Gamera: The Invincible Terrapin 1965 Movie Review

Written by Barney Buckley

Email Address – bbuckley@triad.rr.com

In-depth movie review on the first movie!

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A brief description of what Gamera is?

Gamera is a gigantic flying Terrapin then seen in the giant sci-fi movie known as Gamera the Invincible which came out in 1965.

Is a film that is directed by Noriaki Yuasa who directed most of the Showa Series of Gamera films.

This is the first entry to the Gamera films within the Showa Series and it was theatrically released in the United States.

The Cast for This Film Are

  • Eiji Funakoshi as Dr Hidaka
  • Harumi Kiritachi as Kyoko
  • Junichiro Yamashita as Aoyagi
  • Yoshiro Uchida as Toshio
  • Michiko Sugata as Nobuyo
  • Yoshiro Kitahara as Sakurai
  • Jun Hamamura as Dr. Murase
  • George Hirose as the Japanese ambassador

The Following Cast Were Added in the 1966 American Theatrical Release of the Film:

  • Albert Dekker as the Secretary of Defense
  • Brian Donlevy as Gen. Terry Arnold
  • Diane Findlay as Sgt. Susan Embers
  • John Baragrey as Captain Lovell
  • Dick O’Neill as Gen. O’Neill

Plot

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In an icy North American region, an unknown aircraft is shot down by an American fighter jet. The aircraft crashes and its cargo, a low-level atomic bomb, explodes. The resulting cataclysm awakens a giant, prehistoric monster called Gamera, who has the appearance of a giant turtle with teeth and large tusks. Japanese scientists on an expedition (including Dr. Hidaka, Kyoko, and Aoyagi) nearby are given a “devil stone” by an Eskimo chieftain, who explains that the creature is called Gamera.

Gamera destroys the American jet with his fire breath and escapes into the sea. The monster heads to Japan and surfaces from Sagami Bay, where Toshio, a boy releasing his own pet turtle, sees him. Gamera destroys the city of Fujisawa and a lighthouse. However, he also rescues Toshio from falling from that same lighthouse and then retreats back into the sea. Scientists and government officials hold a conference to discuss killing the monster.

Gamera destroys a research ship, kills the crew and then heads to Tokyo. He is attacked with freeze bombs and blown up, falling onto his back as a result. The scientists indicate that a turtle cannot right itself once on its back and that Gamera will therefore die of starvation. Gamera then pulls his head, limbs and tail into his shell, emits flames out of his arm and leg cavities and flies away by rising up into and spinning around through the air like a flying saucer.

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Toshio and his family decide to stay with an uncle in Tokyo because they have nowhere else to go. Toshio explains to the professor that Gamera is lonely and like regular turtles, he is not evil. Dr. Hidaka, meanwhile, has observed that Gamera consumes fossil fuels, and may seek out atomic bombs for the energy they provide. He also emits radio signals. This leads the Japan Atomic Energy Commission to figure out what to do with its stockpiles. Meanwhile, disasters and accidents start to occur: Koto Ward is struck by flash floods and ships collide in Tokyo Bay. Dr. Hidaka claims that Gamera has caused these accidents because he is hiding in the bay.

An international scientific conference is called, and they decide to use “Z Plan” based at Oshima Island, involving a consortium of American, Soviet and Japanese scientists, to eradicate Gamera. Before any action can be taken, however, Gamera lands at Haneda Airport, destroying the control tower, and proceeds to wreak havoc in Tokyo (including destroying the Tokyo Tower). Toshio and his family evacuate again, but Toshio disappears.

Z Plan is still not ready and the scientists plan to keep Gamera at bay in the meantime by confining him to an oil refinery. Dr. Hidaka has surmised that Gamera is gaining energy by consuming fires at the refinery and they will therefore keep shipping petroleum there by train car to keep Gamera occupied for 24 hours. Toshio has found his way to the refinery and sneaks on board the train to Gamera, chased by the refinery headman, and they are both thrown from the train when it explodes. They are unharmed and Toshio is sent on his way.

In the meantime, Z Plan is completed and Toshio sneaks on board the ship delivering supplies to Oshima. Gamera is lured to Oshima by lighting an oil slick path from Tokyo to the island, but an oncoming typhoon blows the fire out. Aoyagi starts a bonfire and Gamera makes his way to a volcano erupting on the island. The next day, Z Plan is put into action: Gamera is lured to a rocket and blasted off to Mars. The worldwide announcement of success extols the triumph of science over ideology, Aoyagi and Kyoko go off together and Toshio decides he is not sad, because he is going to be a scientist so he can go visit Gamera one day.

Let’s Talk about Some Interesting Facts about the Production of This Film

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The director Noriaki Yuasa did in fact initially began production of a film that was simply titled as Dai Gunju Nezura and this is literally translated as “The Great Rat Swarm” which in fact would literally involve real live rats crawling around over a major set of cities.

The rats that were received for this film came with some baggage such as a whole mess of fleas and it literally halted the production of the film.

With the success all the Toho Motion Picture Company’s Godzilla film that came out in 1954 called “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” would eventually have Noriaki Yuasa of the decision to go ahead and create a film very similar to that one.

The company that would make the original film Gamera The Invincible was known as the Daiei production company and they would go ahead and create a monster series of their own.

This company would make a series of films from 1965 all to 1980 before actually going bankrupt.

They would use the miniature city sets used in the film “The Great Rat Swarm” that was already scrapped due to the infestation and Masaichi Nagata came up with the idea to develop a giant monster that would attack the city and he also had the idea that it would be a gigantic flying turtle. Noriaki Yuasa and the screenwriter Nisan Takahashi developed the ideal that would eventually become the 1965 film that they would tentatively call Gamera the giant monster.

Special effects technician Ryosaku Takayama would design the turtle suit that was used in the film.

As I’ve mentioned before this film is created by Daiei production company and they would aim these films were targeted towards a younger audience of children rather than the dark and eerie tones of the first two Godzilla films. And they also had a lower budget for these films.

This particular film would be the only film within the series that was shot in black and white.

Noriaki Yuasa also stated that this is the very first film which had a budget of about ¥40 million and he also mentioned that the film went “overbudget just a little bit”.

Due to the commercial success all the first Gamera film the second Gamera film which is tentatively call “Gamera versus Barugon” which came out in 1966 had an expanded budget and that budget would be ¥80 million. That my friends is double the original film.

Gamera Suit Design

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Shodaigame Gamera Suit

Shodaigame Gamera Suit is a technical name for the Showa Series of Gamera’s and the suits used in this series.

First let me explain the word Shodai in means first-generation and the word game segment comes from the word Gamera.

The Shodaigame suit design is based on the appearance of a gigantic terminal that has fingers would very long claws on each hand as well as five toes with very sharp claws as well. Plus it has a very long tail. The underside of the shell for carapace as a brick -like pattern. While the top of the carapace has several spikes protruding from the shelf itself.

The Gamera suits face was made to look very menacing with small angry -looking eyes. The most famous aspect about this suit and all other Gamera suits are gigantic tusks that protrude from the lower jaw. This suit also has a very pointed snout. The ridge on the top of is also much more pronounced than in the later design of Gamera suits.

During the flying scenes as we all know Gamera is capable of flight. They use a miniature puppet that is roughly around 3 feet in length it was constructed just for the flying scenes. They would actually suspend this puppet using piano wire and it was filled with a mechanism that was capable of spewing flames from his arms and leg holes.

Let’s Talk about the Films Release

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The film was released in Japan on November 27, 1965.

The film itself was a bigger head than the studio expected which I mentioned before led to a higher budget for the second film known as Gamera versus Barugon which came out in 1966.

There was in fact an edited version of the film that was released yesterday in the United States on December 15, 1966. It was called ” Gammera The Invincible” which in fact it was or it had a typo as Gamera is spelled G-a-M-E-R-a and according to the title that is released in the United States it is spelled as G-A-M-M-E-R-A The Invincible.

This version that was released in the United States did in fact include some scenes that were added such as the Alaskan army base, the Pentagon, and the United Nations headquarters.

This particular version was also shown frequently on American television in the 1970s.

Now We Will Talk about Home Media

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Gamera the invincible was released on home video as “Gamera” in 1987 by Sandy Frank Film Syndication.

This Release Also Contains the Japanese Version of the Film without the Added Foliage from the 1966 United States Theatrical Release with all the added footage.

This version was in fact entirely re-dubbed in English with a different musical score.

However the 1966 theatrical version does feature Brian Donlevy also had been made available on home video as well.

Vintage Home Entertainment released Gamera: The Ultimate Collection on May 17, 2005 which included a compilation of the entire film series. The film was last released by Willette Acquisition Corp. on Feb 17, 2015.

