Nezura 1964 (2021)

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Nezura 1964
English poster for Nezura 1964
Directed by Hiroto Yokokawa
Producer Hiroto Yokokawa, Kazuma Yoneyama, Takuma Asai, Avery Guerra
Written by Hiroto Yokokawa, Kensaku Sakai
Music by Takuya Imahori[1]
Distributor 3Y Co., Ltd.JP
Rating G[2]
Budget ¥3.5 million[3]
Running time 54 minutes
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Persistence. Determination. Tenacity. This film. (ねばり こだわり がんばり これぞ映画)
„ 

— Tagline, Teruyoshi Nakano

Nezura 1964 (ネズラ1964,   Nezura Ichikyūrokuyon) is a 2021 crowdfunded tokusatsu kaiju biopic film produced by 3Y Co., Ltd. in cooperation with Kadokawa. Based on the troubled production of Daiei's unfinished Gamera precursor Giant Horde Beast Nezura, the film features several cast members from the Gamera franchise.[4] A preview of the film premiered at Ikebukuro HUMAX Cinemas in Tokyo on December 19, 2020,[5] with the full movie released to theaters on January 16, 2021.

Plot[edit | edit source]

November 4, 1963. By order of the Bureau of Social Welfare and Public Health, special effects director Yonejiro Tsukaji carries two boxes of condemned rats into a field. At the suggestion of Daiei CEO Yuichi Nagano, he douses them in gasoline to shorten their suffering before lighting the boxes on fire. Yuichi is overcome by a vision of an enormous rat-like monster appearing from behind the flames.

July 25, 1963. Assistant director Kazuaki Yukawa introduces a documentary he will be shooting about an upcoming Daiei film. At the first meeting, Yuichi's son Shigeo, who is also a producer at the company, stresses the need to come up with a fresh idea to complement their existing franchises. Special effects director Yonejiro Tsukaji suggests a lavish monster movie. Yuichi is impressed and approves it, although director Mitsuo Muraoka points out that one of their competitors just released its own monster movie.

Tasked with deciding what kind of monster should star in the film, Tsukaji and Yukawa visit a zoo in Tokyo. Yukawa suggests elephant and giraffe monsters, prompting Tsukaji to imagine "Zoulla" and "Giraafus", presented as maquettes by sculptor Kosaku Takizawa. Neither appeals to him. After Yuichi watches The Birds, he decides that the monsters should be based on more mundane animals. He and Tsukaji settle on rats and announce their decision at an August 5 meeting. The title will be Giant Horde Beast Nezura. Nezura will portrayed by real rats scurrying around miniatures sets. Muraoka is skeptical that the rats will cooperate, so Tsukaji agrees to shoot some test footage.

Filming begins on September 10, with rats swarming a miniature house, tank, and train. The single rat placed on an overpass, however, lacks any menace, and Tsukaji decides that wild rats should play Nezura instead. He goes out and captures some himself, and they prove as lively as he hoped. Yuichi is delighted with the footage and allows the project to proceed. The Naganos name Muraoka as the director, with Tsukaji naturally becoming the special effects director. Tsukaji meets with sculptor Takiyama to commission a full-sized Nezura prop, and finds him working on a sea turtle for an aquarium. Yuichi records a somewhat fumbling announcement of the film, which is scheduled for a January release.

To keep up with Muraoka's insistence on sets covered in rats, Daiei offers the public ¥50 for every rat they bring in. Cages of the animals soon fill a small warehouse. Takiyama completes the prop, and Daiei staff create a Mammoth Nezura puppet as well. The actors, including Utsumi, Michiko Ogata, Junko Kamei, and Schmidt, assemble for a table read. Screenwriter Hasebe's story has the United States and the Soviet Union announce a joint lunar expedition. Mikami Space Laboratory's experiments on rats, intended to create a new type of space food for the astronauts, instead produce ravenous monsters. Nezura escape the lab and rampage through Tokyo. A Mammoth Nezura emerges and battles the smaller rats, with the JSDF ultimately killing them all.

