Gamera 2: Attack of Legion (1996)

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Gamera Films
Gamera: Guardian of the Universe
Gamera 2: Attack of Legion
Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris
Kadokawa Pictures (Daiei Motion Picture Company)Slash.pngToho Company, Limited Monster Movie
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Gamera 2: Attack of Legion
Alternate Titles
Flagicon Japan.png Gamera 2: Legion Invasion (1996)
Flagicon United States.png Gamera: Attack of Legion (DVD 2003)
See alternate titles
Directed by Shusuke Kaneko
Produced by Miyuki Nanri, Naoki Sato, Tsutomu Tsuchikawa
Written by Kazunori Ito
Music by Kow Otani
Distributor TohoJP,
ADV FilmsUS
Rating Not Rated
Box Office ¥700,000,000[1]
Running Time 99 minutes
(1 hour, 39 minutes)
Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
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Who will be extinct, Japan, or Legion? (消滅するのは、日本か、レギオンか。)
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— Tagline

Gamera 2: Attack of Legion (ガメラ2 レギオン襲来,   Gamera Tsū Region Shūrai, lit. Gamera 2: Legion Invasion) is a 1996 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Daiei Motion Picture Company and the tenth entry in the Gamera series, as well as the second entry in Shusuke Kaneko's Heisei Gamera trilogy and the second Gamera film to be distributed by Toho.

Plot

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A year has passed since the battle between Gamera and the Gyaos, and Japan has struggled to rebuild its cities in the meantime. The JSDF has kept a cautious vigil on the nation's coast, but so far Gamera has yet to return. Suddenly, a series of bizarre incidents reveal a new threat to the land of the rising sun. On a moonlit stroll, science instructor Midori Honami watches as a huge meteor plunges into the mountain snow. The next night, two security guards are horrified as they see the shadows of man-sized, crab-like insects stealing glass bottles from a nearby warehouse. Soon after, the entire city of Sapporo is entangled in grass-like spikes and the link between these events soon becomes clear.

The meteor has carried with it a species of extraterrestrials. These aliens have set up a hive in the bowels of the city's subway tunnels, deliberately nurturing the plants that are covering the city. Soon a gigantic flower erupts from a building and Colonel Watarase of the Self-Defense Force realizes that it is dramatically raising the city's oxygen levels. Working together with the swift-minded Miss Honami, he realizes that the aliens are building a huge biological launchpad: the increased oxygen will aid the aliens in exploding the flower, catapulting its seed into space so that they can colonize yet another world. The military can only watch helplessly, as any attempt to destroy the flower would destroy all of Sapporo.

Just as all hope is lost, Gamera flies from the sea and heads toward the besieged city. He tears the flower out by its roots, but is ambushed by a swarm of the aliens. As Gamera thrashes to rid himself of the attacking aliens, a nearby soldier names them "Legion", after a passage from the Bible. Gamera is forced to retreat, just as the daikaiju-sized Mother Legion bursts out of the ground and flies off to start a second hive.

Again, a Legion flower blooms, this time in Sendai, and again Gamera attempts to stop its explosion. He is intercepted, however, by the Mother Legion. She makes short work of Gamera, impaling him with her sharp legs and blasting him with her horn beam. Left for dead, Gamera limps toward the flower, destroying it by knocking it down before it launches its seed into space. The flower explodes and completely annihilates Sendai; and seemingly killing Gamera. The failure of the first two flowers signaled desperation in the Mother Legion's mind. The first two flowers had been destroyed, but now Gamera was dead and all that remained was to eliminate the human resistance and then Tokyo would belong to the Legion.

Japan's self-defense forces and scientists race to find the Legion's weakness, but have so far found only one clue: the Soldier Legion are attracted to any electromagnetic source, such as a power line or a neon light. While this may enable the army to distract them, it has the unfortunate side-effect of drawing them to Tokyo: Japan's capital city, and the largest source of electromagnetism in the nation. The military knows it needs Gamera's help, and so Miss Honami brings in the one person who could possibly revive him: Asagi Kusanagi, the young girl who bonded with him during the Gyaos attack one year ago. Asagi visits the ruins of Sendai where Gamera lies comatose, and as she tries to reach out to him, the mystical jewel that enables their bond shatters. Gamera is awakened, but at the sacrifice of his human connection.

The Mother Legion marches on Tokyo, but Gamera heads her off in the outskirts. She spawns a swarm of Soldiers against him, but the military manages to draw them off with an electric distraction and kill them. Gamera and the Mother Legion fight throughout the suburbs, and the military lobs a few missiles at the Legion in aid. Finally, Gamera manages to tear off the Mother Legion's horn, and she momentarily collapses in defeat.

Suddenly, the Mother Legion rises up and fires laser whips into Gamera's flesh. Gamera then looks into the sky and roars, and light begins to shine down upon him. As the Legion closes in, Gamera chest opens up and reveals a plasma cannon. Gamera fires it at the Mother Legion, who is hit by the blast and lets out a final roar before being blown apart and killed.

Gamera glances toward the human onlookers, and then ascends into the morning sky. As they watch Gamera fly into the distance, mankind is unsettled by his power, and trembles lest he should ever view humanity as an enemy...