Let’s Talk about the Reception of This Film

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According to Variety which is a magazine that does state that Plan Z in the film was an “all appropriate idea for Gamera, a film which can also be rated as Grade Z”.

From many retrospective reviews such as AllMovie it did in fact give the film a positive review complimenting the films direction, special effects, and cinematography stating, “all in all Gamera the Invincible is a solidly-crafted, engaging monster mash-just make sure you see the original Japanese version”.

This film according to Rotten Tomatoes is right at 20% according to the website. However you need to keep in mind it really does come down to how you feel about the movie not these credits.

Now is give you some basic facts and trivia based on this film

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There is in fact a sequence where you do say Gamera attacking two strippers in a nightclub and it was shot however it was deleted from the film.

As I have mentioned before this is the only film within the Gamera series that is filled in black and white.

This is also the only film within the series that Gamera does not fight another monster.

This is the only film within the series that Gamera is in fact the antagonist instead of the protagonist.

There is a tribute/spoof about Gamera that was using the episode of the grim adventures of Billy and Mandy, it is when you do see Billy and Irwin go to Japan to see monster’s fight. The monster’s name is Kragera in this episode.

The world entertainment/Harris Associates cut version of the film entitled “Gammera, The Invincible”, does contain one shot of Gamera in the original Japanese version wore the Sandy Frank dub version. It is a wide shot of Gamera attacking the nuclear reactor.

Conclusion

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I have seen this film in many different versions of this film and I do like them all equally as it is the beginning of the series just like Godzilla 1954 is perhaps the best within the Showa Series of Gamera films as they do tend to get a little cheesy towards the 1980s. Until we reach the Heisei Series of Gamera films those in my opinion are some of the best Gamera films to date. Anyway this film is a classic and has many fantastic elements especially the way they film it. All in all this is a great film if you are new to the Kaiju genre you might want to check this out if you want a greater understanding of the gigantic flying Terrapin.

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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

Written by Barney Buckley

Email Address – bbuckley@triad.rr.com

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Cast

  • Paul Christian as Professor Tom Nesbitt
  • Paula Raymond as Lee Hunter
  • Cecil Kellaway as Dr. Thurgood Elson
  • Kenneth Tobey as Colonel Jack Evans
  • Donald Woods as Captain Phil Jackson
  • Ross Elliott as George Ritchie
  • Steve Brodie as Sgt. Loomis
  • Jack Pennick as Jacob Bowman
  • Michael Fox as ER doctor
  • Lee Van Cleef as Corporal Jason Stone
  • Frank Ferguson as Dr. Morton
  • King Donovan as Dr. Ingersoll
  • James Best as Charlie, radar operator

Information Based on the Movie

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This is an American black-and-white science fiction monster film. It was produced by Warner Bros. The film itself is a stop motion animation special effects that are done by Ray Harryhausen. This film is based off of the original screenplay that was done by Ray Bradbury based on a short story called “The Fog Horn” specifically the scene where a lighthouse does get destroyed by a creature known as the Rhedosaurus.

A short plot synopsis based on this is a fictional dinosaur known as the Rhedosaurus is released from his frozen hibernation by the use of an atomic bomb in the Arctic Circle. This is very similar to the original Gamera movie that came out in 1965 were planes fly over and drop bombs and release the mighty Terrapin.

The Beast from Twenty Thousand Fathoms is the very first fell that features an atomic monster which did help inspire the Japanese movie from the Toho Motion Picture Company known as Godzilla: King of the Monsters in this movie came out in 1954 the very next year.

Plot Synopsis

The film the story out in the further regions of the north of the Arctic Circle.

Their scientists are conducting nuclear bomb testings and it was the “Operation Experiments”

it would be soon after that physicist Thomas Nesbitt mutters these famous words “what the cumulative effects of all these atomic explosions and tests will be, only time will tell.”

No sooner did he say that that they suddenly realize that the explosion did in fact awoken a gigantic dinosaur that is roughly 3 high and 100 feet long and it is in fact a carnivorous dinosaur known as the Rhedosaurus.

The Rhedosaurus was actually thawing out in the ice and had been suspended in animation for quite a long time.

It seems that Nesbitt was the only surviving member to what had happened when they release the Rhedosaurus. Nesbitt is dismissed as being crazy or delirious despite what he had seen. We all know that the Rhedosaurus did escape from the Arctic Circle and now heading towards North America.

It does managed to destroy a fishing boat off of the Grand Banks As Well as destroying yet another fishing boat off of Marquette Canada.

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He is also seeing destroying a lighthouse that is located in Maine. He would eventually makes his way towards Manhattan and this is very similar to Godzilla 1998 and that is why a lot of fans assume this would literally be a remake of this film. There are some elements that are a Godzilla 1998 that come from this film.

Nesbitt would eventually gain allies in paleontologists Thurgood Elson and his young assistant Lee Hunter after they discover there was a surviving fishermen offer one of the boats he is seen going through a collection of drawings and he picks out the Rhedosaurus and that is exactly what Nesbitt saw to.

They figure out according to some mapping where the Rhedosaurus might show up. With the skepticism of the military officers it is then that Elson proposes that the Rhedosaurus would be returning to the Hudson River area.

The reason he would say this is because there has been discovery of fossils of other Rhedosaurus as there were actually found in that area.

Prof. Elson is suddenly killed after his bell is swallowed by the Rhedosaurus. The beast would eventually come ashore in Manhattan. In a newspaper clipping it is said that the beast when it came ashore killed almost 180 people with 1500 people injured with a total estimated damage of $300 million.

The military troops would eventually show off and it is led by none other than Col. Jack Evans tries to stop the Rhedosaurus with an electrified barricade. They then tried to blast the Rhedosaurus with a bazooka and it does when directly into the throat of the Rhedosaurus and by doing this they are hoping it would drive the Rhedosaurus back into the sea.

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Unfortunately when they did this the Rhedosaurus’s blood had bled all over the streets of Manhattan and unleashed a horrible virulent prehistoric contagion which does eventually began to in fact wipe out the populace.

They go back to the drawing board and decide to create a radioactive isotope and then shoot it into the Rhedosaurus is injured and hopes that it would burn from the inside out killing all of the contagion.

The Rhedosaurus would eventually come back into Manhattan as he makes his way towards Coney Island Amusement Park and the military sharpshooter known as Cpl. Stone takes a rifle grenade loaded with the radioactive isotope and climbs aboard a roller coaster and rides the roller coaster to the top of the tracks.

This is where he can get an eye level of the Rhedosaurus and he does managed to fire the isotope directly into the Rhedosaurus’s neck which was wounded when they fire the original was and released all the contagion.

By doing this the creature let out a horrible scream and thrashed about setting the park on fire and eventually the Rhedosaurus would collapse and eventually died.

The Production of the Beast from Twenty Thousand Fathoms

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The film had a production cost of $200,000 which was quite expensive for 1953. $2.25 million at the North American box office door in his first year of release. However it did end up grossing more than $5 million.

The original prints of the film shows that the Rhedosaurus was actually a sepia tone color.

The original title for this film was announced in trades as “The Monster from beneath the Sea”.

During the Pre-Production it as brought to Jack Dietz and Hal E. Chester by Ray Harryhausen that Ray Bradberry had written a short story called “The Beast from Twenty Thousand Fathoms” that was just published by The Saturday Evening Post in 1951 (it was later changed to what is called “The Fog Horn”. There was a similar sequence that appeared in the draft of the script for “the Monster from beneath the Sea”. Ray Harryhausen brought this to their attention and the producers who wish to share Bradberry’s reputation and popularity, probably bought the rights to his story and changed the film’s title to match that of the title story. Ray Bradberry’s name was used extensively in the promotional campaign and was given credit when they read “Suggested by the Saturday Evening Post Story” by Ray Bradbury was also added to the end credits of the film.

The original musical score was composed by Michel Michelet , about one Warner Bros. purchased the film they had a new score written by David Buttolph. Ray Harryhausen was hoping that his film music hero Max Steiner would be able to write the music for the film. Max Steiner was the composer who wrote the landmark score for the original King Kong movie that came out in 1933. Max Steiner was also contracted on the Warner Bros. at that time. Unfortunately for Ray Harryhausen Max Steiner had too many commitments that would allow him to score the film. However Buutolph had created one of the most memorable and powerful scores, setting much of the tome for this giant monster film from 1953.