By October 15, the mood on the set has become grim. With the rats increasingly disease-ridden, many crew members wear masks to work, and Tsukaji's wife Masae observes that he has started muttering "rat, rat" in his sleep. He watches a televised conversation between a famed special effects director and his son Azuma, who agree that the public's attention has shifted from film to television, and his mood sours further. Citizens living near the studio interrupt the shoot on October 25 in protest, concerned about the rats spreading disease. On November 3, Daiei receives a stern letter from the Bureau of Social Welfare and Public Health recommending the termination of the film and the rats. A morose Yuichi complies. After Tsukaji immolates the rats the following day, he stands silently amidst one of the sets, then crushes one of the buildings in a fit of rage. Yukawa reflects that even though Giant Horde Beast Nezura was a failure, it taught him a lot about filmmaking. Shortly thereafter, Azuma and his father announce a new monster-filled television show, Miracle Q.

Yukawa visits Yuichi, who has been in poor health, at his home on January 3. The CEO happens upon a small spinning firework and Yuasa offers to light it. The firework's motion gives Yuichi an idea for a new monster spinning through the sky, and they rush off to Daiei to get to work.

Staff[edit | edit source]

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

  • Directed by   Hiroto Yokokawa
  • Written by   Hiroto Yokokawa, Kensaku Sakai
  • Produced by   Hiroto Yokokawa, Kazuma Yoneyama, Takuma Asai
  • Consulting producer   Avery Guerra
  • Music by   Takuya Imahori[1]
  • Theme song "Nezura March" performed by   Mach Fumiake[6]
  • Production design by   Hiroto Yokokawa, Takuma Asai, Karin Yamada

Cast[edit | edit source]

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

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Monsters[edit | edit source]

Weapons and vehicles[edit | edit source]

Development[edit | edit source]

3Y announced that Nezura 1964 was in development on December 31, 2019, accompanied by a teaser trailer and crowdfunding campaign through Makuake.[7] Gamera franchise actors Yukijiro Hotaru, Himawari Ono, and Yoshiro Uchida had already signed on to star.[4][7] The announcement added that the film would feature fictionalized versions of the staff and cast involved in the original production, including characters based on Daiei directors Yonesaburo Tsukiji and Noriaki Yuasa, and the giant "Mammoth Nezura" from the scrapped production, designed by artist Keisuke Yoneyama.[4][16] After just three days of crowdfunding, Nezura 1964 successfully achieved its goal of ¥1 million.[17] On January 8, director Hiroto Yokokawa met with prolific Toho special effects director Teruyoshi Nakano, who wished him well with the project.[18] On January 31, a movie flyer for the film was revealed, featuring new promotional poster artwork.[19] On February 16, in celebration of the film's Makuake campaign exceeding 200% of its goal, the @nezura1964 Twitter account announced a giveaway for Nezura 1964 mini posters autographed by Hotaru.[20]

On February 18, actor Noboru Sato was announced to have joined the cast of Nezura 1964.[11] The following day, it was announced that composer Takuya Imahori would score the film.[1] A clay prototype model of the Mammoth Nezura was revealed on March 23, sculpted by Keisuke Yoneyama.[21] Another model sculpted by Takuma Asai for reference in construction of a suit for the monster followed on March 29.[22] Crowdfunding for Nezura 1964 concluded on March 30, raising ¥3.266 million from a total of 482 backers.[23]

On April Fool's Day, the @nezura1964 Twitter announced a fake project entitled Monster Dream Battle: Nezura vs. Garasharp (幻の怪獣決戦 ネズラ対ガラシャープ,   Maboroshi no Kaijū Kessen Nezura tai Garashāpu), slated for a 2025 release. In addition to the titular Nezura and Garasharp, the film would feature the scrapped Marukobukarappa from Gamera vs. Viras and the Space Icemen from Gamera vs. the Space Icemen.[24]

A 3D model of the Mammoth Nezura created by artist karin was revealed on April 3.[25] On April 16, images of Keisuke Yoneyama's completed Mammoth Nezura model were posted to Twitter, along with details about the monster's role in the film.[26] Images of Yukijiro Hotaru in costume as the character Nagano were released on April 27,[27] accompanied by a brief interview on the official nezura1964.com website.[28] Interviews with Noboru Sato[29] and Ippei Osako[30] along with images of their characters Muraoka and Shigeo followed on April 29[31] and May 3, respectively.[32] An interview with director Hiroto Yokokawa was published on SciFi Japan on May 11.[33]