Staff

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

Cast

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

  • Toshiyuki Nagashima   as   Colonel Watarase
  • Miki Mizuno   as   Midori Honami
  • Mitsuru Fukikoshi   as   Obitsu
  • Ayako Fujitani   as   Asagi Kusanagi
  • Tamotsu Ishibashi   as   Hanatani
  • Hiroyuki Okita   as   Sasai
  • Yukijiro Hotaru   as   Osako
  • Yusuke Kawazu   as   Nojiri
  • Hatsunori Hasegawa   as   Colonel Satake
  • Tomorowo Taguchi   as   Subway Driver
  • Ishi Rasale   as   NTT Worker
  • Akira Ohashi   as   Gamera
  • Mizuho Yoshida and Toshinori Sasaki   as   Mother Legion
  • Tomohiko Akayama   as   Soldier Legion
  • Yuji Kobayashi   as   Soldier Legion
  • Yoshiyuki Watanabe   as   Soldier Legion
  • Akihiro Nakata   as   Soldier Legion

English Dub

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

  • Jay Hickman   as   Colonel Watarase
  • Shelley Calene-Black   as   Midori Honami
  • Chris Patton   as   Obitsu
  • Illich Guardiola   as   Hanatani
  • Luci Christian   as   Asagi Kusanagi
  • Rob Mungle   as   Colonel Satake

Appearances

Monsters

Weapons, Vehicles, and Races


Gallery

Main article: Gamera 2: Attack of Legion/Gallery.

Soundtrack

Main article: Gamera 2: Attack of Legion (Soundtrack).

Alternate Titles

  • Gamera 2: Legion Invasion (Literal Japanese title)
  • Gamera 2: The Real Guardian of the Universe (Early English title)
  • G2: Gamera vs. Legion (Early English title)
  • Gamera 2: Advent of Legion (Alternate English title)
  • Gamera 2: Assault of the Legion (English Japanese title)
  • Gamera 2: Assault of Legion (Japanese 4K Blu-ray English title)
  • Gamera: Attack of Legion (U.S. DVD Title)
  • Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion (U.S. Blu-ray Title)

Theatrical Releases

Video Releases

ADV Films DVD (2003)

  • Region: 1
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (5.1 Surround), English (5.1 Surround)
  • Special Features: Interview with Shinji Higuchi (32 minutes), two press conferences (7 minutes), six trailers, ten TV spots, behind the scenes footage (3 minutes), Yubari Fantasy Film Festival premiere (6 minutes), footage from the film's opening day in Japanese theaters (4 minutes), Gamera Promotional Events featurette (5 minutes), outtakes (4 minutes; dubbing gags rather than on-set mistakes), Lake Texarkana Gamera (13-minute gag dub of the film)
  • Notes: A full-length version of the Lake Texarkana Gamera dub is available on a 2004 re-release packaged with Gamera: Guardian of the Universe and Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris in the Gamera Complete DVD Collection. Out of print.

Mill Creek Blu-ray (2011)

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

Kadokawa Blu-ray (2016) [Heisei Gamera 4K Digital Restoration Blu-ray Box]

  • Region: A/1
  • Discs: 6
  • Audio: Japanese (DTS HD 5.1 Surround and DTS HD 2 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Japanese
  • Special Features: Two "Special Contents" discs consisting of over 760 minutes of bonus footage for all four Heisei Gamera films; 200-page "G I-III SFX & Art Photographs" booklet featuring 750 unreleased photos from the Heisei Gamera trilogy; 32-page "G I-IV Complement Books" booklet featuring interviews, plot summaries, Laserdisc cover artwork, and more for all four Heisei Gamera films
  • Notes: Packaged with Gamera: Guardian of the Universe, Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris, and Gamera the Brave.

Box Office

The film did fairly well, with a gross of $6,500,000.

Reception

Gamera 2: Attack of Legion is considered one of the best Gamera films, and is highly favored by fans. The film has an audience percentage of 84%, with an average rating of 3.8 out of 5, on the movie reviewing site Rotten Tomatoes.[2] It also has a score of 7.3 out of 10 on IMDb.[3]

Videos

Japanese trailers and TV spots
Clip from the A.D.Vision redneck dub

External Links

References

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G&G-Fan

8 days ago
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I watched this film recently after not seeing it for years... and honestly, I was quite underwhelmed. The special effects are great, the monster designs are awesome, and the soundtrack is good. But I found the story and the characters to be lacking. The story is another alien invasion story, and while that's not bad, it isn't as unique or interesting to me as 1 and 3. That's one of the weaknesses of Godzilla's Showa era for me, the constant overuse of an alien invasion, and I was glad Heisei Godzilla steered away from that. The characters were bland. Asagi was underutilized, basically being like Miki from Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, and the only other character I can remember is one dude that was played by the same actor who played Professor Omae in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, and that's the only reason why I remember him. The rest were just soldiers and there's this one lady who I guess is supposed to be the protagonist but she's just kind of there. Suddenly, half-way through the movie, it's revealed she has some connection with one of the soldier dudes and I'm just like "....Ok?". And the ending feels rushed. First, I think the mana blast happened too early. The final battle was too short for me, I wanted to see more. Second, it's revealed in 3 that the blast had dire consequences, but it doesn't feel like a last resort. Gamera isn't at his lowest point or beat to a pulp. He isn't forced to do it. It just feels like something he pulls out of his ass. It doesn't feel like he needs to do it to kill Legion yet, it just feels like he did it just because he wanted to get it over with. Third, after the mana blast, it basically just ends. We see him fly off, and then Asagi tells us something and it suddenly just ends with his roar. Like what?! Slow down! Now don't jump to conclusions, I don't dislike it. I thought it was just "pretty good". I much preferred Guardian of the Universe to this.
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Gamera

26 months ago
Score 0
Awesome movie and entertaining fights! Gamera is very powerful here!
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Garfzilla

25 months ago
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Awesome! Yeah! Best Gamera Movie EVER!