Gamera: Revenge Of Iris

Gamera: Revenge Of Iris

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Director: Shusuke Kaneko

Cast: Shinobu Nakayama, Ai Maeda, Ayako Fujitani

     
 

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Daei studio's answer to Toho's wildly popular Godzilla, Gamera -- a monstrous fire-breathing turtle -- appeared numerous films from 1966 until 1971. In 1995, he made his triumphant return with Gamera Daikaiju Kuchu Kessen (Gamera: The Guardian of the Universe) which featured slick new special effects, a smart script by Kazunori Ito, and sharp directionSee more details below

Overview

Daei studio's answer to Toho's wildly popular Godzilla, Gamera -- a monstrous fire-breathing turtle -- appeared numerous films from 1966 until 1971. In 1995, he made his triumphant return with Gamera Daikaiju Kuchu Kessen (Gamera: The Guardian of the Universe) which featured slick new special effects, a smart script by Kazunori Ito, and sharp direction by Shusuke Kaneko. Gamera 3 opens with scientist Mayumi Nagamine (Shinobu Nakayama) finding the corpse of a Gyaos in a remote Fillipino village. Cut to teenage girl Ayana (Ai Maeda), who is forced to live with her relatives in a rural village near Nara after Gamera killed her parents. One day, a gang of bullying classmates forces her to venture into a cave that supposedly houses a demon. Instead, she finds a rock that lights up at her touch. Later, a tentacled baby beast emerges from an adjacent egg; Ayana cares for it and names it after her dead pet cat, Iris. This, she surmises, could be her means of vengeance against Gamera. Meanwhile in Tokyo, Mayumi attends a meeting of the Monster Damage Control Committee. There she meets the creepy government astrologer Mito Asakita (Senri Yamasaki) and her simpering colleague, an extraordinarily creepy game designer (Toru Tezuka). Just as the meeting is about to commence, a Gyaos attacks Tokyo with Gamera in hot pursuit. Soon, a train station is blown up, glitzy buildings are trashed, and Gamera is dubbed enemy number one by the government. Back in Nara, Ayana finds the desiccated shells of animal as her pet monster has grown to the size of a house. Yet in order for it to reach its full strength, it fuses with its adoptive mother in a manner that is incredibly slimy. Later, Asagi Kusanagi (played by Steven Seagal's daughter Ayako Fujitani) -- the protagonist in the previous two Gamera films -- returns from studying abroad to help Mayumi and Gamera thwart this new villain, Iris. This film was screened at the 1999 Toronto Film Festival.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jonathan Crow
Gamera 3: Jashain Kakusei is fun. Sure, the science espoused in the film -- something about pollution and bad vibes -- doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but if you are looking for real scientific insights, go watch Nova. Compared to previous kaiju eiga (Japanese monster movies), this film is a marked step forward in terms of special effects. Though there are still a number of shots that recall that man-in-a-rubber-suit look that defines much of the genre, overall the special effects equal if not surpass Hollywood products. The scene where Gamera trashes the ultra-trendy Tokyo neighborhood Shibuya is almost worth the price of admission itself. The detail in which Gamera 3's set designers re-create that district in miniature is astonishing. Compared to Roland Emmerich's hackneyed Godzilla, Gamera 3 not only looks more plausible, but also has a soul. Unlike the rather anonymous lizard in Emmerich's work, Gamera has personality and real presence. At one point, the evil Iris has Gamera pinned against the wreckage of Kyoto's train station. It looks like the end of the gargantuan protagonist and one can actually see its face register surprise, panic, and finally resolve. Though the film loses steam in its third act, Gamera 3 is a wild ride and a worthy successor to the long Gamera lineage.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2011
UPC:
0683904630544
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Mill Creek Ent
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
36,617

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shinobu Nakayama Mayumi Nagamine
Ai Maeda Ayana Hirasaka
Ayako Fujitani Asagi Kusanagi
Senri Yamasaki Mito Asakura
Aki Maeda Young Ayana

Technical Credits
Shusuke Kaneko Director,Screenwriter
Yasuo Hashimoto Sound/Sound Designer
Shinji Higuchi Special Effects
Kazuhiko Ishikawa Executive Producer
Kazunori Ito Screenwriter
Hiroyuki Kato Executive Producer
Hajime Matsumoto Special Effects
Toshio Miike Art Director
Miyuki Nanri Producer
Hajime Oikawa Production Designer
Hiroshi Okuda Editor
Seiji Ono Executive Producer
Ku Otani Score Composer
Naoki Sato Producer
Yasuyoshi Tokuma Producer
Junichi Tozawa Cinematographer
Tsutomu Tsuchikawa Producer
Naomasa Tsuruta Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Deleted scenes; Camera test; Special effects; On location; Creating the mosnters; The awakening of Iris Remix; Theatrical trailers

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