Rating: 8 stars
Seen 2 times
Seen on: 09/05/2019, 07/11/2013 (rewatch)
This final installment of the recent Gamera trilogy begins with schoolgirl Ayana discovering a large egg in a cave that, according to legend, houses demons. The egg hatches into a small monster, which Ayana decides to raise and quickly develops a psychic bond with. As Ayana’s monster, named Iris, grows to adulthood, the flying turtle Gamera begins to take an interest in this new potential threat. Who will be the victor in the final battle, and how much of Japan will be left standing at the end?
Length 108 minutes
Tatsuya Okada | Kunihiko Mitamura | Hiroyuki Watanabe | Aki Maeda | Hirotaro Honda | Norito Yashima | Kei Horie | Nozomi Ando | Yu Koyama | Tooru Teduka | Senri Yamazaki | Yukie Nakama | Yukijiro Hotaru | Ayako Fujitani | Ai Maeda | Shinobu Nakayama
Hmm, wondering if this could also be horror?
I love how Gamera looks in this film. Makes me want a X-Plus figure of this one.
holy crap Asagi is portrayed by Ayako Fujitani who later goes on to star in MAN FROM RENO. OMG why did I not make this connection sooner. Fuck. Now I wanna see that movie again.
So I have this weird phenomenon regarding the Heisei Gamera trilogy. Firstly I love this trilogy and think it’s better than any three films in the Heisei Godzilla period (or Versus period of that time). Everything is just better; characters, story, visualization, stakes, etc. are better than the Godzilla films of the 90s, which run the gamut from fantasy to silly science fiction (time travel). Don’t get me wrong; I do love those heisei Godzilla movies but they just aren’t as good as the Gamera trilogy. So… the peculiarity I experience is that despite how ever many times I’ve seen these three movies (including on the big screen at G-Fest where they have my complete undivided attention), I can never remember much of anything about the movie.
This incident was most apparent during this viewing (granted the first half of the film I was bumping around my home organizing and packing hence the reason I had the dubbed version going) but b/c this is perhaps the best of the trilogy (the darkest for sure) I sat down the watch the later half. As I was watching I knew very well that I saw this on the big screen at Pickwick Theater a few years ago yet everything in that was happening seemed almost new to my eyes. As tho I hadn’t seen the film.
Had a similar experience with the previous two films the last few days when I put them on… I this isn’t a new revelation; I’ve recognized that for whatever reason I don’t retain what I’ve seen from these films. Wouldn’t bother me so but I’ve seen the first Gamera (Guardian of the Universe) at least a half dozen times by now. Yes, I can recall certain things like Gaos and the baseball stadium but not much else. And I’m not sure why.
Normally this wouldn’t bother me but why is it that I can recall nearly every beat of a film I’ve seen only once 5 years ago yet cannot remember / recall most of these Gamera films? And tbh these are the only films where I feel this occurs. I’ve reached a point where I want to write a review / critique on each one in hopes my mind will retain the story beats.
Huh. Maybe I will.