Gamera: Super Monster (1980)

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Gamera films
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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) Masaichi Nagata, Hirozaki Oba,
Shigeru Shinohara, Yasuyoshi Tokuma, Masaya Tokuyama
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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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 it 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 Spaceship Zanon.

Staff

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

  • Directed by   Noriaki Yuasa
  • Written by   Nisan Takahashi
  • Produced by   Hirozaki Oba, Shigeru Shinohara, Yasuyoshi Tokuma, Masaya Tokuyama
  • Executive producing by   Masaichi Nagata
  • 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 Spaceship 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 Spaceship 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: Legacy Collection]

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

Videos

Japanese 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 regarding 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 a 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 5 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 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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Jwade1984life

24 days ago
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This deserves a much better remake
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Obi-X

27 days ago
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"this film was made for children on drugs"
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スペースゴジラ

one month ago
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HOOOoO DADDY is this movie BAD.
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Green Blob Thing

2 months ago
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As a film, yes this is absolutely dreadful, but if you just wanna see all of the Gamera fight scenes from the Showa era, then ngl this movie is kinda perfect because all of the fight scenes from the previous movies are present here, albeit with some cut down to make them faster and pacier.
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スペースゴジラ

one month ago
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Somebody make this movie PLEASE!
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スペースゴジラ

one month ago
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oops, replied to wrong comment.
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RexGoji

2 months ago
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Daiei must have been drunk out of their minds while making this. I know they were broke, but it would have been better to just leave it at Gamera vs Zigra. Hell, they were better off just begging for change on the streets.

This film makes Godzilla's Revenge look God's work.
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RexGoji

2 months ago
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I wish they made "Destroy All Kennys" instead.
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GojiKaijuFan06

2 months ago
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Y E S
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スペースゴジラ

one month ago
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get this man an oscar
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RexGoji

2 months ago
Score 0
The one kaiju movie that rivals Godzilla's Revenge.
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GojiKaijuFan06

2 months ago
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Me: I wonder why Zanon didn't drop the kaiju on America or Europe? (looks at films budget)

Me: Oh. That's why.
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HailDestoroyah

4 months ago
Score 1
Imagine an alternate universe where we had Gamera vs Garasharp instead of this.
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Godzillafan03

4 months ago
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I think that would be a good thing since I actually like the idea. And from the footage it looks like there was gonna be no kenny in the movie. Kenny means annoying little kid in a monster movie since they are normally named kenny.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

4 months ago
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Gamera's 1972 opponent was going to be Wyvern, not Garasharp. There absolutely would have been a kid or two with Yuasa directing.
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The H-Man

4 months ago
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They are not "normally named Kenny".
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Astounding Beyond Belief

4 months ago
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And the only two that are got renamed in the Sandy Frank dubs! (Unless you count Ken Yano.)
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スペースゴジラ

6 months ago
Score 2
The Empire Strikes Back was the better 1980-released movie
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Astounding Beyond Belief

4 months ago
Score 2
Bold words
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The H-Man

4 months ago
Score 1
Apples and oranges.
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スペースゴジラ

3 months ago
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thank you both
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GojiKaijuFan06

2 months ago
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I bet George Lucas was pissed when he saw that rip-off star destroyer.
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RexGoji

2 months ago
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There are so many Star Wars ripoffs out there, this is insignificant
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Bagan 1993

6 months ago
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Thinking about the plot this reminds of Godzilla final wars. (But this movie sucks)
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CrazyChickenzilla

7 months ago
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I like how Gamera comits suicide via kamikaze just to save the world instead of just blowing the ship up with a fire ball.
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Green Blob Thing

2 months ago
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It's because he knew what movie he was in and wanted an escape.
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JurassicKaiju14

11 months ago
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Spacewoman 1: Gee! It sure is BORING around here!

Spacewoman 2: Mah girl, this peace is what ALL true warriors strive for!