There were early pre-production conceptual sketches of the beast and they do show at one point it was to have a shelled head and and another given point you was supposed to have a beak as well. However because Ray Harryhausen was assigned to the special effects and the creation of the creature he had been working with Willis O’Brien who had done and created King Kong in 1933 for many years and the monster of the film looks nothing like the Brontosaurus-type creature of the short story. The creature in the film does resemble a lot like a Tyrannosaurus rex-type prehistoric predator. There was a drawing of the creature that was published along with the story in The Saturday Evening Post. There was at one point plans to have the Rhedosaurus snort flames (LOL) however this idea was dropped just before production began due to budgetary restrictions. The concept, however, was still used for the film’s poster artwork. And it also later depicted the Rhedosaurus with nuclear flame breath this one also inspire the film from Japan known as Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

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There is a scene within the film that does attempt to identify the Rhedosaurus, Prof. Tom Nesbitt rifles through dinosaur drawings by Charles R Knight a man whom Ray Harryhausen claims as an inspiration and also did some of the dinosaur work in the movie King Kong 1933.

The dinosaur skeleton in the museum sequence is artificial; it was obtained from storage at RKO pictures where it had been constructed for their classic comedy “Bringing up Baby” which came out in 1938.

The climatic roller coaster live action scenes were actually filmed on location at The Pike which is located in Long Beach California and it does feature the Cyclone Racer entrance ramp, ticket booth, loading platform, and views of the structure from the beach. There was also a split-Matte, in camera special-effects that was done by Ray Harryhausen that would effectively combine the live action of the actors and the roller coaster background footage from this particular amusement park.

Reception and Legacy of This Film

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The Beast from Twenty Thousand Fathoms was a live action film that was very inspirational and it also included a giant monster that was awakened and brought about by the atomic bomb detonation as we all know how the film goes is also the inspiration to the Toho Motion Picture Company’s first classic Godzilla film called Godzilla: King of the Monsters which came out the very next year in 1954. It would literally be 16 months afte Bordeaux r the release of this film. This film also inspired other films that would eventually turn into a craze and this would include such films as Them! That would come out the following year and that is based on giant ants. It also inspired to British films that was helmed by the director Eugene Lourie directed this film The Beast from Twenty Thousand Fathoms and he also directed another film that would come out in 1959 known as “Behemoth, the Sea Monster”. Later in the United States it would be retitled as “The Giant Behemoth” as well as another famous English sci-fi giant monster movie known as “Gorgo”.

Another film that came out in 2008 known as Cloverfield this film also involves a giant monster terrorizing the New York City area and it does insert a frame from the film The Beast from Twenty Thousand Fathoms along with frames from movies like King Kong and Them!. These were incorporated into the hand-held camera footage used throughout the entire film.

The Beast from Twenty Thousand Fathoms was nominated for AFI’S Top 10 Science Fiction Films List.

The Beast from Twenty Thousand Fathoms also appeared in the film Gremlins 2.

Interesting Facts and Trivia about the Beast from Twenty Thousand Fathoms

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As we all know the Rhedosaurus went through several different designs before the final concept was used in the film. As I mentioned before this particular early concept would have had him fitted with pointy ears, a sharp beak, and webbed, human -like hands. There was also another design that Ray Harryhausen had described as sort of a roundhead and he was unhappy with this particular design and he would eventually replace it with a new stall modeling after the Tyrannosaurus rex. As we know the monster was given a distinctive, four-leg stance to prevent it from looking like a typical carnivorous dinosaur.

Here is another piece of trivia in the name Rhedosaurus the first two letters in the name do spell out the name of Ray Harryhausen. Ray Harryhausen also mentions in a quote “I don’t know where his name came from,” he told Empire in 2012. “People say it’s based on my initials, but I don’t think it is.”

The Rhedosaurus also makes an appearance in the film “Planet of the Dinosaurs” is where Lee led the Tyrannosaurus rex across the Bering land, this is where we see a Rhedosaurus suddenly appear from behind a rock. The large dinosaur did in fact hiss at the man and then we see the Tyrannosaurus rex approaching the Rhedosaurus does in fact face in and being is one of the only dinosaurs that was large enough to challenge the tyrants that you dinosaur snarled at each other and snapped its jaws at each other. However the Tyrannosaurus rex would not be deterred. Lunging it grips the smaller dinosaur by the neck tore from the rock the Rhedosaurus was struggling to free itself but it was in May as the Tyrannosaurus rex drops it to the ground and closed its powerful drawls around the Rhedosaurus’s had crushing the skull.

Another interesting fact about this movie is that it as I mentioned before inspired Tomoyuki Tanaka to go ahead and create the film that came out in 1954 known as Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

This film also inspired by the success of the 1950 to re-release all King Kong (1933) was the first film to feature a giant creature that was awakened or mutated by a nuclear bomb.

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Some film aficionados might recognize Alvin Greenman, the first character to speak after the narrator, and the first to notice the beast on on the radar. Six years earlier he played Alfred, the Macys Janitor in Miracle on 34th Street (1947). TV aficionados though might recognize the second character to speak. Playing the part of Charlie is actor James Best, best remembered for his role as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane from The Dukes of Hazzard (1979).

Deleted Scene: The 2003 DVD release reveals one shot of the Rhedasaurus that was omitted from the final film. That shot can be found in the trailer for The Black Scorpion (1957) (in special features) about 1/2 through the preview. (Spoiler: The Beast is walking, breast high, toward screen right. The background shows 2 buildings; one of them with fire escapes. Superimposed title card states, “You’ve thrilled to the terror of The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms.”

Warner Brothers bought the film from producers Hal E. Chester and ‘Jack Deitz’ for $450,000.

When the radio announcer is reading the news about the monster’s rampage through New York, various shots of the city are shown, mostly with panicked citizens in the street. When the announcer mentions the situation at Times Square, the accompanying footage shows the Palace Theater, whose marquee reads “Judy Garland – Live and in Person.”

During the octopus/shark sequence, some of the footage was obviously shot in an aquarium, because some of the octopus’ suckers are gripping the glass.

In its original release prints of the film were processed in sepia tone. Some prints also had the underwater sequences tinted green.

(at around 38 mins) Prof. Elson (Cecil Kellaway) reads an article about a 1797 professor who was fired for claiming that he had seen leprechauns remove a tree. He continues “Today it’s monsters instead of leprechauns”. Tom Nesbitt (Paul Christian) then enters and asks “How certain are you there were no leprechauns?” Cecil Kellaway played a leprechaun in the 1948 film “The Luck of the Irish”.

Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth Review

Written by Barney Buckley

Email Address – bbuckley@triad.rr.com


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Movie Information 

  • Director: Takao Okawara
  • Producer: Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Japanese Release Date: December 12, 1992, by the Toho Motion Picture Company. Running Time 102 minutes.
  • US Release Date: May 1998, released directly to home video by Columbia TriStar Home Video. Running Time 102 Minutes.
  • Taglines: “My Company Has Destroyed Forests. I Feel Very Guilty.”
  • Alternative Titles: Godzilla versus Mothra 1992, Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth 1992

Synopsis

A huge meteorite impact in the Pacific Ocean sets off a chain of environmental disturbances and unearths Mothra’s gigantic egg on Infant Island. A greedy developer kidnaps Mothra’s tiny twin fairies better known as the priestesses, and when Mothra’s larva plunders Tokyo trying to rescue them, the military opened fire on the giant insect and she eventually cocoons and wraps itself around the Diet Building. Eventually she emerges as an adult moth as one would call her Mothra. Meanwhile, Battra, Mothra’s legendary nemesis, reawakens in the Arctic and attacks Nagoya, and the battle ensues when Godzilla of actually shows up and down another battle happens undersea with Battra both Godzilla and Battra disappear into the volcano. Eventually Mothra and Battra after battling each other eventually come to their senses and settle their differences and unite against their common Kaiju enemy and that is Godzilla.

What Do I Think of This Movie

There are some good points about this movie one the Godzilla design and to the new evil Mothra called Battra this design larva stage was really really cool? The adult version I do like but not as well as the larva stage. The battle sequences between Mothra, Battra and Godzilla right top in fight scenes within the Heisei Series. The new Cosmos are the names of the new priestesses that you see several times in the Heisei Series. They would change within the Shinsei Series as their new girls. However there are new Alias in the Mothra series they are the new priestesses and all 3 of the rebirth series of movies. I did not see anything within this movie that could pass judgment on Orsay was cheesy it was pretty much spot on with action and the storyline.

Trivia

This film’s origin went back to 1990 with the concept Mothra Vs. Bagan. The film would include battles all across Asia in places like Shanghai and Bangkok. However, when Gojira tai Biorante (1989) failed, Toho blamed the fact that an unfamiliar monster was used and this project was put on hold to give Godzilla another shot with Gojira tai Kingu Gidora (1991).

Continuity

  • Here are some continuities within this film.
  • When Battra first makes landfall, as the terrified Japanese pedestrians are running for their lives, take note of a woman to the right of the screen wearing a brown pant suit and carrying a black purse. She is still running in the next crowd scene on the sidewalk. The next time we see her, she is running up the stairs from the subway, having apparently taken the “A” train to escape the rampaging monster.

