Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion (1996)

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Gamera Films
Gamera: Guardian of the Universe
Gamera 2: Attack of the 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 the Legion
Alternate Titles
Flagicon Japan.png Gamera 2: Legion Invasion (1996)
Flagicon United States.png Gamera: Attack of Legion (DVD 2003)
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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 the 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

In 1996, NASA scientists suddenly detect a massive meteor shower unexpectedly hurtling toward Earth. As it is too late to initiate preparations for impact, NASA simply makes a press release about a "freak meteor shower." One particularly large meteor crashes near Lake Shikotsu in Hokkaido, and in its aftermath a strange aurora appears in a night sky over the area. Immediately the JSDF's chemical protection platoon scrambles to investigate the impact site. Also investigating are the Sapporo Science Center curator Midori Honami and director Akio Nojiri. As they approach the Lake, their vehicle suddenly breaks down. Honami flags down the nearby JSDF soldiers and recruits them to help start their car. Honamu and Nojiri begin discussing the meteor with Colonel Yusuke Watarase and First Lieutenant Hanatani, who reveal that in their investigation found no sign of the large meteorite, only an impact crater. Honami proposes that perhaps the meteor somehow moved under its own power, as unlikely as it sounds. Watarase and Hanatani realize it may be a possibility, as the impact crater shows skid marks as if the meteor was slowing down before landing. In the outskirts of Sapporo, more strange phenomena begin occurring over the next several days. Security guards at a brewery witness a strange human-sized insectoid creature rummaging through the bottled beer. Obitsu, an engineer at NTT Hokkaido's network operation center, discovers that the network's fiber-optic cables have mysteriously disappeared. As each incident occurs, they happen closer and closer to the city limits of Sapporo. Honami investigates the brewery with Watarase and Hanatani, and discovers that all of the bottles have seemingly been disintegrated while their contents were left behind. She next views a police interview tape with one of the witnesses, Tsutomu Osako, who describes seeing a huge creature disintegrating the bottles. Watarase explains that the police were hesitant to believe Osako's story, as he was the first reported witness of Gyaos the year before while he was a detective with the Nagasaki Police Department. Hanatani shows Honami that silicon powder was recovered from the scene, suggesting that the bottles were all broken down into silicon powder.

Five days after the meteor impact, a subway train in Sapporo is attacked by the same type of creature that was seen in the brewery. In addition, a gigantic flower erupts from the buildings in the center of town. The Sapporo police rescue several survivors of the attack and close the subway off, but Watarase's platoon arrives to take over the situation. Curiously, some of the subway passengers were spared while others were killed by the creatures, seemingly at random. Watarase and his men travel into the subway and witness several of the creatures crawling around the tunnels, which Watarase describes as neither crustaceans nor insects. Honami proposes that the creatures, or "Colony," are in a symbiotic relationship with the plant, or "Pod," and they both arrived together from outer space in the meteor shower. She compares them to leafcutter ants, which cultivate a fungus in order to maintain their nest. In this case, the Colony breaks down silicon and feeds it to the Pod, which gives off high amounts of oxygen. Watarase attends a meeting of JSDF personnel to discuss their findings, and at this meeting it is determined that the alien creatures cannot possibly co-exist with humanity, and that they must be destroyed before they can destroy mankind. The JSDF prepares to destroy the Pod, which is now in flower, by planting explosives on its roots in the subway, assuming that the blast will be amplified by the heightened oxygen levels and completely destroy it. Honami believes that the Colony must spread to other worlds by making the Pod launch a seed into outer space, and convinces Obitsu to run a simulation using NTT's computers showing the projected damage should the Pod seed. To their horror, the simulation shows that everything in a six mile radius would be wiped out by the explosion produced when the Pod seeds. Obitsu tells Honami that they should run, but she points out that they would never be able to outrun that explosion.

