Gamera vs. Guiron (1969)

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Movie Connections:
> Gamera (1965)
> Gamera vs. Barugon (1966)
> Gamera vs. Guiron (1969)
> Gamera Legacy Collection (2014)
Noriaki Yuasa Noriaki Yuasa
Nobuhiro Kajima Nobuhiro Kajima
Miyuki Akiyama Miyuki Akiyama
Christopher Murphy Christopher Murphy
Yűko Hamada Yűko Hamada
Eiji Funakoshi Eiji Funakoshi
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Genres / Traits: Action, Creature Film, Sci-Fi Action, Science Fiction, Kaiju
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Review by Ginose
Added: December 10, 2007
Again another kaiju movie... why do I love them so much? I mean, there isn't much going on, they're not good, they're not bad, they're just ridiculously childish.

Now, as much as Godzilla is the king of monsters, the obvious second to his throne would have to be our favorite saber-toothed, turtle-meat packed, fire-spitting kaiju Gamera. This turtle has seen so much action it'd make your head spin, he always has to protect Earth's children from one threat or another and he always does it with finesse... and fire...

This one started off pretty comically: There's a scientific discussion about space and all the stars that we don't know about yet... then it goes to two children having the same conversation. After seeing a spaceship fall in the vacant lot where they play, the two boys go and investigate inside of the spaceship (despite the insistences against it by one of the boys' younger sister). Not long after they go in they take-off, hurling through space to an unknown destination. In this speeded rush they end up flying through a field of asteroids, OH NO! But, luckily, Gamera hears the boys cries and flies to their rescue, crushing the rocks and trying to stop the boys before they go any farther. Although Gamera cannot stop them, he continues after them as best as he can, not being able to match the speed of the remote-controlled ship.

Not much later, the boys arrive on a planet with the same atmosphere of Earth, including one of Earth's greatest threats: Gaos, the reptile bird that Gamera had defeated so long ago. But, luckily as the monster is destroying one of this high-tech planet's local towns a hero emerges... who has a giant blade for his face. Quickly deflecting one of Gaos' beams with his own sharp nose into Gaos' leg, Guiron (our new monster) is victorious and returns to his underground dwelling.

What is the origin of this new monster? What planet is this and what is in store for the boys? And what has happened to our hero, Gamera? All these questions will be answered as this cheesy giant-monster movie continues to unfold...

As a whole, this movie is more than entertaining: Half-assed acting, goofy characters, bad-ass monsters with weird designs, brain-eating Asian women... there really isn't even a plot-hole to consider, because there's so little plot! But, all in all, this was a TV movie made for children featuring one of Japan's most iconic monsters, what exactly did you expect?

All in all I wasn't disappointed with this, it's a fun movie that any family can enjoy watching together when they need a good laugh. It's no technical feat, there's nothing impressive in the costumes or the fights, but it was certainly a fun watch... just don't go to it expecting anything modern Toho worthy. Just expect a children's movie shot on a near-nothing budget.

6/10 from this short-review.
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Crispy #1: Crispy - added 12/10/2007, 02:29 PM
Gamera is criminally underrated.
Ginose #2: Ginose - added 12/10/2007, 08:08 PM
Agreed whole-heartidly. I do absolutely love the turtle. That new series they started in the 90s was an amazing treat... think they have a 4th in the works?
Crispy #3: Crispy - added 12/10/2007, 08:28 PM
I just got that trilogy. Reviews pending of course, got another highbrow trilogy in front of it. But I wouldn't hold my breath for a 4th, since they rebooted the series again after that with Gamera The Brave. However, there is a fan made 4th movie, called Gamera 4: The Truth if you feel like hunting that down.
Ginose #4: Ginose - added 12/10/2007, 08:30 PM
Sounds fun, TO THE INTERNET!
Griffinheart #5: Griffinheart - added 12/22/2007, 01:53 PM
Picked up this movie at Walmart for a dollar. I don't think the girlfriend was as amused by it as I was, but meh! 7/10
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