Gamera 4: Truth

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Gamera 4: Truth
The Japanese poster for Gamera 4: Truth
Directed by Shinpei Hayashiya
Producer(s) Shinpei Hayashiya
Written by Shinpei Hayashiya
Music by Kow Otani, Tadashi Yamanouchi
Distributor Daiei
Budget $2,500[1]
Running time 45 minutes (estimated)
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Gamera 4: Truth (ガメラ4 真実,   Gamera Fō Shinjitsu)[a] 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[edit | edit source]

The story picks up where Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris left off, with the JSDF rushing to confront the swarm of Hyper 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 Hyper Gyaos. The tide of the battle turns when the survivors are joined by the Albino Gyaos, a more powerful, all-white version of the Hyper Gyaos. The entire flock takes aim and fires their supersonic beams on Gamera, causing him to plunge downward 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 to be 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 the Albino Gyaos but it, too, fails miserably.

One of the ancient Gamera skeletons is given mana power from Earth and regenerates into a new Gamera. Landing in Yokohama Bay, the new Gamera destroys everything in sight. The Albino Gyaos arrives to attack the new Gamera, and the two engage in a climactic battle, with the former deploying an energy shield and the latter unleashing a pair of plasma sabers. The new Gamera eventually prevails over his arch-nemesis, yet does not return to the sea. Instead, he continues his rampage, destroying and burning everything from Yokohama to Shinjuku. The JSDF launches a last-ditch offensive in Shinjuku using more SGPM-2s, but the new Gamera easily thwarts the attack. Suddenly, a huge explosion erupts from the new 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 400 meters deep in the center of Tokyo. The Japanese and U.S. military have found many unclassified prehistoric eggs deep within the crater.

Staff[edit | edit source]

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

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

Cast[edit | edit source]

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

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Monsters[edit | edit source]

U.S. release[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Main article: Gamera 4: Truth/Gallery.

Video[edit | edit source]

Excerpts of Gamera 4: Truth
shown on Japanese television

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Despite not sharing continuity with the Heisei trilogy, Gamera the Brave may also be referred to as "Gamera 4," such as on the Japanese Heisei Blu-ray BOX which abbreviates it "G IV."
  • At least one showing of the film in Japan was preceded by three animated shorts called "Gametaro," parodying both Gamera and the Hamtaro franchise.[3]
  • The Gamera suit created for this film was reused as the turtle monster Onigames for the independent tokusatsu series Seikan Tokusou Assaultman. The newly grafted head for the suit does not disguise Onigames' resemblance to Gamera, however, which is comically commented upon by one of the protagonists during the monster's arrival.[4][5]
  • The upcoming documentary Kaiju Gaiden is said to 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.

External links[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. "Gamera" is written in kanji as 駕瞑羅 on the film's poster, but pronounced the same. Additionally, footage from the movie shown on Japanese television referred to it as Gamera 4: Truth - Complete Edition (ガメラ4・真実・完全版,   Gamera Fō Shinjitsu Kanzenban), with interpuncts rather than a space.

References[edit | edit source]

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