Spacewoman 1: I just wonder what Zanon is up to...


i'm sorry, I couldn't resist the opportunity.
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UltraGoji

8 months ago
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LOL
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Titanus Radon

14 months ago
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My review: Gamera: Super Monster


Pros: none


Cons: everything


Overall rating: 1/10 Stars. This movie made Godzilla's Revenge a masterpiece.
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UltraGoji

8 months ago
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Pros: Gamera was in it
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スペースゴジラ

6 months ago
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this movie makes Godzilla's Revenge look like Gojira.
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Bowzilla

16 months ago
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this is basicly gameras take in destroy all monsters
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UltraGoji

8 months ago
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Yes but with stock footage
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スペースゴジラ

6 months ago
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Destroy All Monsters had a bit of stock footage.
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Supercrazyfawful

17 months ago
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Can somebody please tell me, what is the budget of this movie? And I don't want a joke answer I want to know the actual answer. How much in yen or USD. Cause I know the budget of all the other Gamers movies before it. This in yen Gamera the invisible: 40 million Gamera vs Barugon: 80 million Gamera vs Gyaos: 60 million Gamera vs Viras: 24 million Gamera vs Gurion: 24 million Gamera vs Jiger: 35 million Gamera vs Zigra: 35 million Gamera Super Monster: ????????

If you know, please tell me how much in yen.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

17 months ago
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While I'm sure it's a comically small amount, the exact figure remains a mystery. And you don't have to flex, the other Showa budgets are all on our site. xD
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スペースゴジラ

6 months ago
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I'm guessing thier budget was around....$5.25?
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スペースゴジラ

6 months ago
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and all they could find for that CHEAPO price, was a knockoff Star Destroyer, some fireworks, and a well used flying Gamera prop from the previous movies.
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5146 Adam

17 months ago
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And I thought Godzilla's Revenge was bad...
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GodzillaLegendaryRPG

17 months ago
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Do you guys realize the spaceship is actually from Star Wars, or am I getting it backwards?
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The King of the Monsters

17 months ago
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It is a very well-known fact that Zanon's spaceship is a ripoff of an Imperial Star Destroyer from Star Wars. It's even stated on this page.
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Keizer Zilla

21 months ago
Score 2
What drugs (And how much) did they take when they made this?
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VaderRaptor

12 months ago
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All of them.
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Godzilla 65

22 months ago
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my title is Gamera vs stock footage and a star destroyer
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Theamazingdemo

25 months ago
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It's funny how this shitty film makes fun of Godzilla only to fuck itself over and get trampled on by the Big G's next films.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

25 months ago
Score 3
Are... are you actually upset about Dojira?
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Banjo234

25 months ago
Score 1
Gamera's Revenge
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Green Blob Thing

37 months ago
Score 8
I can see why Disney chose to make this part of Star Wars Legends and not part of the official canon.
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GMKLukezilla

44 months ago
Score 3
This movie should've been called "The Great Daiei Depression".
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SkullIsland

45 months ago
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Star Wars?
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Gamera

49 months ago
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Does anyone consider this to be in its own canon?
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The King of the Monsters

49 months ago
Score 2
It's apparent it was intended to be a capstone to the Showa series, but there are some continuity discrepancies, like Gamera supposedly being a boy's pet turtle that he recently set free. Plus it's overall (in my opinion) just a really terrible movie that also makes the strange decision to unceremoniously kill Gamera off in the movie's climax with no prior setup, so I kind of ignore it in regards to the continuity of the Showa series.
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Gamera

49 months ago
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The more I research and think about it, it's very clear that this isn't a reappearance of the Gamera from the past Showa films. It's more of a reboot. Some even consider the whole movie a dream or in the imagination of Keiichi.
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Green Blob Thing

49 months ago
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The Showa Gamera films are very loosely linked.
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Danijo

49 months ago
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It depends on how you see it. I, for one, don't consider it as canon. That's just my personal opinion. So don't take much into that.

Diamond Entertainment, which was one of the companies that distributed the English dubbed versions, didn't include this film their collection. They went as far as to say Gamera v.s. Zigra was Gamera's last film in the Showa series. Sounds like they disowned it...

Shout Factory and Mill Creek are the only ones to release the Japanes original ver. on DVD.
Kadokawa Pictures (formerly Daiei Motion Picture Company)
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