Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Gamera the Brave|
Director: Ryuta Tasaki
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Gamera is a touching story of a boy and his alien turtle, something I'm sure we can all relate to. But if you have a hard time picturing that scenario, just think E.T. by way of giant monster combat.
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Terrific entry that missed it's audience...
Bob Eggleton | Providence, RI United States | 12/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw GAMERA THE BRAVE with an open mind. From the get-go it appeared I was in for a kiddie film along the lines of Toho's uneven REBIRTH OF MOTHRA series-somewhat forgettable. However, seeing it... Gamera The Brave exheeded expectations. The thing it had against it was how can another Gamera film top Shusuke Kaneko's terrific 90's trilogy of films? Well, it doesn't top it and doesn't need to-you don't have to make comparisons-it's apples and oranges. GAMERA THE BRAVE is it's own little film, that happens yet again, in another timeline, another "Gamera Universe" as it were. The film opens with a terrific "retro" battle, in 1973, with Gamera and several Gyaos flying monsters-witnessed by among others, a young boy(All of the cast here are dressed appropriately in 1970's clothes and have 70's haircuts-a nice detail). Gamera, shown full grown in 1973, is re-imagined and much more of a gnarled-looking giant tortoise. This takes place all during the credits with some fantastic and unique music in the background soundtrack. A massive explosion and Gamera is gone-with the Gyaos. Flash forward to 2006 when a young boy-the son of the young boy we first see in 1973 but all grown up- finds a small egg on what's left of the island Gamera made his last stand on. The egg hatches into a small turtle which keeps on getting bigger. Meanwhile, the Japanese government announces it is disbanding the division of the military who dealt with giant monsters, since none have been seen since 1973. Elsewhere, ships begin disappearing mysteriously...as the small Gamera-named "Toto"- grows ever more...and senses something is not right.
The film has terrific visual effects. Flawless, I'd even say wih regards to matting and working in digital CG work with old-school rubber suits and miniatures. There is also some great character development and, at the end of the film, it adds up to a coherent, memorable and "quiet" giant monster film that leaves you with a good feeling. It entertains adults as much as kids-a rarity. There's also some genuinely funny scenes including an in-joke to the 1960's films.
GAMERA THE BRAVE came out quietly in Japan, never took off at the box office and, failed leading many filmmakers to conclude once and for all, that the Kaiju Eiga genre is dead to audiences there.
It's a terrific film and worthy of any Kaiju-fan's collection of films."
The subtitled Japanese version is awesome!
JOHN MCVEY | 12/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you are a fan of the recent Japanese run of Gamera movies, this rendition is a can't miss! They covered all the bases; there was character development, there were cute and cuddly baby turtles, there were giant monster fights with the correspondingly gratuitous eye-candy/collateral damage."
Charles D. Rosmus | 01/08/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Glad I bought it, I knew it was a kids movie when I bought it allways loved Gamera, only rated it 4 for on reason the plot was great the actors good, but it lacked the old sound of Gamera ie) flying and screaming voice other than that if thay had done that I would have gave it a 5 :)"
A cute little movie
Nicole Peterson | Moscow, Idaho United States | 10/16/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, first I have to get it out of the way... Ohmigod he's so CUTE! He's just this itty-bitty...and then he...With the egg...and the flying...and he squeaks...and the knife..and the fire...
Okay - deep breath - recovered now. ASIDE from the absolute adorable-ness of Toto/Gamera, I quite enjoyed this movie. Overall, it was nicely put together and quite entertaining.
As mentioned in other reviews, though, this movie really centers around the main character (can't remember his name, I'm ashamed to say) and his relationship with Toto/Gamera. Having lost his mother recently, the boy makes friends with a baby turtle. He names the turtle Toto, which is what his mother used to call him. Now a monster has appeared. The boy and his friends begin to suspect that Toto is a new Gamera... but the last Gamera sacrificed itself to save the city. Is Toto Gamera? If he fights the monster, will he die?
If you're just looking for two monsters beating each other up, there's not a lot of that here. Toto doesn't even actually become Gamera until almost the end of the movie. That's just not what the movie's about.
Some good and bad stuff:
Good- The kid. Face it, movie kids always have the potential to be REALLY annoying (have you seen any of the old Gamera movies?), but that's not a problem here.
The turtle. As mentioned before, it's just so darned cute. There are a couple parts that I felt were a bit *too* cute (the kitchen scene was a bit much), but it is a children's movie.
Zebus. Not a very special monster. Just a big pinkish lizardy thing. I consider that to be a plus in this case. Given that the monster battle is a less important part of the story than the characters/relationships, I'm glad they didn't go nuts with a super-mega-ultra-powerful whatsis. Something like Legion (from the other Gamera series) would have been terribly out of place here.
Bad- The red pearl. Not Gamera's red stone. I'm talking about the one that guy ( I suck at names) uses to make the bracelet for his daughter before her surgery. The scientists have some as well. WHY are they so tacky? I've seen better looking stuff at the dollar store. Maybe that's just me. Oh well.
Weird- The whole "Kidnap Gamera and Take Him to Our Secret Lab So We Can Pump Him Full Of Red Liquid We Made From These (Tacky) Red Pearls" thing. They try to explain that the (tacky) red pearls are bits left over from the last Gamera and they're full of "Gamera Energy" or something like that, but it definitely feels like a speedbump in the movie.
The Red Stone Relay. Very dramatic and inspirational. But the whole time, I kept thinking "Gamera is a friend to all children." Maybe these kids know that...have *they* seen the old movies?
Wrap up: I do recommend this movie if you are a Gamera fan. Just remember, this is not a movie about two monsters. It's about a boy and his turtle."