Gamera Super Monster (1980)

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Gamera films
Gamera vs. Zigra
Gamera Super Monster
Gamera the Guardian of the Universe
Gamera Super Monster
The Japanese poster for Gamera Super Monster
Alternate titles
Flagicon Japan.png Space Monster Gamera (1980)
Flagicon United States.png Gamera Super Monster (1980)
Flagicon global.png Super Monster (1980)
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Directed by Noriaki Yuasa
Producer Hirozaki Oba (executive);
Masaya Tokuyama, Shigeru Shinohara
Written by Nisan Takahashi
Music by Shunsuke Kikuchi
Distributor Daiei Film ReleasingJP, FilmwaysUS
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 directed by Noriaki Yuasa and written by Nisan Takahashi, with special effects by Yuasa. Produced by Daiei Film Releasing, it is the eighth entry in the Gamera series and final entry in the Showa series, the first Gamera film to be produced by Daiei Film, and the last feature-length Gamera film to be directed by Yuasa and written by Takahashi. It stars Mach Fumiake, Yaeko Kojima, Yoko Komatsu, Keiko Kudo, and Koichi Maeda. The film was released to Japanese theaters by Daiei Film on March 20, 1980. It aired on television in the United States later that same year, and also received an English-dubbed theatrical release in Australia under the title Super Monster.

Gamera Super Monster features special effects scenes consisting almost entirely of stock footage from previous Showa Gamera films, with the only new footage consisting of shots of Gamera in flight and of his legs while walking. Young Keiichi befriends three extraterrestrial superheroines called the Spacewomen, who learn that the evil crew of the pirate spaceship Zanon intends to attack Earth using the giant monsters Gyaos, Zigra, Viras, Jiger, Guiron, and Barugon. Fortunately, Gamera rises to battle the Zanon's monster pawns, while Keiichi and the Spacewomen contend with the Zanon's agent on Earth, Giruge. Gamera Super Monster failed at the Japanese box office, placing the series on hiatus for 15 years until its 30th anniversary. The series was rebooted in 1995 with Gamera the Guardian of the Universe.

Plot[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

  • Directed by   Noriaki Yuasa
  • Written by   Nisan Takahashi
  • Executive producer   Hirozaki Oba
  • Produced by   Shigeru Shinohara, Masaya Tokuyama
  • 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   Hirochika Muraishi
  • Director of special effects   Noriaki Yuasa (uncredited)

Cast[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Monsters[edit | edit source]

Weapons, vehicles, and races[edit | edit source]

Alternate titles[edit | edit source]

  • Space Monster Gamera (literal Japanese title)
  • Super Monster (original English title)
  • Gamera: The Super Monster (original U.S. DVD title)
  • Gamera: Super Monster (U.S. DVD title)

Theatrical releases[edit | edit source]

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

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: Gamera Super Monster/Gallery.

Video releases[edit | edit source]

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 and The Last Hope.
  • Notes: Gamera: The Complete Collection is out of print. 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[edit | edit source]

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

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Every one of the monsters fought by Gamera in the Showa series appears in this film via stock footage from each of the films they first appeared in, with each beginning with a subtitle revealing their name. Gamera fights Gyaos, Zigra, Viras, Jiger, Guiron, and Barugon, in that order.
  • 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 film poster, the film features a spaceship which bears a suspicious resemblance to an Imperial Star Destroyer, an obvious attempt on Daiei's part 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 film, Gamera knocks over a billboard while destroying Tokyo under Zanon's control. The camera then zooms closer, 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 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 at the time.
  • 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 the spaceship Zanon is particularly villainous.
  • One scene in the film shows Gamera flying with the Yamato from the anime Space Battleship Yamato and another one 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 previously existing ones had all been destroyed in a studio fire after Daiei went bankrupt in 1971. Ex created a Gamera suit and a Gamera prop for the film, though Daiei ultimately decided to primarily use stock footage from the seven previous films, relegating the prop to a few brief flying scenes and the suit to a single shot of its lower body.

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