Revealing Mistakes

  • Here are some mistakes in a quite obvious within this film.
  • When Godzilla is grappling with Mothra Larva in the sea, right before he throws it, a string is visible on Mothra.
  • When the larva Mothra bites Godzilla’s tail in the ocean, look closely at the base of the tail as it’s tossing Mothra upwards. You can clearly see the tail is a separate prop on some kind of support that has distorted its shape – widening it unnaturally.
  • Strings holding up Mothra and Battra are visible in some scenes. The bright studio lights make them easy to spot against the dark background.

Closing Statements

Some say that this is the worst remake since the original Mothra versus Godzilla 1964 and I don’t totally disagree with them, but because I am a Godzilla fan I do appreciate the remaking of films by giving the monsters a new look and sometimes the storyline and I do mean sometimes turns out to be okay or improve the little bit. The storyline is not the worst. The things I can say that a good are the new monster Battra especially the larva stage great design here. The adult version not the worst I’ve seen but not the best. Mothra she doesn’t changed too much she looks just like a big fluffy butterfly nice and soft. The movie was pretty good for the most part was entertaining I do have the entire collection on hand including all Mothra series, Gamera, King Kong and this list goes on and on. If you haven’t seen any of the Heisei Series movies you might want to check this without if you’re a big Mothra fan or Godzilla fan you get the best of both worlds.

Mothra vs Godzilla 1964 Movie Review

Written by Barney Buckley

Email Address – bbuckley@triad.rr.com


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Movie Information 

  • Title: Mothra versus Godzilla 1964
  • Actors and Actresses: Akira Takarada, Yuriko Hoshi, Hiroshi Koizumi, Emi Ito. Yumi Ito
  • Directed by: Ishiro Honda
  • Writing credits Shinichi Sekizawa
  • Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka, Sanezumi Fujimoto
  • Music by Akira Ifukube
  • Stock Music by Hiroshi Miyagawa
  • Cinematography by Hajime Koizumi
  • Film Editing by Ryohei Fujii
  • Production Design by Takeo Kita, Akira Watanabe
  • Assistant Director Koji Kajita
  • Director of Special Effects Eiji Tsuburaya
  • Assistant Director of Special Effects Teruyoshi Nakano
  • Japanese Release Date: April 29th, 1964 with a run time of 88 minutes
  • US Release Date: AIP 1964 with a runtime of 88 minutes
  • Alternative Names: Godzilla Versus the Thing, Godzilla Versus Mothra
  • Taglines: Nothing like This Ever on the Screen!

Synopsis

Mothra’s egg seems to wash off the island and end up on the shore of Japan where a businessman decides to take the egg and try to make some money off of it however Godzilla shows up goes after the egg and Mothra comes and tries to protect her babies only to die in the process and the egg hatches releasing to learn a twins and they chase Godzilla to an island spray them with their web and he falls over into the ocean the end.

What I Liked About The Movie

this movie is perhaps classic in its own way because there were some flaws in this movie and it introduced the larva for the 1st time this movie was good because it had some great battle scenes and some great fight scenes with Mothra. This is a very good movie for classic.

Negative Points

Some points about this movie is the fact that Godzilla’s mouth was not constructed properly so it shackled back and forth loosely however in the next movie they use the same suit and fix that problem. Things I found interesting and obvious to the negative points in the fight scenes with Mothra you can see they used a puppet for Godzilla this is not the worst thing I’ve seen but at the same time it was cool to see something different.

Positive Points

The positive points about the movie are the fight scenes and the way Mothra looked it was a very nice design for back then however she does change through this series and she looks more like a puppet that anything even though this one does in its own way I think this was the best design until 2001 when they came out with the movie Godzilla Mothra King Ghidorah: All Monsters Attack. This design is the best so far in my humble opinion.

Closing Statement

The movie is worth watching and if you’re a Godzilla fan anyway you want to deftly at this one to your collection the storyline in this movie is pretty much typical for its time we have people stealing the egg and using a for profit and the twins say please return the egg and a big monster fight ensues towards the end Godzilla loses and Mothra loses because he dies in the movie and the twin larva swim off to the island. It is a very good movie definitely not too cheesy as compared to a lot of them that I have seen.

The Rebirth of Mothra III 1998 Movie Review

Written by Barney Buckley

E-Mail Address- bbuckley@triad.rr.com


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Moll, Lora, and Belvera, the Elias sisters, are at odds again. Belvera seeks the secret power of their ancestors, tiny triangular power units that transform the sisters’ small daggers into powerful swords. She steals the three units from Infant Island but is thwarted by Fairy Mothra, Moll and Lora’s pet, and fails to retrieve the proper triangle for her sword (each power unit will only work for a specific sword). Moll and Lora end up with a unit that transforms Moll’s sword.

Shortly after the Elias sisters face-off, a meteor shower brings to Earth a huge meteor that disrupts gravity near it at night, as a family watches. The next day, the oldest of the children, a teenage boy called Shota, plays hookey from school, and goes to investigate the object. Meanwhile, school children on playgrounds and around the nearby city begin to mysteriously vanish as a huge shadow passes overhead. Moll and Lora examine the remains of the crashed meteor, discovering the essence of dinosaurs, and realizes that a great evil has been released. King Ghidorah, a three-headed space monster who visited Earth in its past and thought to be responsible for the destruction of the dinosaurs, returns with the captured children to a secluded spot near where the meteor crashed, trapping them in a huge, pulsating organic dome.

Thankfully, at Moll and Lora’s calling, Rainbow Mothra arrives and begins to battle King Ghidorah, but the three headed demon’s ancient powers render all of Mothra’s attacks useless and the King of Terror proceeds to easily dominate Rainbow Mothra, who only just escapes. Later, Moll and Lora encounter Ghidorah, who infects Lora with its evil by staring into Lora’s eyes. Under Ghidorah’s spell, Lora attacks Moll and attempts to drag them both into the dome. However, Fairy Mothra flies down towards the dome and saves Moll before she falls into it. Belvera, intrigued by Ghidorah’s arrival, gets too close to the dome and is dragged inside with her pet henchmen, Garu-Garu, by little serpent beings. The monster then wreaks havoc in the city.

Meanwhile Moll and Fairy Mothra encounter Shota, who discovered that his brother Shuehei and sister Tamako are among the many children trapped inside the dome. Moll tells Shota about Ghidorah’s plan to use the children’s life force to feed upon. She convinces him to accompany her and meet their only hope, the recovering Rainbow Mothra. Moll and Rainbow Mothra communicate telepathically, discussing their options. It is agreed that Rainbow Mothra cannot defeat Ghidorah in its current form and so it is decided that he must travel to a time when the dinosaurs still walked the Earth, and when the three-headed dragon had visited from space for the first time, then less powerful, to feed upon the Earth’s life-force. Rainbow Mothra turns into AquaMothra and, with Moll giving the creature all of her powers, the massive insect turns into Light Speed Mothra and breaks through the boundaries of time and travel to confront Ghidorah, some 65 million years in the past.

Moll gives Shota her sword and asks him to go inside the dome to find Lora, and to convince her to use her powers to help Mothra. After Shota reluctantly agrees, Moll languishes and, with her powers totally depleted from helping Mothra time-travel, falls into a state of suspended animation, her body taking on the appearance of frosted glass. Shota allows Ghidorah to capture him so he can find Lora in the dome. There, Lora encounters a worried Belvera, who tells her that Ghidorah plans to destroy the Earth. Lora takes the triangular unit that Belvera had and uses it to transform her sword. Still under Ghidorah’s spell, the two fairies engage in a swordfight, with Belvera begging Lora to see reason and to work with her, but to no avail. Shota finds Lora, but she attacks him and attempts to stab him with her sword. Belvera warns Lora not to do it as Shota reminds her that she loves children deeply. Soon, Ghidorah’s spell breaks and Lora falls into Shota’s hands, her sword then combining with Moll’s. Belvera finally realizes that the Alias triangle represents the three of them, uses the last remaining triangular unit to transform her sword, and then combines her sword with both Lora’s and Moll’s. Using the new superpower sword, she attempts to break open the dome as Lora recovers.

Light Speed Mothra appears in the age of the dinosaurs and turns back into Rainbow Mothra. Another fight between her and Ghidorah takes place. After originally holding the advantage, Rainbow Mothra is badly wounded. The dome shakes violently and realizing that Rainbow Mothra is losing the battle, Shota asks Lora to use her powers to help the creature. As Lora sings, Rainbow Mothra energizes and manages to immobilize Ghidorah long enough to pick it up and drop it into a nearby volcano, but not before a severed piece of Ghidorah’s tail burrows itself into the ground. The volcano erupts with Ghidorah in it, destroying the monster. Rainbow Mothra is hurled out of the exploding volcano, crashes to the ground and fades away.

