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Gamera Daikaiju Kuchu Kessen

Gamera: Guardian of the Universe

Japan 1995
produced by
Shigeru Ohno, Tsutomu Tsuchikawa, Seiji Urushido, Yasuyoshi Tokuma (executive), Hiroyuki Kato (executive) for Daiei, Hakuhodo Inc, Nippon Television Network (= NTV)
directed by Shusuke Kaneko
starring Shinobu Nakayama, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Akira Onodera, Ayako Fujitani, Yukojiro Hotaru, Hitsunori Hasegawa, Horotaro Honda, Kojiro Hongo, Takashi Matsuo
written by Kazunori Oto, music by Ko Otani, creatures created by Tomoo Haraguchi

Gamera, Gaos

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Two not quite comforting things happen in Japan around the same time: First, a ship carrying thousands of tons of Plutonion crashes into an island that has seemingly come out of nowhere, & second, 3 giant bird creatures attack people.

The Japanese gouvernment has the great idea to capture the bird creatures alive, & hire doctor Nagami (Shinobu Nakayama) to do it wor them. She thinks the idea is whack (it is, as it later turns out) but still devices a plan to lure the 3 birds into the Fukuoka baseball stadium, then close the stadium's roof on top of them ... A plan that is spoiled when the soldiers get trigger happy before the roof is closed, & one of the birds escapes ... only to be stopped cold in Fukuoka harbour on its escape, when seemingly out of nowhere, a giant sabretooth turtle emerges from the water (the turtle by the way is Gamera & has previously been taken for above mentioned island). Then the turtle heads for the stadium, destroying everything in his way, & tries to kill the other 2 birds too, but they manage to free themselves & escape. Gamera, able to fly as well, flies off too, spinning around like an UFO.

Doing a bit of research, doc Nagami & her newfound friends, professor Kusanagi (Akira Onodera), his daughter Asagi (Ayako Fujitani) & Yonemori (Tsuyoshi Ihara), who's something with the army, uncover a message presumably from Atlantis from 12.000 years ago, which says that both the turtle Gamera as well as the birds, now called Gaos, are artificial creatures, & while Gaos has led to the downfall of Atlantis, Gamera was their only hope to defend Atlantis, but the turtle arrived too late ... & now it seems history is repeating itself ...

Soon, our heroes head off to an island where the Gaos were last sighted & immediately get into the thick of it, when one Gaos attacks them & they are only just saved by Gamera, who shoots a blast from his mouth to kill it.

But when Gamera goes after the last surviving Gaos, the army attacks Gamera with missiles, since the gouvernment has decided to kill Gamera but capture the Gaos alive (those fools ...).

Soon, Gamera, gravely wounded, retreats to the depths of the Ocean while the last surviving Gaos heads for Tokyo to have a night on the town, & when a missile intended for him blasts away Tokyo tower, he takes the ruins as his new living quarters.

But now it turns out that little Asagi has a telepathic link with Gamera & she calls him to Tokyo ... where the 2 monsters have a fierce showdown, as they battle in the city, above the city and in outer space.

A no-prize for who guesses the winner (hint: Tokyo has not een destroyed by a bird-creature - yet) ...


Despite some enjoyably whacky moments, the Gamera-series is in general considered inferior to the pretty similar Godzilla-series, & by and large I tend to agree, & the new series wouldn't do much better than the classic series ... There's monsters destroying the city all right (& who doesn't love that), but then again there are also endless stretches of dialogue that don't really seem to go anywhere & unnecessarily slow down the film a bit. Of course, it's still nice once the monsters are onscreen (if this is your cup of tea of course, otherwise, don't watch it).

The creature Gaos by the way has, apart from an outward similarity (& of course the name), little to do with Gaos from Gamera vs Gaos, the weird vampirelike monster that only hunts by night, & Gamera: Guardian of the Universe is certainly not a remake of that movie even if some sources would like to have it that way.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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