Gamera: Super Monster (1980)

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Gamera Films
Gamera vs. Zigra
Gamera: Super Monster
Gamera: Guardian of the Universe
Kadokawa Pictures (Daiei Motion Picture Company) Monster Movie
The Japanese poster for Gamera: Super Monster
Gamera: Super Monster
Alternate Titles
Flagicon Japan.png Space Monster Gamera (1980)
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Directed by Noriaki Yuasa
Produced by Masaichi Nagata, Hirozaki Ohba, Shigeru Shinohara, Yasuyoshi Tokuma, Masaya Tokuyama
Written by Nisan Takahashi
Music by Shunsuke Kikushi
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 evil alien Zanon comes to enslave the Earth in his mothership, all hope seems lost. The Earth's resident superheroes, the Spacewomen, are powerless to stop him. 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 the revived Gyaos, Zigra, Viras, Jiger, Guiron, and Barugon. He then sacrifices himself to kill Zanon by destroying his spaceship.

Staff

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

  • Directed by   Noriaki Yuasa
  • Written by   Nisan Takahashi
  • Produced by   Hirozaki Ohba, 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

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   Zanon (voice)
  • Toru Kawai   as   Gamera

Appearances

Monsters

Weapons, Vehicles, and Races

Alternate Titles

  • Space Monster Gamera (Literal Japanese Title)
  • Super Monster (Original English Title)

Gallery

Main article: Gamera: Super Monster/Gallery.

DVD and Blu-ray 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 the revived 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 main antagonist in this film, Zanon, appears to be a corruption/transliteration of the chemical element Xenon, a noble gas. This is ironic, given that 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 Equis 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. Equis created a suit and a prop for the film, although 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.

Kadokawa Pictures (formerly Daiei Motion Picture Company)
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Theamazingdemo

2 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

2 months ago
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Are... are you actually upset about Dojira?
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Banjo234

3 months ago
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Gamera's Revenge
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Green Blob Thing

14 months ago
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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

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

22 months ago
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Star Wars?
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Gamera

27 months ago
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Does anyone consider this to be in its own canon?
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Titanollante

27 months ago
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I haven't watched this film (or vs. Zigra) so I wouldn't know.
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The King of the Monsters

27 months ago
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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

27 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

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

27 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.