On May 20, a new poster for the film was revealed.[34] Gamera Super Monster star Mach Fumiake officially joined the cast on June 15.[13] 3Y released the film's first trailer on June 30, followed by an English-subtitled version on July 20. The latter included the opening paragraph of this page in the video description. Suit actor Akira Ohashi, best known for his roles as Gamera and Iris in the Heisei Gamera trilogy as well as King Ghidorah in GMK, joined the cast as a motion capture actor for Mammoth Nezura on July 19,[15] followed by Mai Saito on August 17.[10] Shooting continued through October, with actor and director Norman England joining the cast as a character named Schmidt[14] and the aforementioned Mach Fumiake performing the film's theme song, "Nezura March."[6]

Production[edit | edit source]

The completion of the first draft of the Nezura 1964 script was announced on March 3, 2020.[35][36] Production began in at least early June, with images of the shooting being released through the @nezura1964 Twitter.[37][38] Filming concluded on October 4.[39]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: Nezura 1964/Gallery.

Video releases[edit | edit source]

SRS Cinema VHS (2022)[40]

  • Tapes: 1
  • Audio: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Special features: "Giant Horde Beast Nezura" music video (1:40), "Nezura March" music video (3:47), trailers
  • Notes: Limited to 25 copies.

SRS Cinema Blu-ray/DVD (2022)[41]

A Japanese DVD of the film was sent to select backers of the Makuake campaign in 2021.[42]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Japanese Nezura 1964 teaser trailer
Japanese Nezura 1964 trailer
Japanese Nezura 1964 trailer (English subtitled)
U.S. Nezura 1964 trailer
Mammoth Nezura 3D model