Back in the present time, Ghidorah and the dome disappear, freeing the children and the fairies. Shota reunites with Shuehei and Tamako and they join Belvera and Lora as they sadly kneel by the body of Moll, unsure of how they can save her. Back in the past, three Primitive Mothra larvae arrive and wrap the body of Rainbow Mothra in a time-capsule cocoon. Back in the present, Belvera expresses concern to Lora, noting that if Ghidorah is really destroyed, the current course of events would have changed. Suddenly, Ghidorah appears in the sky amidst a massive fireball. This is the other Ghidorah which grew from the severed tail of the creature killed by Rainbow Mothra in the past. The new Ghidorah starts to capture children again. Meanwhile, Belvera convinces Lora to join her in battle, and the two distracts Ghidorah with Fairy Mothra.

Suddenly, the time-capsule cocoon explodes from a mountain and Rainbow Mothra emerges, this time as Armor Mothra, a formidable version with armour plating all over it. Another battle takes place, and this time, Ghidorah is no match for his opponent, who slices Ghidorah’s wing off and then disintegrates the monster. Armor Mothra then communicates with Belvera and Lora, telling them to join their powers and, using the sword, to bring Moll back to life. The fairies do as they are told and, as a result, the sword vanishes and Moll revives, as Lora and Belvera smile. The touching reunion between the three sisters is short-lived, as Belvera calls for Garugaru and flies off. All the children are released once again and reunited with their parents. Shota, Shuehei, Tamako and their parents watch as Moll and Lora ride away with Fairy Mothra, and Armor Mothra, now transformed as Eternal Mothra, flies into the sunset.

All in all in my humble opinion this is the best of all three simply because it has two of my favorite Kaiju’s and the most bad ass of all Godzilla enemies and that is Grand King Ghidorah. In my humble opinion this is the best design of King Ghidorah that I have ever seen and yes I think it’s better than Kaiser Ghidorah as some people think that is a good design and it is not. The original King Ghidorah is my second favorite looking design especially the hair around its neck you don’t see that on any other King Ghidorah designs. All in all I thoroughly enjoyed this even though there were some elements I didn’t care for and the one thing I didn’t care for was the fact that King Ghidorah likes to collect up kids.

It just seemed odd because King Ghidorah is a destroyer of worlds not a collector of children. That’s just my opinion. Armor Mothra another very cool concept I felt I was very cool when Mothra went into the past to fight Cretaceous King Ghidorah and he was very cool look to. I did like this design a lot. Went back to modern day Grand King Ghidorah somehow manages to survive simply because Cretaceous King Ghidorah lost his tail and back into the modern times he made it back again only this time the Grand King Ghidorah had to handle and deal with armor Mothra which eventually destroyed Grand King Ghidorah. Very cool movie!

The Rebirth of Mothra II 1997 Movie Review

Written by Barney Buckley

E-Mail Address- bbuckley@triad.rr.com


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Off the coast of Japan, the environment has been ravaged with poisonous starfish-like creatures called Barem. Meanwhile, the Elias sisters, Moll and Lora, survey the destruction and enlist the help of three children, who had just discovered and befriended a strange little creature dubbed “Ghogo” to help find the mysterious treasure of Ninai Kanai, an ancient lost civilization, to save the Earth from the declining environment.

The Elias then tell the children that the people of Ninai Kanai created a monster called Dagahra as a method of pollution management gone awry and only Mothra Leo can stop it; however, he will need the help of the lost castle of Ninai Kanai itself and the mysterious treasure within. Belvera, the evil Elias sister, manipulates two fishermen and wants the treasure of her own. They all journey to the lost castle, hidden beneath the ocean waters and it magically rises out of the water after the travelers discover it.

Dagahra, awakened after a sudden increase in pollution levels, then releases a swarm of Barem into the sea, killing many types of sea life. Moll and Lora calls Mothra Leo, who nearly succeeded in defeating Dagahra, until the sea monster took the battle underwater where it was in its element. Dagahra incapacitated Leo by covering him with Barem. Leo landed on the newly raised Ninai Kanai temple, but before Dagahra could give the killing blow, the structure activated and defended Leo. With Leo covered in Barem and powerless, Dagahra goes on a destructive rampage.

Inside the temple, Moll, Lora and the three kids attempt to find the treasure, while Belvera and the two controlled fishermen try to thwart their mission. After stealing some jewels they’ve found, the fishermen inadvertently unlock a gateway and awaken the Princess of Ninai Kanai. The Princess tells the three Elias sisters that Earth must be protected and saved, that the children are the hope of future generations and reveals that Ghogo is the lost treasure.

Moll and Lora then use Ghogo’s energy to revive Mothra Leo and, as a result, turn the hero into Rainbow Mothra. Leo was then able to destroy the Barem covering his body. After taking a severe beating, Dagahra once again retreated into the water, where Rainbow Mothra turned into Aqua Mothra. This time Rainbow Mothra’s new form allowed him to overpower the sea monster. He finally finishes his battle with Dagahra by splitting into thousands of miniature Aqua Mothras; entering Dagahra’s body and destroying the Barem producing there, and without the Barem, Dagahra self-destructs. Meanwhile, the temple begins to collapse. With the building crumbling over them, Moll and Lora ride onto Fairy to safety, while Belvera releases control of the fishermen, who helps the children escape. The Princess raises Dagahra’s body and drops it onto the temple, reducing everything into a wave of water. Aqua Mothra then returns to his single form, and then back into Rainbow Mothra; saving the world once again.

Once again we have a film within the Mothra trilogy series that regards is perhaps the best one of the bunch in the way of new Kaijus as well as action and sequences. This one is very colorful and some general way and I particularly like the fight scenes as well as the Kaiju they call Dagarla this is a very neat Kaiju and this movie is well worth watching if you like Mothra and a child friendly environment.

The Rebirth of Mothra I 1996 Movie Review

Written by Barney Buckley

E-Mail Address- bbuckley@triad.rr.com


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It would be served after the Heisei Series of Godzilla movies would end in 1995 the Toho Company would then eventually pick up the triple threat of Mothra. It seems that the Toho Company’s second most favorite Kaiju deserved a few movies in her own right. The very first film according to the Japanese was logically titled Mothra however while in the United States of America it was retitled as the Rebirth of Mothra. When it comes to this film most of the original fans of the original film that came out in 1961 film this new movie particularly strayed away from the original character of Mothra. The reason I say this is because she is classified as a protector of her own island and its people. She is also classified as a kind and benevolent law and it largely focuses on Mothra’s character which is a particularly good point to the film. People do not see that in the Mothra trilogies.

Let’s begin with the story the story begins on Infant Island where you see Mothra sitting on her throne and she is ready to finally reproduce after living a very long life. It would be shortly after this that a logging company located in Hokkaiido Japan accidentally discovers an ancient rock and all hell breaks loose. They pry the rock of its seal and suddenly it draws the attention of two tiny priestesses they call Moll and Lora. In the original movie that came out in 1961 there were tiny little twin priestesses, but they were called Shobijins and in the new Mothra trilogy there called the Elias. They summon their tiny version of Mothra in which they call it Fairy Mothra and they take off to Hokkaido to investigate an unusual accident. It is revealed to the Elias that a small piece of metal was removed from the rock and it was called The Seal of Elias. It was a device that possessed the ability to harness certain energies which was created by their ancestors to lock away the demonic Kaiju they call DesiGhidorahs. That very same creature that actually made the dinosaurs go extinct and left the surface of the planet Mars a barren wasteland is located within this rock.

The Elias Moll and Lora have a third evil sister they call Belvera and she suddenly steals the seal from the tiny girl Wakaba. Belvera manages to release the ancient beast from his dungeon and all hell breaks loose. The Elias know they have to summon Mothra and they do it with song. Mothra eventually shows up and after a long battle she eventually dies saving her children from Desighidorah only to sink into the depths of the sea sacrificing herself. It is after witnessing her mother’s death that the Mothra larva that is called Mothra Leo swims to Yaku Island and hopes to gain the power of The Ancient Tree of Life. Is there that Mothra Leo is transforms into an adult Mothra and a more powerful Mothra that holds off Desighidorah long enough for the Elias to seal the monster all back where she came from. After the battle has been won it is Mothra Leo that eventually flies back to Infant Island.

