GAMERA:GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE

GAMERA:GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE-Japan-1995

Directed by Shûseke Kaneko

Dialogue by Matt Greenfield

Written by Kazunori Itô

Starring

Tsuyoshi Ihara

Akira Onodera

Shinobu Nakayama

Ayako Fujitani

BLOOD LIGHT PRESENTS REAL MONSTERS OF GENIUS

Real Monsters of Genius

Today we salute you, Mr. Giant flying Japanese turtle.

He’s a turtle, not a tortoise!!

You’re the go-to guy when it comes to getting rid of those pesky cannibalistic birds known as the Gyaos.

It’s a giant flying big bird cannibal holocaust crunch and munch!!

Not only can you fly like an eagle, you can shoot mighty flames out of your mouth that look like big giant gas balls.

Ooooooooowwwwww, the big turtle’s got gas so you better stand back!!

But above all that, you managed to form a psychic bond with a really hot teenage girl.

She’s Steven Seagal‘s daughter, but she doesn’t have her daddy’s looks oh thank you, Lord!!

So lift up your flipper, roar that roar you roar so well and take a big Japanese monster flying turtle bow.

You saved us all, you big guy!!

And grab yourself an ice cold BLOOD LIGHT. 

You deserve it, big fella!!

All joking aside I’m sure you’re probably asking why I would bother reviewing a Japanese giant monster film. The best answer I can give you is a deceptively simple one; I review it because it’s fun. After reviewing films like “Deadgirl” and “Antichrist” I began to feel down. Neither one of those films could be described as ‘touch me feel me’ films. In fact, they can be downright depressing if you let them. So I knew that I needed a change. That’s where Gamera comes into play. Sometimes you need to review a film that has no hidden social message, no famous big name actors and that makes you feel like a complete and total kid again. Sure, Gamera is a giant flying turtle. Sure, he can fly and shoot giant fireballs and form psychic bonds with teenage girls played by Steven Seagal’s daughter. What’s the big fucking deal about that? I wouldn’t have it any other way.

TRIVIA

The gayos creature was performed by a female actress so that it would convey more ‘feminine’ like behavior. Apparently this was the first time a kaiju was ever performed by a woman.

The film’s Japanese poster is a nearly identical recreation of the Japanese poster of the first film in which Gamera fought Gyaos, Daikaijû kûchûsen: Gamera tai Gyaosu.


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I was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina on March 4, 1962. I guess that makes me old, but I certainly don't feel that way. I still play video games and listen to rock and roll music. I love movies, especially horror films. I have a beautiful wife who is my all time best friend. She supports me in everything I do. More importantly, she calls me out on my bullshit. This blog is dedicated to her for everything she's done for me.
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15 Responses to GAMERA:GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE

  1. Mike says:

    Well, just finished the trilogy on blu-ray. All three films are very entertaining and hands down the best Gamera films as far as I’m concerned.

  2. I have a huge soft spot for Gamera
    Grew up watching a lot of these types of movies and Specterman was my favorite with Gamera as a runner-up

  3. tumultuousjourney says:

    Sounds like a fun one, love the commentary.

    • jmount43 says:

      This was the first film in a trilogy of Gamera films directed by Shuseko Kaneko in the late 1990’s. The special effects in the film are head and shoulders above what people are used to seeing in a kaiju (Japanese for monster) film. The second and third films are even better.

  4. Bob Ignizio says:

    Love this “reboot” of the Gamera series. For my money, these were better than the Hesei Godzilla films.

  5. Mike says:

    Haven’t seen any of the newer Gamera flicks but really need to!

    • jmount43 says:

      I’m just glad I finally got some feedback for the post. I was beginning to think there was no interest. I have all three of the Gamera films that were directed by Shuseke Kaneko and each one is better than the last.

      • Mike says:

        I have a ton of monster movies, good and bad and love them all. I support anyone who covers them simply because more people need to watch them.

        • jmount43 says:

          I am a huge Godzilla fan and I used to have every film in the series. But I had debts and had to sell them all. I may start rebuilding my collection. There’s too much fun in those movies to just let them go.

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