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Gamera: Guardian of the Universe
Gamera Guardian of the Universe
Actors: Tsuyoshi Ihara, Akira Onodera, Shinobu Nakayama, Ayako Fujitani, Yukijir˘ Hotaru
Genres: Indie & Art House, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Anime & Manga, Animation
UR     2003     1hr 36min

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 near...  more »


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Actors: Tsuyoshi Ihara, Akira Onodera, Shinobu Nakayama, Ayako Fujitani, Yukijir˘ Hotaru
Genres: Indie & Art House, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Anime & Manga, Animation
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Science Fiction, Anime & Manga, Animation
Studio: Adv Films
Format: DVD - Color,Anamorphic - Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 03/18/2003
Original Release Date: 04/16/1997
Theatrical Release Date: 04/16/1997
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 36min
Screens: Color,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

The More Mature Gamera
GameraRocks | Gillsville, GA USA | 12/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This first in the trilogy pits Gamera against his long time and fan favorite foe Gyaos. The Gamera series takes a more mature tone and drops the childish themes the series was originally known for. This movie along with the following two focuses on adults and has nothing to do with children. Good film with excellent storyline and acting. This probably has the weakest special effects out of the trilogy, but that doesn't mean that the fx are terrible, quite the opposite, the special fx are amazing, nothing extremely special about it. A kaiju must, those who are not even Gamera fans and only Godzilla fans will really enjoy this movie and become fans of the giant turtle. It did it to me! Like the Godzilla movies, the story is completely different from the original series of the 60's, 70's and 1980. Incredible movie, but the best was yet to come! Kaneko is the best kaiju director of our time and this was his first time directing a movie like this, he would later go on to direct the other two and also direct Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah Giant Monsters All Out Attack which is considered one of the best Godzilla movies of all time! Fantastic movie, believe me, go get a copy and see it! You won't be disappointed!"
A new turtle
creature king | Dark jungles were creatures roam | 12/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"After years of not being on Shuesko kaneko decided to direct a brand new gamera series(Yeah!)In the beggining a giant rock is in the middle of the ocean.A man is in a store looking for food for a man when a young japense girl named asangi is the mans they dig up some of the rock and an ancient stone is inside of it.At japan mutant bats/birds are attacking japan."
Return of The Kaiju
Draconis Blackthorne | The Haunted Noctuary | 09/16/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Mega-turtle Gamera sleeps in the deep and is summoned forth by a girl who retains a sympathetic connection through a comma-shaped rock pendant, to do battle with an old enemy in Gyaos, the monster pterodactyl who feasts on human beings. Gamera's whereabouts are divulged when a team of oceanographers discover an island which conceals a mystical megalith encribed with actual Futhark runes, describing the prophesy of the monsters returning when the world is in perceived environmental peril.*

The little humans are predictably afraid of the monsters, and seek to destroy both of them, despite Gamera's heroic inclinations, but after awhile, they realize Gamera is the only great beast who can battle Gyaos, who has set up nest atop Tokyo Tower in the middle of the city. Instead of luring the giant away, the seemingly idiotic military deem to destroy the pterodactyl right there amidst the metropolitan surroundings. Their battle destroys the city at the cost of only a few human lives {in which Gyaos treats herself to "canned human" as she peels away subway trains, shaking the residents into her mouth}.

With the help of the life-force of the girl, Gamera gathers up enough energy to defeat Gyaos, which takes them from the city to the ocean, and even into outer space. Though Gamera receives some potent blows, thus also effecting the girl, he prevails in the end, with a nod of recognition.


* This is the constant theme underlying oriental monster mythology, as these "monsters" are an incarnate metaphor for "Nature's Avengers", as it were. This can also be seen most dramatically in the Godzilla films."