In the 1992 film Godzilla versus Mothra is there that Mothra’s reputation of the “Savior of the world” is reestablished and it makes Mothra was character little bit more interesting as the film betrays a more emotional part of the film worthy elderly Mothra’s death scene is more emotional. It can be a real tear jerker if you really sensitive. Especially when it comes to the second most popular Kaiju’s death. Another notable thing about this new Mothra movie is the new powers that Mothra Leo seems to possess it has the same powers as its Heisei Series predecessor that fought Godzilla in 1992 and it also features some new little abilities. Mothra Leo has a silken spray, chest beam, and a camouflaging technique. It is said that the original Mothra fans for the movie Mothra 1961 are not really big fans of this new Mothra was sheer power in regards of its numerous amount of beams and energy abilities.

Now we will talk about Desighidorah in the English translation is called Death Ghidorah and it is probably one of the most serious demon like Ghidorahs to ever hit the movie screen. It is in the family of Ghidorahs and it is revealed that it is a demon from space that goes around siphoning the floral life out of various worlds. When he came to the planet Earth he was fortunately sealed by one of the ancient Mothra was and the Elias ancestors before he could completely destroy the planet as he did to the planet Mars. This particular Kaiju is really displayed as a dark and fiendish creature, and is actually the very first Hedorah ever to walk on all four legs. I’m still the movie Godzilla Final Wars where Kaiser Ghidorah also lost on four legs. Kaiser Ghidorah reminds me of Desighidorah on steroids.

Despite having any flaws with the human characters is the Elias Moll, Lora and Belvera that actually steal the show. These particular characters according to the movie is Moll that wants to save the world from Desighidorah even if it means taking her own life. Lora is extremely sensitive and doesn’t want Mothra to fight and die in the process yet she wants the world to be saved and asked for Belvera she wants to use Desighidorah as a weapon to destroy humanity. On the note is an interesting fact that the Elias were virtually against Belvera and it also displayed that they still love each other and respect each other as sisters.

In my humble opinion what really stands out in this film is probably the musical score composed by Toshiyuki Watanabe. The various themes for Mothra such as the battle march when Mothra first appears to battle Desighidorah is pretty extreme and unique in itself and very memorable. One keynote about the score is the original Mothra song is performed by the Elias is very modern and crisp sounding. If you listen to it and had a very Latin beats in the way it sounds and it’s very addicting. Even though it does not have a real strong connection to the original Mothra film is very memorable and very enjoyable to watch over and over if you like this particular kind of child friendly movie. The rebirth of Mothra is a very nice addition to the concept of Mothra was peace/environment character and hopefully it will continue to be contagious as well as protect the environment and how they betray this particular character.

Mosura 1961 Movie Review

Written by Barney Buckley

Email Address – bbuckley@triad.rr.com


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This movie is typical of Toho to create in the way of a great story and unimaginable effect for it’s time with great directing. You have a triple threat here first the story is created by Shinichi Sekizawa and the special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya who did a lot of the Godzilla movies so he is seriously connected with the Toho Company. This movie is directed by one of the greatest directors of Godzilla film industry his name is Ishiro Honda.

Thus is the beginning of the movie you hear a bewitching serene song by the Mothra twins and they are called The Peanuts they are identical twins who sang beautifully when they needed or connected with Mothra telepathically. In this movie we see a businessman who is very much interested in the tiny superstars and tries to kidnap them. However Mothra’s larvae isn’t too happy with Tokyo as it crashes through the city to search for the twins thus an eventful times the larva is beginning to transform into a new stage of moth so while in the city it forms a cocoon around The Diet Building and eventually a new monster pops out of this cocoon. This to me was one of the better parts of the movie because of the special effects and if you never seen the movie before it is actually pretty cool to see Mothra squeeze her way out of this cocoon. She eventually squeezes out with her gigantic wingspan she wreaks havoc across the city.

They eventually find the twins and all as well for Mothra she eventually returns to the airport where they created a sign painted on the air strip having her to descend on the airport and then eventually taken back off to go back to the island. This is one of the better movies simply because it is not too far-fetched as it is today or having a cheesy feel about it they had a really strong start for a movie that would transpire into three other movies for Mothra.

Mothra is perhaps in the top three of the most popular kaiju that Godzilla has fall or within the Toho monster series. Here are some trivia for you there was supposedly a scene in which the Mothra twins or fairies plan on explaining Mothra’s origins but the company felt it was too long and dropped from the final draft. Here is a mistake in which she was see in the movie when Dr. Shinichi is showing the symbols he discovered in the cave to Sechan, you could see someone in black pants and shoes walking down the stairs behind Sechan’s head. So if you want to say a decent movie is obviously in black and white this is a very good movie for its time.

Gamera: Little Brave 2006 Movie Review

Written by Barney Buckley

Email Address – bbuckley@triad.rr.com


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Movie Information 

  • Directed by Ryuta Tasaki
  • Studio Kadokawa Pictures
  • Distributed by Kadokawa Pictures
  • Release Dates April 29, 2006
  • Running Time 96 Min.

Synopsis

Precipitated by the premise that Gamera self-destructed to destroy several Gyaos in 1973, the tale picks up thirty three years later, when the son of one of the survivors of that incident finds an unusual egg, from which a baby turtle hatches.

The boy, Toru, raises the creature, quickly realizing it as remarkable in that it hovers and breathes fire. The creature quickly outgrows the house, is relocated by Toru and his friends to maintain secrecy, and then disappears.

Concurrently, many shipping disasters occur in the area, the cause of which is the Kaiju Zedus (ジーダス), which soon thereafter rampages through the city.

It corners Toru and his friends, but the boy’s former pet, now significantly larger, intercedes. The young Gamera is wounded in the fight and captured by government officials, who hook the creature up to a machine which infuses it with liquid derived from mysterious red stones found in the vicinity of egg, and which scientists theorize gives Gamera’s their power.

Zedus attacks again, and the Gamera, now larger, goes out to battle him. The human characters determine that the still-immature Gamera must consume the red stone which Toru had found with the egg in order to fully realize its powers. The egg is located and, with some difficulty, delivered to Toru, who throws it into the Gamera’s mouth during the battle.

The Gamera’s power of rocket-propelled flight manifests, and it defeats Zedus by breathing a fireball at it. The Kaiju escapes further government investigation with Toru’s assistance, and flies off as the boy wishes him farewell.

What I like about That Movie

Let’s just say that this is not one of my favorite movies and that is because they reverted back to a cheesy movie. Don’t get me wrong I don’t really dislike this movie, but honestly ensure continued with the Heisei Series with that kind of seriousness. I understand that they need to concentrate these movies on children as well I get that things I like about this movie is it one scene where you see little Toto he is crawling around on the kitchen floor and a cleaver falls and almost catching him in the head it blows fire on) then you know it’s Gamera it is as you can see the cleaver is reminiscence of Guiron from the Showa series movies. Another thing I like is when Gamera gets bigger he does have a nice look for a turtle.

And you can see in his eyes and his face is very friendly not like that Gamera three. He doesn’t have all of his powers until he swallows a Redstone. Zedus is one of those monsters that does not impress me because I think he is rather boring it away and not as much of a threat as the monsters in the past that Gamera deal with. I think it is because Toto or Gamera is still a baby here so the actual monster does not need to be threatening.

The design of Zedus is cool and he is lizardlike. What I didn’t like about the movie was the fact that it is child friendly that’s a little something to do with it. What really determine how about the movie is this first year old Gamera that design is a no no. It is absolutely horrible what they did to Gamera and what upsets me most about this is Gamera does not have his signature roar. Big mistake there.

Closing Statement

If you are into childhood friendly Gamera thing going and what this movie it really isn’t that. He does growing in stages so his design does change throughout the movie, but if you appreciate the Heisei Series Gamera movies and guess what you will be seriously disappointed in this movie. If you like the serious side of Gamera stay away from this one.

Gamera: Revenge of Iris/irys 1999 Movie Review

Written by Barney Buckley

Email Address – bbuckley@triad.rr.com


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Movie Information 

  • Directed by Shusuke Kaneko
  • Produced by Miyuki Nanri, Naoki Sato, Tsutomu Tsuchikawa
  • Studio Daiei Film
  • Release Dates March 3, 1999 (Japan)
  • Running Time 108 Min.

Synopsis

Movie opens in an equatorial Jungle in 1999. The ornithologist from Gamera: Guardian of the Universe, Nagamine is escorted to a remote jungle village. There she finds the remains of a young Gyaos rotting in the sun and being beaten by the mother the monster’s last meal. Ngamine now realizes that the Gyaos are back.

Segue to a submarine expedition off Okintorishima, Japan’s southernmost point. A research team piloting the robotic submarine, Kaiko, finds dozens of Gamera shells resting on the ocean floor. The team realizes that Gamera is neither unique nor the first of its kind to tread upon Japan.

