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Gamera: The Guardian of the Universe

Released Apr 16, 1997 1h 32m Sci-Fi List
Reviews 78% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings The giant turtle is awakened from his long slumber to protect Japan from a rival monster's destructive power. Read More Read Less Watch on Prime Video Stream Now

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Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times Precisely the kind of movie that I enjoy, despite all rational reasoning. Rated: 3/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle Rated: 2.5/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Tim Brayton Antagony & Ecstasy Equal[s] the best of the 1990s Godzilla films while breaking further from genre convention. Rated: 8/10 Sep 29, 2014 Full Review Read all reviews

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Adam S Gamera: Guardian of the Universe is an innovative reboot that, while not perfect, takes the Kaiju genre to new heights with it's fantastic special effects and impressive action-sequences. Rating: 77% Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/01/24 Full Review Audience Member Wow, I can't believe I'm saying this, but this movie is better than the Heisei Godzilla movies (Well It might not be better than Godzilla vs. destoroyah). some of the effects looks awful, but most of it looks good. can't wait to see the sequels. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member A wonderful combination of effects, story and characters to create a perfectly told monster movie! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie unexpectedly set a new bar for Gamera movies. Guardian of the Universe is the first movie in the franchise that can actually compete with the better Godzilla movies. It's the first movie that's actually a good MOVIE. Considering director Shusuke Kaneko went on to make GMK, that's no surprise. This movie has the best...well, everything of the franchise up to this point. Best of all, there's NO ANNOYING KID WHO HAS THEIR ACTIONS JUSTIFIED BY PLOT CONVENIENCE. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member A great ending for a great trilogy, for those who think the kaiju genre can get serious, this is the winning argument for it. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member I think it is one of the best Gamera movies. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis The giant turtle is awakened from his long slumber to protect Japan from a rival monster's destructive power.
Director
Shusuke Kaneko, Matt Greenfield
Producer
Matt Greenfield, Shigeru Ohno, Tsutomu Tsuchikawa, Seiji Urushido
Screenwriter
Matt Greenfield, Kazunori Itô, James Shanks
Distributor
ADV Films
Production Co
Hakuhodo Incorporated, NTV Network, Daiei Studios
Genre
Sci-Fi
Original Language
Japanese
Release Date (Theaters)
Apr 16, 1997, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Jul 29, 2020
Runtime
1h 32m
Sound Mix
Dolby, Surround
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