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.

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