 years after the "Robot Wars" on the island have ended, and a scavenger crew visits the island in order to try and scoop up some Gunhed parts which are extremely valuable on the black market. These "Gunhed" units are actually gigantic, transformer-styled tanks with individual personalities that were used in the war against Kyron, but their burnt-out carcasses were left to rust on the island. A little bit "Terminator 2," a little bit "Blade Runner," a little bit "Alien," this Japanese import totally delivers the goods. Superior story and production design.
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