GAMERA (2015 short)
GAMERA (ＧＡＭＥＲＡ Gamera) is a 2015 kaiju short film first screened by Kadokawa Pictures at New York Comic Con on October 6. It was intended as a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Gamera's debut film and as a proof of concept for a feature-length reboot of the franchise.
The footage shown at New York Comic-Con starts with a flashback to Tokyo ten years in the past. Manafu, a young boy, and his father are among the citizens fleeing from the swarms of Gyaos attacking the city. Manafu's father pushes his son out of the way just before he is eaten by a Gyaos pursuing them. As the Gyaos prepares to consume the boy, a second Gyaos smashes through a nearby building and attacks it. This Gyaos turns its attention to the boy as well, only to be crushed underfoot by Gamera. Gamera then turns to an approaching swarm of Gyaos and takes in a huge breath of air before unleashing a gigantic blast of fire that annihilates them all.
Ten years later, Manafu watches as an eight-limbed creature devastates a city. Suddenly, Gamera appears once again to challenge the monster.
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Katsuhito Ishii
- Produced by Shinichiro Inoue
- Music by Kenji Kawai
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Rui Takahashi as Manafu
- Kankuro Kudo as Manafu's Father
Kadokawa's desire to produce a new Gamera film was revealed through the retailer Amiami, which listed that the May 16, 2014, issue of Kadokawa's Tokusatsu Newtype magazine would be having a lead feature on the project.
On October 8, 2015, Kadokawa Senior Managing Director Tsuyoshi Kikuchi and producer Shinichiro Inoue held a 50th anniversary presentation for Gamera at New York Comic-Con. Handbills and t-shirts were distributed at the event, which culminated in a screening of GAMERA. All of the monsters in the short were portrayed with CGI, a first for the series. Katsuhito Ishii was announced as the director of both the short and a potential upcoming film. A release date was not disclosed, nor were any plans to release it outside of Japan, though Kadokawa's representatives hinted that they wanted the film to have a global audience. An official website dedicated to Gamera's 50th anniversary launched later that day. It announced that the footage shown at NYCC would be screened at the 2015 Tokyo International Film Festival along with restored versions of Gamera vs. Gyaos, Gamera: Guardian of the Universe, Gamera 2: Attack of Legion, and Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris later in October. No news about a feature-length expansion of GAMERA has emerged since the launch of the website.
Though Kadokawa only released a 30-second version of the short through its YouTube channel, the presentation was broadcast online via Twitch, allowing fans to record the full film.
- Main article: Gamera (short)/Gallery.
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