At this point the title credits roll and feature flashbacks to action sequences seen in Gamera: Guardian of the Universe. The action then segues back to the pivotal battle in that movie between Gamera and Gyaos.  A professional photographer carries his daughter into the family car and then rushes back into their apartment to retrieve his wife. The father finds his wife trying to get the family cat, Irys out from under the bed.

The cat rushes out of the bed and into the living room, where she finds her husband recklessly taking photos of the battle between Gamera and Gyaos going on right outside their living room window. His indulgence turns out to a fatal mistake as Gamera is hurled into the building, destroying it before the daughter’s horrified eyes. Her last conscious moment is watching the Gamera looming over the freshly made tomb of her parents.

Open eyes wake the girl, Hirasaka, from the nightmares of her past, into the misery of her present. Hirasaka is living in the remote town of Minami Asuka, Nara Prefecture with her brother and uncle. She is very unhappy without her parents and continues to blame Gamera for her misfortune. Her uncle wants Hirisaka to move on and change her name to his family name. She does not want to do this at all.

Segue to military/corporate building where we see two mysterious figures, a man and woman, escorted into a classified storage area. Here the pair are shown several comma-shaped jewels collected by the Japanese government during Gamera’s visit to Sendai during Gamera 2: Advent of Legion. All of the jewels are decayed (perhaps because they need to be in proximity to either Gamera or the individual to whom Gamera is telepathically linked),

Segue to Ryuseicho temple where some girls dare Hirisaka to find a magic stone contained in the temple. If she finds the stone, they will leave her brother alone. Hirisaka finds the stone, which has markings that look similar to Gamera and another strange monster. The stone glows when she touches it. A boy, Moribe, comes on the scene and tells the other girls to shove off. Moribe meets up with Hirisaka, and tells her that she needs to return the stone she took.

Moribe tells his female friend, Miyuke, to stay put. Moribe and Hirisaka carry the Gamera stone back into the cave. Moribe explains that his family’s duty is to be guardians of the temple ruins and to safeguard the very stone Hirisaka has disturbed. The two try to replace the stone but it is too heavy and falls from their grasp, causing a strange wailing sound to issue from deep inside the temple. Hirisaka and Moribe look around and find a strange egg-shaped stone at the back of the temple. All the strange happenings freak out the young couple, who hasten out of the temple.

Her curiosity aroused, Hirisaka asks her cousin about the Ryuseicho. The cousin obliges her, relating to her a portion of Chinese mythology that tells of a Guardian of the South, Ryuseicho. The guardian is aligned with the constellation Hydra, the water snake. Her cousin tells her that a turtle (Gamera) guards the North, a tiger guards the West, and a dragon guards the East. Her cousin tells her that the Guardian of the South is the enemy of the Guardian of the North. This fact interests Hirisaka a great deal.

Segue to Tokyo, where Nagamine returns home and receives a mysterious package from a Shinya Kurata in Kyoto. Bird Lady also receives word from Kobayashi to go to the Monster Damage Control Committee meeting. Walking to the meeting, Nagamine encounters someone who reminds her strongly of the detective she worked with in Gamera: Guardian of the Universe, Osako. The man denies he is Osako and moves on.

Segue to Minami Asuka, Nara Prefecture. Moribe tries to start up a conversation with Hirisaka’s brother. Moribe learns that his parents accompanied Hirisaka into Tokyo from another town to be with her while she had her appendix taken out. So Hirisaka blames herself (and Gamera) for her parents’ deaths. Hirisaka shows up and puts a quick end to the personal history research. Moribe tries to tell Hirisaka not to hate Gamera, that the big turtle is a friend to humanity. Hirisaka tells Moribe to tell her dead parents that Gamera is a friend of humanity.

Segue to the Tokyo and the Monster Damage Control Committee. Nagamine finds the interior minister, another face from Gamera: Guardian of the Universe, at the proceedings. The minister points out the mysterious woman, Mito Asakura, to Nagamine. Turns out that she is the government’s chief “fortune teller”. Segue to evening in the Shibuya district of Tokyo. Osako is hanging out with some other homeless people. Fireballs from Gamera lighting up the sky shatter his rest. Gamera is in pursuit of a Gyaos and unleashes a barrage of fireballs at the beast.

One fireball connects with Gyaos and it plummets into Shibuya, destroying a hotel. Gamera lands in pursuit, and goes after Gyaos with no regard for the people dying all around. Gamera incinerates the stricken Gyaos with a fireball that incinerates everything for a radius of several blocks. A second Gyaos arrives on the scene and attacks Gamera. Gyaos’ sonic beam obliterates several buildings. Amidst the chaos, a small boy is about to be killed by Gyaos’ sonic beam. Gamera shields the boy from the attack and obliterates the Gyaos with a fireball. Chunks of burnt Gyaos fall on Shibuya while the boy tearfully wonders if Gamera is good after all.

News reports flood in about the damage caused by Gamera’s battle with Gyaos. Hirisaka watches these reports and they confirm everything she knows is wrong with Gamera. Casualties hovering between 15-20 thousand people, high-level meetings on Gamera, military mobilizations, all these confirm Gamera as a threat that must be stopped. Hirisaka thus goes back to the Ryuseicho temple ruins, hoping to find something that can be used against Gamera. What Hirisaka does find is a strange jewel shaped like a comma that glows when she touches it, eliciting a strange sound from the surrounding cave.

Segue to Moribe being told by his grandmother that he will one day be guardian of the Ryuseicho and that it must be safeguarded at all costs. Moribe’s grandmother tells him that the Ryuseicho will bring great disaster and sorrow upon Japan if it released. However, nothing should happen as long as the guardian stone remains in place within the temple. Barring the stone, his only defense against the monster is a 10” dagger kept near the shrine.

The dagger can kill the Ryuseicho. He hasn’t quite told her that he has already failed miserably at his task. Moribe then follows a sinking suspicion back to the temple ruins and finds Hirisaka cuddling the infant Ryuseicho. Moribe’s desire to kill the young monster is curtailed by Hirisaka’s affection for the monster, which she names Irys.

Back in Tokyo, Nagamine decides to investigate the mysterious disk sent to her. The disc is a Dreamcast game that simulates environmental effects and civilizations. Shinya Kurata programmed the game. The game revolves around mana, or the planetary life force. The Gyaos attack Japan when it is low in mana, as it was in 1995 and is now in 1999.

Segue to Kyoto, where Shinya Kurata gets a call from Mito Asakura, who tells him that the Japanese government has authorized Gamera’s destruction. Segue to the Ryuseicho shrine, where Moribe I pulling out the 10” dagger to take care of Irys, when Hirisaka shows up with food for Irys.

Moribe confronts Hirisaka about Irys. Hirisaka tells Moribe that Irys and she are very much alike; both have had their families destroyed by Gamera. Moribe, chastened, grudgingly leaves Irys alone. Later, Hirisaka goes to visit Irys, but finds no sign of the creature. Hirisaka chases after Iris and finds the creature wasting away in the forest. Hirisaka comforts Irys, who seems to immediately grow stronger from the attention. Irys then enfolds Hirisaka into an embrace and the two proceed to bond symbiotically.

Segue to the Tokyo Natural History museum. Nagamine meets up with Asagi and the two compare notes on Gamera’s recent activities. Asagi also mentions the mysterious life force “mana”, relating to Nagamine that modern industrial nations drain mana from the earth and this attracts monsters like Gyaos and Legion.

Segue to the Ryuseicho shrine. Hirisaka’s family discovers that she is missing at dinner. They call Moribe to check in. This prompts Moribe to check out the temple ruins to see if anything is amiss. Something is very wrong there. Irys has drawn Hirisaka into a cocoon and is merging with her. Moribe uses the 10” dagger to cut the umbilicus and free Hirisaka. Unfortunately, Hirisaka remains comatose and needs to be sent to the hospital.

Segue to Kyoto, where Shinya Kurata listens to reports of more Gyaos attacks and news of a typhoon approaching Kyoto. Back in Tokyo, Nagamine reconnects with Osako. Osako relates how his life went down the tubes after his encounters with Gyaos and Legion. Nagamine and Osako watch TV report of Gyaos sighting near Minami Asuka in Nara prefecture. Osaki offers to help Nagamine and she immediately accepts his offer.

Nagamine and Osaki visit Nara and find widespread destruction. Unfortunately, the dead do not seem to be victims of a Gyaos attack. Nagamine and Osako learn that phone lines were cut near Ryuseicho temple, so they set off to investigate the temple. The pair visits the shrine and finds the remains of Irys’ birth. Nagamine send the tissue samples off to the National Genetic Research Laboratory to determine if the tissue comes from Gyaos, or another monster. Osako thinks the tissue may come from a new monster.