Trivia[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for Nezura 1964. 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. 1.0 1.1 1.2 @nezura1964 (19 February 2020). 映画『ネズラ1964』に作曲家の今堀拓也さんの参加が決定! スリーシェルズ・コンサートで伊福部昭作品や宮内國郎作品の編曲や、昨年の「小松左京音楽祭」では楽譜復元を担当し話題となりました。バーゼル作曲コンクールで3位受賞。今堀さんには「ネズラマーチ」なるものを作曲していただいてます!. Twitter. Archived from the original on 20 February 2020.
  2. ネズラ1964. Eiga.com.
  3. ABOUT. nezura1964.com. Retrieved on 4 February 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 特撮映画「大群獣ネズラ」の舞台裏描く「ネズラ1964」製作決定、クラファンも実施. Natalie (31 December 2019).
  5. @nezura1964 (17 December 2021). 明日!映画『#ネズラ1964』完成披露試写会!皆さんのご支援のお陰で実現できました! 登壇者:マッハ文朱、菊沢将憲、米山冬馬、斉藤麻衣、佐藤昇、大橋明、古谷敏、横川寛人監督 劇場:池袋HUMAXシネマズ 上映日:12/19(土) ①17:30回②19:00回 ↓一般席予約受付中!https://humax-cinema.co.jp/ikebukuro/news. Twitter. Archived from the original on 14 June 2021.
  6. 6.0 6.1 @nezura1964 (4 October 2020). 10月撮影2日目!最後はマッハ文朱さんの撮影!撮影反対を訴える近隣住民の団長モントウを全力で演じていただきました。撮影後は新曲『ネズラマーチ』の録音!素晴らしい歌声を披露してくださいました!#マッハ文朱 #ネズラ1964. Twitter. Archived from the original on 4 October 2020.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 Yokokawa, Hiroto (31 December 2019). ガメラの原点!製作陣の挫折と奇跡を描く『ネズラ1964』を映画化したい!. Makuake.
  8. @nezura1964 (12 January 2020). 映画『ネズラ1964』クラウドファンディング実施中 @nezura1964 菊沢将憲 福岡県出身。役者・劇作家・演出家として活動。映画『おーい、大石』で、PFFに入選し映画監督としても注目を集める。 本作『ネズラ1964』では、特撮の築地米三郎監督をモデルとした架空の人物・ツカジを演じる。 代表作:『わたしたちの家』『真っ赤な星』 #ネズラ1964 #菊沢将憲. Twitter. Archived from the original on 16 January 2020.
  9. @nezura1964 (12 January 2020). 映画『ネズラ1964』クラウドファンディング実施中 @nezura1964『ネズラ1964』出演者紹介 米山冬馬 静岡県出身。武蔵野美術大学卒業後、アニメーターとしても活動。 本作『ネズラ1964』では、後に「ガメラシリーズ」を指揮する湯浅憲明監督をモデルとした架空の人物・ユカワを演じる。 代表作:『大仏廻国』『Hedorah Silent Spring』 #ネズラ1964 #米山冬馬. Twitter. Archived from the original on 16 January 2020.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Ultra-Actress Joins NEZURA 1964!. SciFi Japan (17 August 2020).
  11. 11.0 11.1 @nezura1964 (18 February 2020). 【映画『ネズラ1964』新キャスト!】映画『タンポポ』『マルサの女2』等の伊丹十三監督作品出演の他、カルトアニメ『チャージマン研!』で魔王やボルガ博士などの声を演じた佐藤昇さんです!近年「チャージマン研!ライブシネマコンサート」にて44年ぶりに声を演じ話題になりました!#佐藤昇. Twitter. Archived from the original on 7 July 2021.
  12. CAST / STAFF. nezura1964.com. Retrieved on 1 March 2020.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Gamera Legend Mach Fumiake Joins Cast of NEZURA 1964!. SciFi Japan (15 June 2020).
  14. 14.0 14.1 @nezura1964 (3 October 2020). 映画『#ネズラ1964』の10月撮影一日目!ネズラに襲われる小野ひまわりさんのイメージ撮影や佐藤昇さん演じるムラオカ組による朗読シーン、またシュミット役で新たにキャスティングされたノーマン・イングランドさんのシーンを撮影しました!出演者の皆様ありがとうございました!. Twitter. Archived from the original on 4 October 2020.
  15. 15.0 15.1 @nezura1964 (19 July 2020). 【速報!】映画『ネズラ1964 』にG2ガメラやイリスのスーツアクターで知られる大橋明さんの参加が決定!大橋さんはマンモスネズラのモーションアクターを担当します。大橋さんの演じる「怪獣の躍動感」にご期待ください!#大橋明 #ネズラ1964. Twitter. Archived from the original on 30 August 2022.
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  17. @nezura1964 (3 January 2020). 映画『ネズラ1964』のクラウドファンディングは開始3日で目標達成いたしました。 支援して頂いた方本当にありがとうございました。 支援募集は3月末まで行われます。 今後、より多くのご支援があれば、追加出演俳優の起用や、特撮技術の向上が可能になります。 引き続き何卒よろしくお願い致します。. Twitter. Archived from the original on 4 January 2020.
  18. Yokokawa, Hiroto (8 January 2020). 中野昭慶監督から応援コメントをいただきました!. Makuake.
  19. Yokokawa, Hiroto (31 January 2020). 映画『ネズラ1964』の宣伝用ポスタービジュアル!. Makuake.
  20. @nezura1964 (16 February 2020). 【映画『ネズラ1964』クラファン200%突破記念】 クラウドファンディングのご支援が目標の200%を突破した感謝を込めて、出演の螢雪次朗さん直筆サインミニポスターを3名様にプレゼント!●応募方法① @nezura1964をフォロー②この投稿を【3/1(日)】までにリツイート③後日当選者の方にDMにて連絡. Twitter. Archived from the original on 17 February 2020.
