Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)

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Re: Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)

Postby Kaijugriffey » Sat Sep 05, 2015 4:54 pm

I just rewatched Gamera GOTU this afternoon. And one question kept popping up in my mind...

Who in the Royal Dutch Shell Marketing and Merchandising department thought it would be a good idea to grant a license to use their logos and name... TO A GAMERA MOVIE?!? I can only assume that whatever poor office drone signed off on that deal had never seen or heard of Kaiju? Ranking up there with whoever at IHOP thought doing product placement in "Man of Steel" would be a good thing.

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Re: Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)

Postby Godzillian » Sat Sep 05, 2015 8:36 pm

Kaijugriffey wrote:I just rewatched Gamera GOTU this afternoon. And one question kept popping up in my mind...

Who in the Royal Dutch Shell Marketing and Merchandising department thought it would be a good idea to grant a license to use their logos and name... TO A GAMERA MOVIE?!? I can only assume that whatever poor office drone signed off on that deal had never seen or heard of Kaiju? Ranking up there with whoever at IHOP thought doing product placement in "Man of Steel" would be a good thing.

You know the old saying goes "there's no such thing as bad press"
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Re: Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)

Postby edgaguirus » Sun Sep 06, 2015 9:05 pm

Movies have been doing product placement and free advertising for awhile. I doubt they cared if it was kaiju, comedy, or romance, they got their name out where people could see it.
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Re: Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)

Postby Kaijugriffey » Mon Sep 07, 2015 4:56 pm

Godzillian wrote:
Kaijugriffey wrote:I just rewatched Gamera GOTU this afternoon. And one question kept popping up in my mind...

Who in the Royal Dutch Shell Marketing and Merchandising department thought it would be a good idea to grant a license to use their logos and name... TO A GAMERA MOVIE?!? I can only assume that whatever poor office drone signed off on that deal had never seen or heard of Kaiju? Ranking up there with whoever at IHOP thought doing product placement in "Man of Steel" would be a good thing.

You know the old saying goes "there's no such thing as bad press"


I don't know. An oil and gas company trying to project confidence in its ability to be safe and environmentally friendly, doing product or name placement in a Gamera movie seems like the "Jimmy Dean Sausage a Company" doing product placement in a Texas Chainsaw Masacre movie. No matter how you slice it, the message will not be what you intended.

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Re: Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)

Postby Bubbazilla » Thu Sep 10, 2015 9:12 pm

This film surpasses the darkest tone Gamera movie, 'Gamera vs. Barugon'[1966]. It is a giant monster classic, just like 'Rodan', 'Godzilla 1985' and Godzilla 2014, too. See it, it's a bargain time investment. A ten out of ten.

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Re: Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)

Postby Legion1979 » Sat Sep 12, 2015 7:33 am

What's a "bargain time investment"?

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Re: Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)

Postby Castellan Zilla » Sat Sep 12, 2015 5:11 pm

Bubbazilla wrote:This film surpasses the darkest tone Gamera movie, 'Gamera vs. Barugon'[1966]. It is a giant monster classic, just like 'Rodan', 'Godzilla 1985' and Godzilla 2014, too. See it, it's a bargain time investment. A ten out of ten.


Wouldn't exactly refer to Godzilla 2014 as a classic.
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Re: Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)

Postby Dillyziller » Sat Sep 12, 2015 5:23 pm

Castellan Zilla wrote:
Bubbazilla wrote:This film surpasses the darkest tone Gamera movie, 'Gamera vs. Barugon'[1966]. It is a giant monster classic, just like 'Rodan', 'Godzilla 1985' and Godzilla 2014, too. See it, it's a bargain time investment. A ten out of ten.


Wouldn't exactly refer to Godzilla 2014 as a classic.

Its the first Godzilla movie I've seen in a theater so, personally, its a classic.
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Re: Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)

Postby Castellan Zilla » Sat Sep 12, 2015 5:37 pm

Dillyziller wrote:Its the first Godzilla movie I've seen in a theater so, personally, its a classic.


And? Personal outlook matters little in this regard. I wouldn't even consider Godzilla 1984(1985) a classic. Still too young of a movie. Honestly the only Godzilla flick worthy of such a title would be the original and only the Japanese cut.
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Re: Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)

Postby Rody » Sun Sep 25, 2016 6:35 pm

^ I think you could make an argument for King Kong vs Godzilla and Mothra vs Godzilla, at least.
Of course, I'm responding to a year-old post, so I digress. Anyway...

