Gamera 4: Truth

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Gamera 4: Truth
The Japanese poster for Gamera 4: Truth
Directed by Shinpei Hayashiya
Produced by Shinpei Hayashiya
Written by Shinpei Hayashiya
Music by Kow Otani, Tadashi Yamanouchi
Distributor Daiei
Running time 45 minutes (estimate)
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Gamera 4: Truth (ガメラ4 真実,   Gamera Fō Shinjitsu) is a fan-made sequel to Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris. It has never been released on home video, and is rarely shown in public since a series of free screenings in Japan in 2003.

Plot

The story picks up where Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris ends, with the JSDF rushing to confront the swarm of Gyaos invading Japan. Squadron after squadron of fighter jets fall before the monsters. A wounded Gamera takes off from the burning ruins of Kyoto to join the midair battle, where he spins off wild mana shots that pick off a few Gyaos. The tide of the battle turns when the survivors are joined by Albino Gyaos, a more powerful, all-white version of the Hyper Gyaos. All take aim and fire their supersonic beams on Gamera, plunging him to a watery grave.

Following the battle, the Japanese government enlists the help of Nagamine and Osako to help the military search for the new monster. After locating it, the JSDF deploys a large force of tanks, rocket launchers, and helicopters, but the Albino Gyaos proves too strong for them. Later, the Albino Gyaos attacks the hotel Osako is staying at, and he is presumed dead in the rubble. Finally, the military pits a heat ray tank, the SGPM-2, against Gyaos, but it too fails miserably.

One of the ancient Gamera skeletons is given mana power from the earth and regenerates into a new Gamera. Landing in Yokohama Bay, Gamera lays waste to everything in sight. Albino Gyaos arrives to attack Gamera, and the two engage in a climactic clash, with the former deploying an energy shield and the latter unleashing a pair of plasma sabres. The new Gamera eventually prevails over his arch nemesis, yet does not return to the sea. Instead, he continues on a rampage, stomping and burning everything from Yokohama to Shinjuku. The JSDF launches a last-ditch offensive in Shinjuku using more SGPM-2s, but Gamera easily thwarts the attack. Suddenly, a huge explosion erupts from Gamera, and central Tokyo is reduced to smoldering ruins.

Afterwards, Osako turns up alive in Okinawa - as far away from Tokyo as possible - wondering how he always manages to survive such calamities. As he hobbles away, a news broadcast is overheard which mentions that the new Gamera opened a crater one kilometer wide and four hundred meters deep in the center of Tokyo. The Japanese and U.S. military found many unclassified prehistoric eggs deep within the crater.

Staff

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

  • Directed by   Shinpei Hayashiya
  • Produced by   Shinpei Hayashiya
  • Music by   Kow Otani, Tadashi Yamanouchi (stock)

Cast

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

  • Yukijiro Hotaru   as   Osako
  • Unidentified actress   as   Mayumi Nagamine
  • Shinpei Hayashiya   as   Mr. Saito

U.S. Release

The only known screening of Gamera 4: Truth in the United States was a 2014 invite-only event held on the final day of G-Fest XXI in Rosemont, Illinois. Director Shinpei Hayashiya, a guest at the convention, introduced the film.

Gallery

Main article: Gamera 4: Truth/Gallery.

Trivia

  • At least one showing of the film in Japan was preceded by three animated shorts called "Gametaro," parodying both Gamera and the Hamtaro franchise.[1]
  • The upcoming documentary Kaiju Gaiden will include interview segments with Shinpei Hayashiya and footage from Gamera 4: Truth.
  • Most of the music from the film is taken from Kow Otani's Gamera scores, with a track from Tadashi Yamanouchi's work on Gamera playing during the giant turtle's Tokyo rampage.

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References

This is a list of references for Gamera 4: Truth. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

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SkullIslandExplorer

6 months ago
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Am I the only one who thinks this film feels like an urban legend (despite proof of it existing)?
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Mikezilla23

13 months ago
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Does anyone have a copy of this?
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Astounding Beyond Belief

13 months ago
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Not unless one of our users is Shinpei Hayashiya waiting to reveal himself.
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Son of Gorgo

26 months ago
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Is that kanji for Gamera's name?
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Les

26 months ago
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Yes, (駕瞑羅). It's similar to how Godzilla's name and the Guardian Monsters' names are spelled in kanji for sound only.
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Son of Gorgo

19 months ago
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Cheers Les
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SkullIsland

26 months ago
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I'd love to watch this
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