Gunhed (1989)

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Credits for Gunhed
Gunhed soundtrack

The Japanese poster for Gunhed
Directed by Masato Harada
Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka, Eiji Yamaura, et al.
Written by Masato Harada, James Bannon
Music by Toshiyuki Honda, Takayuki Baba
Funded by Gunhed Production Committee
Production companies Toho Pictures, Sunrise, Toho Eizo Bijutsu
Distributor Toho,JP ADV FilmsUS
Rating Not Rated
Budget ¥1.5 billion[1]
Running time 100 minutes (theatrical)
(1 hour, 40 minutes)
92 minutes (TV edit)
(1 hour, 32 minutes)
Aspect ratio 1.85:1
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This summer is amazing! (今年の夏はコイツが凄い!)
The battle begins, a struggle for love and courage―the world's first SFX robot action movie is finally born! (戦いが始まる、愛と勇気の戦いが―世界初SFXロボット・アクション映画、ついに誕生!)

— Tagline

A battlefield never before seen (誰も見たことがない戦場)

— Tagline

Gunhed (ガンヘッド,   Ganheddo) is a 1989 tokusatsu mecha film directed and co-written (with James Bannon) by Masato Harada, with special effects by Koichi Kawakita. It was funded by the Gunhed Production Committee (consisting of Toho, Sunrise, Bandai, Kadokawa Shoten Publishing, IMAGICA, and Toho Pictures)[a] and produced by Toho Pictures and Sunrise, with special effects produced by Toho Eizo Bijutsu. The film stars Masahiro Takashima, Brenda Bakke, Aya Enjoji, Kaori Mizushima, Yujin Harada, Yosuke Saito, Jay Kabira, and Mickey Curtis. Toho released it to Japanese theaters on July 22, 1989.


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Main article: Gunhed/Credits.

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

  • Directed by   Masato Harada
  • Written by   Masato Harada, James Bannon
  • Associate writer   Hiroshi Kashiwabara (uncredited)
  • Executive producers   Tomoyuki Tanaka, Eiji Yamaura
  • Produced by   Yoshishige Shimatani, Tetsuhisa Yamada
  • Music by   Toshiyuki Honda
  • Theme song "TIME -Song for GUNHED-"
    • Performed by   Mariko Nagai
    • Lyrics by   Yoshiko Miura
    • Composed by   Takayuki Baba
    • Arranged by   Takayuki Negishi
  • Cinematography by   Junichi Fujisawa
  • Edited by   Yoshitami Kuroiwa
  • Production design by   Fumio Ogawa
  • First assistant director   Hideyuki Inoue
  • Director of special effects   Koichi Kawakita
  • First assistant director of special effects   Kiyotaka Matsumoto


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

  • Masahiro Takashima   as   Brooklyn
  • Brenda Bakke   as   Sergeant Nim
  • Aya Enjoji   as   Bebe
  • Kaori Mizushima   as   Eleven
  • Yujin Harada   as   Seven
  • Jay Kabira   as   Bombbay
  • Yosuke Saito   as   Boxer
  • Doll Nguyen   as   Boomerang
  • James Brewster Thompson   as   Barabbas / Biodroid
  • Mickey Curtis   as   Bancho
  • Randy Reyes   as   Gunhed (voice) / narrator (voice)
  • Michael Yancy   as   narrator (voice)



Weapons, vehicles, and races


Main article: Gunhed/Gallery.


Main article: Gunhed/Soundtrack.

Alternate titles

  • Robot War (Robotok háborúja; Hungary, Robot War; Germany)

Theatrical releases

Video releases

ADV Films DVD (2004)[3]

  • Region: 1
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (2.0), English (2.0)
  • Special features: Japanese trailer
  • Notes: Reissued in 2008. Both releases are out of print.

Toho DVD + CD (2007)[4]

  • Region: 2
  • Discs:: 2
  • Audio: Japanese (2.0)
  • Subtitles: None
  • Special features: Behind-the-scenes featurette (28 minutes), cast profiles, five trailers, image gallery
  • Notes: The CD contains the film's soundtrack.

Toho Blu-ray (2022)[5]

  • Region: A
  • Discs: 2
  • Audio: Japanese (Dolby TrueHD Surround)
  • Subtitles: Japanese
  • Special features: Audio commentary, behind-the-scenes featurette (28 minutes), Gunhed 2025 short film, Japanese trailer, image gallery,
  • Notes: Includes the 100-minute theatrical version and 92-minute TV broadcast version.


Japanese trailer and teasers
ADV video spot for Gunhed
"The Making of Gunhed" featurette



  1. According to Koichi Kawakita, IMAGICA did not contribute to the film financially, and instead aided in the post-production. It is thus unclear which of the companies put up the film's budget, though Kawakita noted that Bandai likely paid the most.[2]


This is a list of references for Gunhed. 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]

  1. Toho Special Effects Movie Complete Works. villagebooks. 28 September 2012. p. 217. ISBN 9784864910132.
  2. Kawakita, Koichi (22 January 2010). The Spirit of Tokusatsu: Toho Special Effects Battle Chronicle. Yosensha. p. 159. ISBN 978-4-86248-515-1.
  3. Gunhed (2008) Section 23
  4. ガンヘッド (2007) 東宝
  5. "ガンヘッド Blu-ray 2枚組". Amazon. 30 March 2022.


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