Gamera: Super Monster (1980)

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Gamera films
Gamera vs. Zigra
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Gamera: Super Monster
The Japanese poster for Gamera: Super Monster
Alternate titles
Flagicon Japan.png Space Monster Gamera (1980)
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Directed by Noriaki Yuasa
Producer(s) Hirozaki Oba (executive);
Masaya Tokuyama, Shigeru Shinohara
Written by Nisan Takahashi
Music by Shunsuke Kikuchi
Distributor DaieiJP, Filmways TelevisionUS
Rating Not Rated
Running time 92 minutes
(1 hour, 32 minutes)
Aspect ratio 1.85:1
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Clash of monsters VS giant spaceships! A thrilling and exciting special effects blockbuster! (怪獣VS巨大宇宙船の激突!スリルと興奮の特撮超大作!)
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Gamera: Super Monster (宇宙怪獣ガメラ,   Uchū Kaijū Gamera, lit. Space Monster Gamera) is a 1980 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Daiei Motion Picture Company. It is the eighth and final entry in the Showa Gamera series, and the last Gamera film written by Nisan Takahashi and directed by Noriaki Yuasa. It was released to Japanese theaters on March 20, 1980.

Plot

When the pirate spaceship Zanon makes its way to Earth to destroy it, all hope seems lost. The Earth's resident superheroes, the Spacewomen, are powerless to stop the ship, its captain and its army of monsters. They must enlist the help of a young boy who has a special connection with Gamera. The friend of all children then fights and kills Gyaos, Zigra, Viras, Jiger, Guiron, and Barugon. He then sacrifices himself to destroy Zanon.

Staff

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   Noriaki Yuasa
  • Written by   Nisan Takahashi
  • Produced by   Shigeru Shinohara, Masaya Tokuyama
  • Executive producer   Hirozaki Oba
  • Music by   Shunsuke Kikuchi
  • Cinematography by   Michio Takahashi, Akira Uehara
  • Edited by   Zenko Miyazaki, Tatsuji Nakashizu, Shoji Sekiguchi
  • Production design by   Akira Inoue, Tomohisa Yano
  • Assistant directing by   Hiromi Munemoto
  • Special effects by   Noriaki Yuasa

Cast

Main article: Gamera: Super Monster/Credits.

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Mach Fumiake   as   Kilara
  • Yaeko Kojima   as   Marsha
  • Yoko Komatsu   as   Mitan
  • Keiko Kudo   as   Giruge
  • Koichi Maeda   as   Keiichi
  • Toshie Takada   as   Keiichi's Mother
  • Kisao Tobita   as   Driver
  • Osamu Kobayashi   as   Captain of Zanon (voice)

International English dub

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Suzanne Vale   as   Kilara
  • Chris Hilton   as   Driver / Captain of Zanon / Punk / News Announcer / Reporter
  • Ted Thomas   as   Policeman / Narrator / Photographer

Appearances

Monsters

Weapons, vehicles, and races

Alternate titles

  • Space Monster Gamera (literal Japanese title)
  • Super Monster (original English title)

Theatrical releases

  • Japan - March 20, 1980
  • Australia - 1980
  • France - 1983
  • Poland - 1984

Gallery

Main article: Gamera: Super Monster/Gallery.

Video releases

Shout! Factory DVD (2010)

  • Region: 1
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (1.0 Mono), English (1.0 Mono)
  • Special features: Photo galleries
  • Notes: Both versions of the film use the same Japanese video track. Packaged with Gamera vs. Zigra.

Mill Creek DVD (2014) [Gamera: The Legacy Collection]

Mill Creek Blu-ray (2014) [Gamera: The Ultimate Collection Volume 2]

Arrow Video Blu-ray (2020/2021) [Gamera: The Complete Collection and Gamera: The Showa Era]

  • Region: A and B
  • Discs: 8 (The Complete Collection] or 4 (The Showa Era)
  • Audio: Japanese and English (DTS-HD Master Audio Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Special features: Audio commentary by Richard Pusateri, introduction by August Ragone (6 minutes), opening and end credits from the international and Filmways versions of the film (11 minutes), Japanese and international trailers, and an image gallery. Gamera: The Complete Collection includes 12 art cards by Matt Frank, a map of Gamera's appearances throughout the world, and two books; the first collects A History of Gamera by Patrick Macias, a 1996 Noriaki Yuasa interview by David Milner, kaiju x-ray illustrations by Jolyan Yates, three Fangoria articles on the Heisei Gamera trilogy by Norman England, a guide to the English dubs of the Gamera series by James Flower, and information on the transfers presented in the set, while the second reprints the comics Gamera: The Guardian of the Universe and The Last Hope.
  • Notes: Gamera: The Complete Collection is out of print, while Gamera: The Showa Era will be released on January 25, 2021. Packaged with the other 11 Gamera films in The Complete Collection and the other seven Showa Gamera films in The Showa Era. Due to the large number of special features in these sets, only the supplements pertinent to Gamera: Super Monster are described above.

Videos

Japanese trailer
International trailer
English beginning and end credits
English monster supers

Trivia

  • Every one of the monsters fought by Gamera in the Showa series appears in this film via stock footage, each with a subtitle revealing their name. In order, he fights Gyaos, Zigra, Viras, Jiger, Guiron and Barugon.
  • Actress Mach Fumiake, who portrays the Spacewoman Kilara, was a professional wrestler at the time this film was made.
  • The "Gamera March" theme song is absent from this film, and a new theme song, "Love for Future," appears multiple times.
  • This film, because of the heavy use of stock footage (which took up over one-third of the film), featured only about two minutes of new Gamera footage.
  • As can be seen from the poster, the film features a spaceship which bears a suspicious resemblance to an Imperial Star Destroyer, an obvious attempt to capitalize on the success of the Star Wars films.
  • As Gamera originally fought Guiron on an alien planet (Terra), a plot device was created for this film that allowed Gamera to travel to his enemies' locations.
  • At one point in the movie, Gamera knocks over a billboard. The camera then zooms closer to revealing it as an advertisement for a film titled "Sayonara Dojira," featuring artwork strongly resembling Godzilla, Gamera's box-office rival. Ironically, the Godzilla series had been in a hiatus for over five years by the time of the release of Gamera: Super Monster, meaning that there was little competition on the market for Daiei to go up against.
  • The name of the antagonistic spaceship in this film, Zanon, appears to be a corruption/transliteration of the chemical element Xenon, a noble gas. This is ironic, given that Spaceship Zanon is particularly villainous.
  • One scene shows Gamera flying with Yamato from the anime Space Battleship Yamato and another shows Gamera chasing the Galaxy Express 999 from the titular anime, both of which combine live action footage of Gamera with animation.
  • Daiei contracted Ex Productions to create new Gamera suits and props for this film, as the existing ones had been destroyed in a fire after Daiei went bankrupt. Ex created a suit and a prop for the film, though Daiei ultimately decided to primarily use stock footage from the previous films, relegating the prop to a few brief scenes and the suit to a single shot of its lower body.

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