As the JSDF prepares to blow up the Pod, Gamera surfaces from the Sanriku coast and flies to Sapporo. Gamera lands and inhales the increased oxygen around the Pod, then blasts it with a particularly powerful plasma fireball. Gamera then approaches the Pod and uproots it, then destroys it with another fireball. Just as Gamera seems victorious, thousands of the alien creatures pour out of the subway tunnels and climb onto him, biting through his flesh. As Watarase and Hanatani watch the creatures swarm over Gamera, Hanatani quotes a passage from the Bible: "And he asked him, 'What is thy name?' And he answered saying, 'My name is Legion, for we are many.'" Gamera struggles unsuccessfully against the creatures covering him, and finally collapses to the ground. However, several of the creatures are distracted by a nearby electrical transformer and climb off of Gamera and onto it. Gamera seizes the opportunity and flies back to the ocean. Shortly afterward, a gigantic winged creature bursts from the ground and flies away. F-15J fighter jets are scrambled to shoot the monster down, and successfully strike it with missiles over the Tsugaru Strait. However, only a severed wing is recovered, and the monster is still unaccounted for. Several carcasses of the smaller creatures are located on the beach near where Gamera plunged back into the ocean. One of the carcasses is dissected, from which it is determined that the creature move through the use of pressurized gas in their limbs in place of muscles. Watarase and Obitsu meet with Honami at her home to discuss the ecology of the creatures, which are now being called "Symbiotic Legion." They determine that the Legion communicate through the use of electromagnetic waves. Watarase shows the others that all of the subway passengers who were killed by the Legion were carrying electronic devices such as pagers and radios. They come to the conclusion that the Legion must see any electrical signals which interfere with their communication as a threat, explaining why they would attack humans carrying such electronic devices and why they swarmed off of Gamera to climb onto an electrical transformer. This also means, they realize, that the Legion must be drawn to large cities due to the high concentration of electromagnetic waves.

True to their prediction, a second Pod appears in Sendai. Due to Sendai's warmer climate, the Pod flowers much faster and is preparing to seed before the JSDF has time to respond. Evacuation of the city begins immediately, with civilians boarding helicopters at an airfield just outside the city. Honami is escorted to one of the choppers, but before she boards Gamera is seen flying overhead. As he approaches Sendai, two colossal spear-tipped claws burst from the ground and knock him from the sky. The civilians panic and begin rushing into the helicopters, knocking down a young woman on crutches. Honami and the girl's friend help her into the helicopter, and watch through a window as the gigantic Mother Legion emerges from underground and attacks Gamera. When Honami sees the friend of the girl she helped watching the battle and clutching a magatama, she realizes that she is Asagi Kusanagi, the girl who communicated with Gamera. One of the helicopters successfully takes off, but the other one is unable due to the shaking of the ground caused by the monsters. Gamera tries his hardest to hold the Mother Legion back and allow the helicopter to safely take off, with his enemy stabbing through his shell with her legs. The helicopter finally takes off and escapes, but Mother Legion is determined to hold Gamera off long enough for the Pod to launch its seed. The horn on her head splits open and fires a beam which obliterates surrounding buildings and blasts off a corner of Gamera's shell. Gamera is severely wounded by Legion's assault and collapses to the ground. With her enemy defeated, Mother Legion burrows underground and vanishes. Gamera weakly gets back to his feet and limps into downtown Sendai to try and stop the Pod. He knocks the Pod on its side and throws himself in front of it just as it launches its seed, triggering an explosion that reduces the majority of Sendai to a crater. Amid the ruins, Gamera sits lifeless, appearing to have perished in the explosion.

The JSDF convenes a meeting with Watarase and Honami to discuss further countermeasures. Honami says that after failing twice to fire their seed into space, the Legion will be desperate and likely head to Tokyo next. With Gamera no longer around to stop the Legion, the JSDF sets up a defense line outside of Tokyo in an attempt to preempt their arrival. Honami brings Asagi to an airport so she can fly home, but Asagi insists that Gamera is not dead and won't let the Legion win. Honami decides to go with Asagi to the ruins of Sendai, where many people have gathered around Gamera's body. Meanwhile, the Mother Legion appears at Ashikaga. Despite the JSDF's all-out assault from both air and land, their attacks fail to harm the monster which easily breaks through each defense line as she makes her way to Tokyo. Back in Sendai, the congregated people begin to pray for Gamera to return, and as if answering that prayer golden light begins to swirl into the air around Gamera. The energy takes the form of a magatama before flowing into Gamera's body. Asagi's magatama shatters in her hand just as Gamera awakens and takes flight. As Gamera approaches Mother Legion's location, Hanatani tells the division chief that they need to support Gamera as he cannot stand alone against the Mother Legion and her Soldiers. Gamera lands and spits plasma fireballs at Mother Legion, who deflects them with her interference wave claws. Gamera tries to attack Mother Legion, but is once again wounded by her microwave beam and outmatched against her greater size and strength. Finally, the division chief gives the order for the remaining troops to support Gamera and open fire on Legion. Artillery strikes Mother Legion's claws, severing some of them and disabling her ability to block Gamera's fireballs.