  21. @nezura1964 (23 March 2020). 映画『ネズラ1964』に登場するマンモスネズラ!造形師・米山啓介による制作段階の雛形公開です。締切間近のクラウドファンディングにてマンモスネズラの3Dデータ出力フィギュアのリターンも再入荷しました!ぜひご支援を!※再生産のため金額設定が変更されております。https://makuake.com/project/nezura.... Twitter. Archived from the original on 27 July 2021.
  22. @nezura1964 (29 March 2020). 映画『ネズラ1964』のマンモスネズラのスーツ用検討雛形を公開!造形は浅井拓馬。前述の雛形より怪獣感が強く、大映怪獣にリスペクトを込めた雰囲気に仕上がっています。これら雛形を参考により良いものを作っていきます!#ネズラ1964. Twitter. Archived from the original on 29 March 2020.
  23. Yokokawa, Hiroto. ガメラの原点!製作陣の挫折と奇跡を描く『ネズラ1964』を映画化したい!. Makuake. Archived from the original on 30 March 2020. Retrieved on 30 March 2020.
  24. @nezura1964 (31 May 2020). 【🐀新作映画製作決定のお知らせ🐍】映画『幻の怪獣決戦 ネズラ対ガラシャープ』が2025年公開を目標に製作されます。登場怪獣はネズラやガラシャープ他、マルコブカラッパや宇宙氷人も参戦予定。ご期待ください。#ネズラ #ガラシャープ #エイプリルフール. Twitter. Archived from the original on 4 December 2021.
  25. @nezura1964 (3 April 2020). 映画『ネズラ1964』に登場するマンモスネズラの3Dデータを公開!本編ではCGとギニョールを組み合わせた特撮を予定しております。是非ご期待ください!【3Dモデリング:karin】#ネズラ1964. Twitter. Archived from the original on 5 April 2020.
  26. @nezura1964 (16 April 2020). マンモスネズラ[Mammoth Nezura] 体長80メートル、体重70トン ネズラが共食いし、巨大化した姿。体毛は無く、怪しげに光る目が特徴。(雛形造形:米山啓介)#マンモスネズラ #ネズラ1964. Twitter. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020.
  27. @nezura1964 (27 April 2020). 映画『 #ネズラ1964 』初公開の #螢雪次朗 さん演じるナガノのビジュアルイメージ!大映・永田雅一社長をモデルとした豪快な役柄です。ホームページには永田社長への特別な思いを語るインタビューも掲載されています。是非ご覧ください!https://nezura1964.com/news-1. Twitter. Archived from the original on 6 May 2020.
  28. 螢雪次朗インタビュー. nezura1964.com (27 April 2020).
  29. 佐藤昇インタビュー. nezura1964.com (29 April 2020).
  30. 大迫一平インタビュー. nezura1964.com (3 May 2020).
  31. You must specify archiveurl = and archivedate = when using {{cite web}}.@nezura1964 (29 April 2020). 映画『 #ネズラ1964 』初公開の #佐藤昇 さん演じるムラオカのビジュアルイメージ!大映特撮映画『透明人間と蝿男』や『大群獣ネズラ』の本編監督である村山三男監督をモデルとした役柄です。ホームページには先日の螢雪次朗さんに続きインタビューも掲載されています!https://nezura1964.com/news-2.
  32. 映画『 #ネズラ1964 』で #大迫一平 さん演じるシゲオのビジュアルイメージです。モデルである永田秀雅プロデューサーは、大映・永田雅一社長(演:螢雪次朗)のご子息であり、あの「ガメラ・マーチ」を作詞したことでも有名!大迫さんのインタビューはHPで公開中です!https://nezura1964.com/news-3. @nezura1964 (3 May 2020). Archived from the original on 8 May 2020.
  33. Chaffins, Benjamin (11 May 2020). NEZURA 1964 Interview with Director Hiroto Yokakawa. SciFi Japan.
  34. @nezura1964 (20 May 2020). NEZURA 1964 is scheduled for a December 2020 complete in Japan! Cast: Yukijirō Hotaru / Masanori Kikuzawa / Kazuma Yoneyama / Himawari Ono / Ippei Osako / Yoshirō Uchida / Noboru Sato Directed by Hiroto Yokokawa Production: 3Y Film Planned & Collaborated with KADOKAWA #nezura1964. Twitter. Archived from the original on 20 May 2020.
  35. @nezura1964 (3 March 2020). 映画『ネズラ1964』予定稿が完成!慌しい昨今ですが、なんとかクランクインの日時も決定し、順調にスタートできそうです。引き続き応援を宜しくお願い致します!#ネズラ1964. Twitter. Archived from the original on 3 March 2020.
  36. Kikuzawa, Masanori (6 March 2020). 出演します横川寛人監督の映画『ネズラ1964』のクラウドファンディングが目標の250%を達成いたしました!ありがとうございます!台本の第1稿とチラシが届き、クランクインに向けて動き出しています!3月末まで支援募集は続きますので、引き続きご協力よろしくお願いいたします!#ネズラ1964. Twitter. Archived from the original on 19 November 2022.
  37. @nezura1964 (1 June 2020). 【速報】螢雪次朗さん。今回も怪獣第一発見者!?#ネズラ1964. Twitter.
  38. @nezura1964 (5 June 2020). 映画『ネズラ1964』鋭意撮影中!負けないぞ!#ネズラ1964. Twitter. Archived from the original on 5 June 2020.
  39. @nezura1964 (4 October 2020). 【クランクアップ!】そして本日、予定していた全てのシーンの撮影が終了しました。これも皆様の応援のおかげです!ありがとうございました!これから編集作業に入ります!#ネズラ1964. Twitter. Archived from the original on 4 October 2020.
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  41. Nezura 1964 Blu-ray. SRS Cinema (26 October 2021).
  42. Miller, Stephen (25 January 2021). Lost Projects: Giant Horde Beast Nezura. The Kaijuologist.

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