Just then, Moribe comes running up to the shrine and they learn about Hirisaka’s coma from him. Nagamine and Osako go to the hospital to see Hirisaka, accompanied by Asagi. They immediately notice the jewel on Hirisaka’s chest. Asagi is shocked at Hirisaka’s jewel telling Nagamine that it is like hers but black and larger in size. Nagamine questions Hirisaka’s doctor, who tells her that Hirisaka has an enlarged hippocampus, the brain organ that deals with memory and emotion.

Hirisaka and her condition come to the attention of Shinya Kurata and Mito Asakura. Nagamine get email from her geneticist friend, Sakurai. He tells her that Irys’ chromosomes are not related to Gyaos at all. Headlines appear in newspapers @ Gyaos appearing all over the work. Osako tells Nagamine he wants to question Moribe some more. Suddenly, Hirisaka’s brother shows up and tells Nagamine that Hirisaka has been taken away from hospital to Kyoto.

Segue to Kyoto, where Mito Asakura checks in on the comatose Hirisaka performing a ceremony where she invokes Irys against Gamera. This wakes up both Hirisaka and Irys, who then attacks and kills some campers in Nara.

Nagamine gets a call from the Interior minister, who reveals the location of Hirisaka and Mito Asakura. Nagamine and Asagi travel to Kyoto and are met by Shinya Kurata. They learn that she is linked to Irys and controls Irys. Shinya Kurata continues, telling Nagamine and Asagi how the Gyaos serves a noble purpose, weed out the human populations and restoring mana to the Earth. Nagamine and Asagi do NOT agree with Kurata’s worldview. Shinya Kurata goes on to say how Gamera is an earth vessel and how Gamera should satisfy the needs of the planets more than the needs of man. Kurata believes Gamera does not do this because it is still connected to mankind.

Segue to Nara prefecture, where a GSDF platoon discovers Irys. Irys discovers the GSDF platoon. Irys proceeds to annihilate the platoon in short order.

Segue to Kyoto; Nagamine and Asagi confront Asakura about Hirisaka. Nagamine then proceeds to liberate Hirisaka from Mito Asakura. Osako finds a moribund Moribe sitting alone outside the Ryuseicho temple. Osako tells Moribe to get off his ass and to go to Kyoto if he wants to help her. Nagamine, Asagi and Hirisaka arrive in downtown Kyoto, just as a typhoon hits.

Irys goes airborne and flies toward Kyoto. Irys is picked up by a JSDF AWAC plane, which dispatches JSDF fighter jets. Planes engage Irys but are too slow to hit Irys. Irys closes in on the jets with its tentacles, but ceases it attack with Gamera’s arrival. The two monsters battle in midair. Irys hits Gamera with its tentacle beams while Gamera pummels Irys with his saucer attack. As Irys is hurt, Hirisaka recoils in sympathetic pain. The JSDF intervenes in the battle, firing Patriot missiles at Gamera. These impact, letting Irys escape, but do no damage to Gamera. Gamera races off in pursuit of Irys, who approaches Kyoto. As Gamera approaches Kyoto, the girls encounter Shinya Kurata and Mito Asakura.

Shinya Kurata tells Nagamine, Asagi, and Hirisaka that Irys was created to destroy mankind before Gyaos could. Shinya also predicts Gamera’s defeat at the hands of Irys and that Irys will merge with Hirisaka to become even stronger. Hirisaka senses Irys’ arrival in Kyoto. Irys lands in Kyoto during the typhoon, like some dark god brought to life, and heads toward Kyoto train station – and Hirisaka. Shinya Kurata notes how Hirisaka moves to a balcony to be close to Irys as it approaches her. Mito Asakura looks on and he comments that, although she has the blood of a priestess like Asagi and Hirisaka, her bloodline is too thin to control Irys.

Gamera arrives in Kyoto and rains fireballs down upon Irys, who brushes the attacks aside and turns Kyoto into a raging inferno in the process. Gamera flies by Irys, lands and then moves on Irys. The two monsters face off. Irys is the bigger of the two. As the typhoon subsides, the battle begins. Moribe and Osako arrive in Kyoto and rush towards Kyoto train station, while Gamera and Irys battle one another.

Hirisaka feels the advantage is hers in this battle and orders Irys to kill Gamera. Irys complies by running Gamera through with an arm spike. As Gamera lies impaled on Irys’ arm, Nagamine and Asagi plead desperately with her for Gamera’s life. Mito Asakura then snatches away Hirisaka’s necklace, severing her link with Irys. Mito tries to control Irys herself, but cannot seem to do it. Finally, she manages to compel Irys to withdraw its arm spike from Gamera, but in so doing lets Gamera fall on Kyoto station, and her.

Shinya Kurata also dies at this moment. Gamera and Irys stumble through Kyoto station, destroying it. With Gamera fallen, a triumphant Irys meets up with Hirisaka once more, while Moribe tries desperately to get above Irys to hit him with the 10” dagger. Irys opens itself up to Hirisaka and invites her in. With no other option, Moribe hurls his dagger at Irys. The weapon bounces harmlessly off Irys, but hits Hirisaka, breaking her trance. Too late, she realizes that being sucked into Irys is a bad idea – as she is sucked into Irys. 

All is well with Irys until Gamera rises up yet again and attacks. Irys responds by slamming Irys against the wall of Kyoto station and impaling Gamera’s hand. Then Irys beings to drain Gamera’s life force from the wound it has created. Realizing that death is imminent, Gamera sacrifices its own hand by blowing it off to deny Irys power.

The confusion caused by this act of self-sacrifice allows Gamera to shove its good claw into Irys and remove Irys’ heart (Hirisaka). Meanwhile Asagi tries desperately to free Nagamine from wreckage in Kyoto station. Irys then readies a killing attack on Gamera with its tentacles. Irys fires on Gamera, but Gamera catches the blast in the stump of its hand and drives the energy right back into the exposed chest cavity of Irys.

This reflected energy shatters Irys from the inside out, along with the rest of Kyoto Train station. The girls are protected from the blast by Gamera’s bulk. Nagamine, Asagi and Moribe recover to find Gamera happily stomping on the smoking innards of Irys. Gamera returns a dying Hirisaki to Nagamine and Asagi. The girls try to revive Hirisaki but are unable to keep her from slipping away. Asagi looks up and pleads to Gamera to help Hirisaki.

Gamera accedes, bringing vitality back into Hirisaki with its mighty roar. Hirisaka revives, to the amazement of Nagamine and Asagi and the joy of Moribe. Hirisaka knows NOW that Gamera is not her enemy and not the cause of her parent’s deaths. Gamera moves away from Kyoto Station.

Segue to JSDF headquarters, where reports indicate thousands of Gyaos are descending upon Japan. The JSDF (FINALLY) orders attack orders switched from Gyaos to Gamera. With one last bellow, Gamera sets off through the flames of Kyoto to do battle with the Gyaos horde – mortally wounded, alone. Perhaps for its last battle.

What I like about This Movie

I have to say that this movie is perhaps the most technologically sound out all of the Heisei Series movie. No storyline it does come up short I really didn’t care too much for the storyline and then not saying it’s the worst, but it leaves you hanging just don’t know what happens to Gamera when all the Gyao show up recover in the last movie Gamera messes up the Earth’s energy and now everything is out of whack.

What I like about this movie clearly the suit is the best looking suit of all the Gamera. It has such an evil look than it looks really impressive. Let’s talk about Irys he goes through many stages and she is considered an abnormal or different version of a Gyaos. Like I said earlier many different stages to her final form truly awesome. What I didn’t like about the movie I would have to say I didn’t care too much for the storyline.

Closing Statements

This is a really good movie when it comes to special effects and sound as well. Gamera just looks truly awesome in this and this new monster Irys she does stand apart from all the other once that is for sure. The actual movie goes like this a young girl named Ayana is pissed off at Gamera because in the movie Gamera: Guardian of the Universe 1995 seems to her that Gamera till her parents. In this scene you see a completely different Gamera and it is called Trauma Gamera or Nightmare Gamera this is totally bad ass. I would love to see them doing movie with this suit it would be awesome if they get the storyline right.

Anyway she has a connection with Irys forces Irys to try to kill Gamera however we all know that’s not at work. Towards the end of the movie she realizes that her anger has consumed her rational thinking. Realizes that Gamera is a good guy and all is well in the end. This is one of the best of the best if you watch all of the Heisei Series Gamera movies then you definitely add this one to the list. In the end of the movie Gamera walked out of Kyoto station weary and exhausted with one less arm however you do see a tremendous amount of Gyaos storming in on him. This is where the movie ends however they did not pick up on that in the next movie to me is quite a disappointment because we go back through the child friendly Gamera.