Obitsu puts into motion his own plan to stop the Soldier Legion from affecting the battle. He convinces an NTT substation in the area to begin broadcasting, causing the Soldier Legion swarm to be attracted to the power lines just outside the station. Obitsu arrives at the station and tries to evacuate the employee working there, but they are both menaced by a single Soldier Legion which has made its way inside. Fortunately, Watarase arrives and kills the Legion with his handgun and helps the other escape the station. Once they reach a safe distance, Watarase uses his radio to give the order for nearby helicopters to open fire. The helicopters launch missiles at the congregated Legion on the power lines, wiping them all out.

Gamera grabs Mother Legion's horn and with all of his strength tears it off. Mother Legion shrieks and collapses to the ground, but her eyes suddenly turn red and she gets back up. From the area where her horn once was she begins firing red strands of energy which penetrate Gamera's body and burn him. Mother Legion continues assaulting Gamera and breaks through the final defense line. Before his enemy can reach Tokyo, Gamera summons a huge amount of energy into himself and begins to glow brightly. Suddenly, the shell over Gamera's abdomen opens and from it he fires an extremely powerful beam of plasma which reduces Mother Legion to dust in a single strike. As the sun rises, the victorious Gamera takes flight while the JSDF looks on. The JSDF finally declares the operation successful and celebrates.

