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Gamera 3
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by Greg Muskewitz

4 stars

Approximately the thirteenth Gamera entry since his first name-bearing vehicle in 1965, this is Shusuke Kaneko’s third in a revamped trilogy (Gamera: The Guardian of the Universe and Gamera 2: Advent of Legion).

Without having seen either of the two predecessors, the action here speaks for itself, and the inclusion of a previous character who shared a psychic connection with Gamera is quickly explained. The premise sets in motion an inevitable battle between the misunderstood heroism of Gamera, and a far more nefarious creature — something of a Power Rangers anomaly — known as Iris. A local teenage girl is responsible for unleashing the wrath of Iris; they, too, share a psychic connection, and she plans on using that special bond to seek revenge for the death of her parents during a previous rampage of Gamera’s. Kaneko is able to simultaneously parody the establishment of Japanese monster movies (one military guru is outraged, “Why is Japan continually being attacked by monsters?”), and fashion an action/sci-fi flick with a dash of genuine excitement and creativity. For what they are (and not counting the occasional CGI versions used), the visual effects look efficient and stretch beyond the necessary or adequate means for a movie of this caliber. Kaneko and co-writer Kazunori Itô also sprinkle in some campy fun with random fairy tale elements (e.g., The Sword in the Stone) and exaggerated social commentary involving typical Asian teenage angst. (Let’s just say some emotions get squashed!)

With Yukijiro Hotaru, Shinobu Nakayama, Ayako Fujitani, Ai Maeda and Aki Maeda.


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9/03/07 Max The best kaiju film to date, and just a great film. 5 stars
4/22/06 Cabiria The vast majority of kaiju films are awful. But not the 90's Gamera trilogy. 5 stars
9/13/05 jeff I liked it. Good fun and lots of nice effects. Good ol' Gamera. 4 stars
8/29/05 Mark Radburn The Greatest Monster Movie Of All-time alongside Godzilla (1954) 5 stars
2/05/04 prince6 This Turtule Rocks! 5 stars
7/14/03 Christian Harding Better than other 2 Heisei Gamera films 4 stars
6/14/03 Christian Harding Best Gamera Movie Ever! Also One Of The Best Monster Movies Too! 5 stars
1/06/03 Astro Monster The "Blade Runner" of Japanese monster movies. 5 stars
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