Nezura 1964 (2020)
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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 an upcoming crowdfunded Nezura Ichikyūrokuyon)tokusatsu kaiju biopic film produced by 3Y Co., Ltd. in cooperation with Kadokawa. Based on Daiei's scrapped 1964 Gamera precursor, Giant Horde Beast Nezura, the film will feature several cast members from the Gamera franchise. It is to be tentatively released in December of 2020.
Nezura 1964 was announced to be in development on December 31, 2019, accompanied by a teaser trailer and crowdfunding campaign through Makuake. The film will chronicle the production of the failed 1964 film, Giant Horde Beast Nezura, and stars Gamera franchise actors Yukijiro Hotaru, Himawari Ono, and Yoshiro Uchida. It will feature fictionalized versions of the staff and cast involved in the original production, including characters based on Daiei directors Yonesaburo Tsukiji and Noriaki Yuasa. The giant "Mammoth Nezura" from the scrapped production is also set to appear, designed by artist Keisuke Yoneyama.
On January 3, after just three days of crowdfunding, Nezura 1964 successfully achieved its goal of 1,000,000 yen. 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 3,266,000 yen of its 1,000,000 yen goal from a total of 482 backers.
On May 31 (April 1 in Japan), 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 in celebration of April Fool's Day, 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. The film is expected to include practical puppets and CG animation. 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. It will stand at 80 meters and weigh 70 metric tons and, as in the original script for Giant Horde Beast Nezura, will cannibalize other Nezura to become giant. It is characterized by the lack of fur on its body as well as its "suspiciously shining eyes." 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 introductory 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."
The completion of the first draft of the Nezura 1964 script was announced on March 3, 2020, with filming set to begin in the near future. Production began in at least early June, with images of the shooting being released through the @nezura1964 Twitter. Filming concluded on October 4, with post-production underway.
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
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Yukijiro Hotaru as Nagano, film company president
- 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
- Mach Fumiake as Monto, protestor
- Norman England as Schmidt
- Akira Ohashi as Mammoth Nezura
- Main article: Nezura 1964/Gallery.
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