A few days later, Honami and Obitsu are walking through Sapporo. Honami says she believes Gamera isn't specifically fighting to protect humanity but rather fighting on behalf of all life on Earth. Obitsu wonders what would happen if Gamera deemed humanity a threat to other life on Earth, to which Honami replies that she wouldn't want to be Gamera's 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 Yusuke Watarase, JGSDF Chemical School
  • Miki Mizuno   as   Midori Honami, Sapporo Science Center curator
  • Tamotsu Ishibashi   as   First Lieutenant Hanatani
  • Mitsuru Fukikoshi   as   Obitsu, engineer at NTT Hokkaido network operation center
  • Ayako Fujitani   as   Asagi Kusanagi
  • Yukijiro Hotaru   as   Tsutomu Osako, security guard at brewery
  • Zen Kajihara   as   Mano, security guard at brewery
  • Tomorowo Taguchi   as   Ishida, Sapporo city subway driver
  • Yuka Sakano   as   Yukino, Asagi's friend
  • Takeshi Yoro   as   Professor of Veterinary Medicine, Hokkaido University
  • Hatsunori Hasegawa   as   Colonel Satake
  • LaSalle Ishi   as   NTT Nazaki Transmitting Station worker
  • Bengal   as   Honami's father
  • Kazue Tsunogae   as   Honami's mother
  • Yusuke Kawazu   as   Akio Nojiri, Sapporo Science Center director
  • Hiroyuki Okita   as   Sasai, 11th Division Chemical Protection Platoon Commander
  • Akiji Kobayashi   as   Senior sergeant of the weapon platoon
  • Hiroyuki Watanabe   as   Colonel Ono, Defense Base and Combat Command Center 3rd Division Operations Manager
  • Kazunaga Tsuji   as   General Bando, Combat Command Center Division Leader
  • Hiroshi Okochi   as   Sapporo Odori Command Center Regiment Leader
  • Shunsuke Takasugi   as   Self-propelled howitzer operator
  • Yasuyoshi Tokuma   as   Chief Cabinet Secretary
  • Yoshiaki Umegaki   as   Sapporo Riot Police platoon leader
  • Hiromasa Taguchi   as   Public bath patron
  • Kazunori Nobutori   as   Leader of the monitoring base in Sendai
  • Masato Nagamori   as   Sapporo Subway Regulatory Department chief
  • Yukitomo Tochino   as   Man clinging to telephone pole
  • Touta Tawaragi   as   Captain of the escort ship Umigiri
  • Tasuku Unou   as   Transport helicopter pilot
  • Yukio Shirabe, Kohei Kowada   as   Correspondents at Defense Base and Combat Command Center
  • Miyuki Komatsu   as   Sapporo site reporter
  • Negishi Daisuke   as   Sapporo news helicopter cameraman
  • Yuko Miwa   as   Tatebayashi news helicopter reporter
  • Hana Kawadzu   as   Mother in Sendai
  • Aki Maeda   as   Girl in Sendai
  • Ayako Sekiya   as   Special newscaster
  • Masako Yabumoto   as   Newscaster
  • Akira Ohashi   as   Gamera
  • Mizuho Yoshida and Toshinori Sasaki   as   Mother Legion
  • Tomohiko Akayama, Yuji Kobayashi, Yoshiyuki Watanabe, 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
  • Christopher Patton   as   Obitsu
  • Illich Guardiola   as   Hanatani
  • Luci Christian   as   Asagi Kusanagi
  • Don Armstrong   as   Radio News Reporter
  • John Kaiser   as   Professor
  • Lisa Singerman   as   Sapporo reporter
  • Charles Kennedy   as   Sendai reporter
  • Jason Douglas   as   TV News reporter
  • Hilary Haag   as   Chopper news reporter
  • Heather Le Master   as   American news anchor
  • Tejas Englesmith   as   American news anchor
  • Don Armstrong   as   Tokyo news anchor
  • Lisa Singerman   as   Tokyo anchor
  • Heather Le Master   as   Tokyo anchor 2
  • Jason Douglas   as   Office Mumble
  • Ryan Walsh   as   Commander
  • Rob Mungle   as   Colonel Satake
  • Marty Fleck   as   Prime Minister
  • John Swasey   as   Captain
  • Adam Conlon   as   Security guard 1
  • Paul Sidello   as   Osako
  • Mary Fleck   as   Search pilot
  • Michael Yantosca   as   Radio seaman
  • Matt Greenfield   as   Officer Mustache
  • Adam Conlon   as   Radio guy
  • Ryan Walsh   as   Radio guy 2
  • Steve Hasenmyer   as   Escape chopper pilot
  • Chris Hawley   as   Escape chopper radio
  • John Swasey   as   Power plant worker
  • Gabi Chennisi   as   Little girl / little boy
  • Gerald Brewer   as   Little boy's dad
  • John Kaiser   as   Old loader
  • Ed Paez   as   Loud speaker guy
  • Ruby Halipoto   as   Mommy Honami
  • Kyle Jones   as   Conductor
  • Dorothea Exis   as   Little girl's mom
  • Fumiko Chino   as   Counter agent
  • Shelly Thomas   as   Ski bunny
  • Marty Fleck   as   Doctor
  • Ryan Walsh, Charles Kennedy, Jason Douglas, Ed Paez, Rob Mungle, Michael Yantosca, Joey Goubeaud, Neil O'Sullivan, Gerald Brewer, Patrick Givens, Charlie Purdy, Chris Hawley, Chris Nelson, Christopher J. Anderson, Matt Wittmeyer, Chad Townsend, Big Bates, Don Rush, Kyle Jones, Richard Hasenmyer   as   Soldiers

Appearances

Monsters

Weapons, Vehicles, and Races

Gallery

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

Soundtrack

Main article: Gamera 2: Attack of the 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 (English Japanese 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)

Theatrical Releases

Box Office

Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion was projected to gross at least one billion yen after opening at the box office, but ticket sales stalled and the film ended up only grossing 700 million yen during its 1996 Japanese theatrical run.[2][1] The film recorded an attendance of 1.2 million.

Reception

Gamera 2: Attack of the 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.[3] It also has a score of 7.3 out of 10 on IMDb.[4]

Awards

Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion was the first film to ever win the Nihon SF Taisho Award. The Gamera series repeated at the annual Seiun Awards, with this film winning "Best Dramatic Presentation" after Gamera: Guardian of the Universe had won it the previous year.