Watching GotU again recently, I was struck by an aspect of Asagi's character I hadn't noticed before. How should I put it: Asagi is like the "otaku hero" you might see in a fantasy anime, but without the "otaku-ness".
Let me explain better: Asagi seems to understand - or at least accept - events involving Gamera and Gyaos better than anyone else, and it seems to be due to her hobbies/interests. She recognizes Atlantis and the runes from fantasy novels, and her room contains various film merchandise and memorabilia - not excessively, but prominently. At the same time, Asagi never gets framed in a blatant hero light, or has any melodramatic moments. Even as her father and everyone else are still wrapping their brains around the concept of monsters and ancient civilizations - and even as she becomes connected to events in the most unexpectedly intimate way - Asagi just takes it all in stride. There's a hint of what might be "geekiness" in her, but it's balanced out with a strong grace.

I admit I'm not really going anywhere with this; it's just something I observed (and liked) upon my latest viewing. If someone else wants to weigh in, please do.

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Re: Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)

Postby Lain Of The Wired » Mon Sep 26, 2016 7:21 pm

Tis a great movie. One of my all time favs. Everything from characters to monster scenes and miniatures. Top notch stuff
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Re: Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)

Postby Tyrant_Lizard_King » Mon Sep 26, 2016 7:57 pm

I like it but don't love it. It's definitely better and more inventive than the Godzilla films of that era. Still it's by far my least favorite of the trilogy. Love some of the cinematography and such but there's certain elements like an air of campiness and the horrible Gyaos puppets that really take me out of the film at points. Still I love the buildup and sense of mystery in the early goings of the film.
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Re: Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)

Postby Ivo-goji » Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:07 pm

For me it's an okay film but it doesn't blow my mind like it's sequels. It just lacks a certain oomph. There are great moments, like when the Gyaos are first discovered and Gamera's iconic finishing move, but overall it doesn't seem like a kaiju movie with a ton of depth. It's stunningly well made though; there's little here that could truly be called a flaw, and that puts it above a lot of other daikaiju films in quality.
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Re: Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)

Postby eabaker » Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:29 am

GotU is like calligraphy, though. One might only be writing a single word, but what's moving - even overwhelming - is the confident mastery with which the strokes are executed.
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Re: Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)

Postby daveblackeye15 » Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:06 am

Hm never really thought of Asagi as being a nerd to be honest. I figured coming in contact with the pendant explained thing for her BUT I think I do prefer the otaku idea since it strengths her a bit.

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Re: Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)

Postby DaruniaDancing » Fri Oct 28, 2016 3:37 pm

This is probably a dumb complaint considering how silly the premise of the movie is ("giant turtle crashing through Tokoyo"), but what's the deal with Gamera having rocket boosters on his legs? I wasn't really a fan. Didn't really seem natural/biological. I would rather have him just be able to fly without the rockets.

P.S. This was my first Gamera film.

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Re: Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)

Postby Mr_Goji_and_Watch » Fri Oct 28, 2016 3:42 pm

DaruniaDancing wrote:This is probably a dumb complaint considering how silly the premise of the movie is ("giant turtle crashing through Tokoyo"), but what's the deal with Gamera having rocket boosters on his legs? I wasn't really a fan. Didn't really seem natural/biological. I would rather have him just be able to fly without the rockets.

P.S. This was my first Gamera film.


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Re: Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)

Postby Ivo-goji » Fri Oct 28, 2016 3:51 pm

DaruniaDancing wrote:This is probably a dumb complaint considering how silly the premise of the movie is ("giant turtle crashing through Tokoyo"), but what's the deal with Gamera having rocket boosters on his legs? I wasn't really a fan. Didn't really seem natural/biological. I would rather have him just be able to fly without the rockets.

P.S. This was my first Gamera film.

It's the plot of this movie that's he's a genetically engineered super weapon created by an ancient civilization. His body was manufactured more along the lines of a machine than an animal.
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Re: Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)

Postby eabaker » Fri Oct 28, 2016 3:52 pm

Mr_Goji_and_Watch wrote:
DaruniaDancing wrote:This is probably a dumb complaint considering how silly the premise of the movie is ("giant turtle crashing through Tokoyo"), but what's the deal with Gamera having rocket boosters on his legs? I wasn't really a fan. Didn't really seem natural/biological. I would rather have him just be able to fly without the rockets.

P.S. This was my first Gamera film.


Because it's cool.


And there's really not much that's natural about Gamera. :)
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Re: Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)

Postby edgaguirus » Fri Oct 28, 2016 9:49 pm

Gamera was designed by Atlantis to kill the Gyaos, and the Gyaos can fly. It only makes sense that Gamera has flight capability.
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