Nezura 1964 (2021)
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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 is a Nezura Ichikyūrokuyon)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. A preview of the film premiered at Ikebukuro HUMAX Cinemas in Tokyo on December 19, 2020, with the full movie released to theaters on January 16, 2021.
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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
- Theme song "Nezura March" performed by Mach Fumiake
- Production design by Hiroto Yokokawa, Takuma Asai, Karin Yamada
Cast[edit | edit source]
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Yukijiro Hotaru as Nagano, Daiei CEO
- Masanori Kikuzawa as Tsukaji, special effects director
- Kazuma Yoneyama as Yukawa, film staff
- Himawari Ono as Sachiko, actress
- Mai Saito as Junko, actress
- Ippei Osako as Shigeo, Nagano's son
- Yoshiro Uchida as Takiyama, monster modeler
- Noboru Sato as Muraoka, film director
- Shiro Sano as Azuma
- Bin Furuya as Father
- Mach Fumiake as Monto, protestor
- Norman England as Schmidt
- Akira Ohashi as Mammoth Nezura (motion capture)
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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. Gamera franchise actors Yukijiro Hotaru, Himawari Ono, and Yoshiro Uchida had already signed on to star. 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. After just three days of crowdfunding, Nezura 1964 successfully achieved its goal of ¥1 million. On January 8, director Hiroto Yokokawa met with prolific Toho special effects director Teruyoshi Nakano, who wished him well with the project. On January 31, a movie flyer for the film was revealed, featuring new promotional poster artwork. 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.
On February 18, actor Noboru Sato was announced to have joined the cast of Nezura 1964. The following day, it was announced that composer Takuya Imahori would score the film. A clay prototype model of the Mammoth Nezura was revealed on March 23, sculpted by Keisuke Yoneyama. Another model sculpted by Takuma Asai for reference in construction of a suit for the monster followed on March 29. Crowdfunding for Nezura 1964 concluded on March 30, raising ¥3.266 million from a total of 482 backers.
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, slated for a 2025 release. In addition to the titular Nezura and Maboroshi no Kaijū Kessen Nezura tai Garashāpu)Garasharp, the film would feature the scrapped Marukobukarappa from Gamera vs. Viras and the Space Icemen from Gamera vs. the Space Icemen.
A 3D model of the Mammoth Nezura created by artist karin was revealed on April 3. 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. Images of Yukijiro Hotaru in costume as the character Nagano were released on April 27, accompanied by a brief interview on the official nezura1964.com website. Interviews with Noboru Sato and Ippei Osako along with images of their characters Muraoka and Shigeo followed on April 29 and May 3, respectively. An interview with director Hiroto Yokokawa was published on SciFi Japan on May 11.
On May 20, a new poster for the film was revealed. Gamera: Super Monster star Mach Fumiake officially joined the cast on June 15. 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, followed by Mai Saito on August 17. Shooting continued through October, with actor and director Norman England joining the cast as a character named Schmidt and the aforementioned Mach Fumiake performing the film's theme song, "Nezura March."
Production[edit | edit source]
The completion of the first draft of the Nezura 1964 script was announced on March 3, 2020. Production began in at least early June, with images of the shooting being released through the @nezura1964 Twitter. Filming concluded on October 4.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Nezura 1964/Gallery.
Video releases[edit | edit source]
- 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 (2022)
- Region: N/A
- Discs: 1
- Audio: Japanese
- Subtitles: English
- Special features: "Giant Horde Beast Nezura" music video (1:40); "Nezura March" music video (3:47); photo gallery; trailers for Howl from Beyond the Fog (0:52), God Raiga vs. King Ohga: War of the Monsters (1:03), Attack of the Giant Teacher (1:33), War of the God Monsters (1:05), ZillaFoot (0:49), and The Great Buddha Arrival (1:00)
- Notes: SRS Cinema also plans to eventually release the film on DVD.
A Japanese DVD of the film was sent to select backers of the Makuake campaign in 2021.
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