Award Category Recipient(s) Result
17th Nihon SF Taisho Award Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion Won
28th Seiun Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion Won

Video Releases

Amuse Laserdisc (1997)

  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese
  • Notes: Both a special edition and normal version were available. Also released along with Gamera: Guardian of the Universe as part of the "Gamera Ultimate Box."

Daiei DVD (2001)

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.

Kadokawa Blu-ray / DVD (2009 / 2010)

  • Region: A/1 (Blu-ray) or 2 (DVD)
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese
  • Notes: Also included in the "Heisei Gamera Blu-ray Box" with Gamera: Guardian of the Universe, Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris, and Gamera the Brave. A digitally remastered DVD using the same master as the Blu-ray was released in 2010.

Mill Creek Blu-ray (2011)

  • Region: N/A
  • Discs: 2
  • Audio: Japanese (DTS-HD HR 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1, ADV dub)
  • Special Features: Uncut Version of The Salvo Scene, Behind the Scenes of the Kasuminome Airfield Scene, Miki Mizuno's First Experience, The Subway Jerks to a Halt, The Police Block Off Odori Station, Identifying the Crater, Impressive Scream, Jumping Off a Jeep, On-set in a Subway Tunnel, Shooting Groups of Legions, Safety First, How to Wear a Small Legion Suit, For Yukino's Fans, Creating the Costume for Legion, Legion with Damage, Civilian Houses Blasted, Explosion Shots in Kasuminome, Special Effect explosions, Gamera Puppet Special effects, Gamera can fly (all only included in the "Gamera Trilogy" set)
  • Notes: Packaged with Gamera: Guardian of the Universe. The two films can also be found with Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris in the "Gamera Trilogy" set, which includes bonus materials for all three films.

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

  • Region: 1
  • Discs: 4
  • Audio: Japanese (Stereo)
  • Special Features: None
  • Notes: Packaged with Gamera: The Giant Monster, Gamera vs. Barugon, Gamera vs. Gyaos, Gamera vs. Viras, Gamera vs. Guiron, Gamera vs. Jiger, Gamera vs. Zigra, Gamera: Super Monster, Gamera: Guardian of the Universe, and Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris.

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.

Videos

Japanese trailers and TV spots
Clip from ADV Films' "Lake Texarkana Gamera" dub


Trivia

  • The film's title sequence shows a burning cross which transitions into the me (メ) character of "Gamera" (ガメラ). This complements the film's other biblical allusion, a passage from Mark 5:9 which is quoted as the basis for the Legion's name.
  • The scene where it is determined that the sediment left behind by the Legion is silicon powder is similar to a scene from an episode of Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero, which also shared this film's writer Kazunori Ito.
  • The building in Sapporo's Susukino district where the first Legion Flower appears is actually a real department store, currently known as La Fila. At the time the film was made, the store inside the building was Robinson's, though in the film it features a sign that reads "Banderas" (バンデラス,   Banderasu) instead.
  • Akira Ohashi, who plays Gamera in this film, would go on to oppose Gamera as Iris in the final film of the trilogy. As the Gamera suit from this film was refurbished as Trauma Gamera for Gamera 3, Ohashi wore the suit for its brief appearance in Ayana Hirasaka's nightmare.
  • The three Soldier Legion suits used in this film were preserved and made an appearance at New York Comic Con in 2015 to celebrate Gamera's 50th birthday.
  • This film's tagline, "Who will be extinct, Japan or Legion?" (消滅するのは、日本か、レギオンか。,   Shōmetsu suru no wa, Nihon ka, Region ka.), is similar to the tagline for GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters, "Who will be eradicated, man, or Godzilla?" (滅びるのは、人か、ゴジラか。,   Horobiru no wa, hito ka, Gojira ka.).
  • Actress Aki Maeda appears in a minor role in this film as a little girl watching Gamera in the ruins of Sendai. She would go on to play Ayana Hirasaka during flashback scenes in this film's sequel.

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G&G-Fan

5 months 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

32 months ago
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Awesome movie and entertaining fights! Gamera is very powerful here!
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Garfzilla

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