Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris

Japan Release: 1999
Running Time:
107 minutes

Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris

Japanese Title

ガメラ 3: 邪神〈イリス〉覚醒
[Gamera 3: Jashin 〈Irisu〉 Kakusei]

Distributor: Production:


Worldwide, Gyaos are appearing, causing panic. Meanwhile, a girl called Ayana struggles with day to day life. She is tormented by the memory of Gamera inadvertently killing her parents while fighting a Gyaos. Bullied by her peers, she ends up entering a cursed temple. From inside, a mysterious, tentacled beast appears from an egg-like object. Against the wishes of the temple's guardian, who happens to have a crush on her, Ayana raises the monster and calls it Iris. During this, Gamera appears, fighting a trio of Gyaos above Japan. The Guardian of the Universe is now focused on killing the Gyaos. This causes the death of hundreds of innocent people in the crossfire. Japan is now mobilized, seeing Gamera as a prime threat, while Ayana's growing hatred fuels Iris...

Live Action Science Fiction Kaiju

Box Office - Stock Footage - DVDs - CDs - Pictures - Background - Concept Art - Cut Scenes - Reviews


International Title


Initial US Title

Gamera: Revenge of Iris
US Distributor: ADV Films (2003) / Time: 107 Minutes

Alternate Titles

Gamera 3: Evil God Iris' Awakening
[Literal Translation]

Gamera 3: Incomplete Struggle
[English Japanese Title]


Legion (stock footage)

Aliens, SDF & Misc.

Type 82 Command Vehicle
Type 82 Command Vehicle
SH-60J Helicopter
SH-60J Helicopter
UH-1J Helicopter
UH-1J Helicopter
Asagiri Class Frigate
Asagiri Class Frigate
Kongo Class Guided Missile Destroyer
Kongo Class Guided Missile Destroyer
Kongo Class Guided Missile Destroyer
Patriot Surface-to-Air Missile Batteries



Directed by Shusuke Kaneko
Writing credits Kazunori Ito, Shusuke Kaneko
Produced by Miyuki Nanri, Naoki Sato, Yasuyoshi Tokuma, Tsutomu Tsuchikawa
Music by Kow Otani
Cinematography by Junichi Tozawa
Film Editing by Isao Tomita
Director of Special Effects Shinji Higuchi
Assistant Director of Special Effects Makoto Kamiya
Mayumi Nagamine Shinobu Nakayama
Ayana Hirasaka Ai Maeda / Akia Maeda
Inspector Osako Yukijiro Hotaru
Asagi Kusanagi Ayako Fujitani
Mito Asakura Senri Yamazaki
Shin'ya Kurata Tooru Teduka
Tatsunari Moribe Yuu Koyama
Miyuki Moribe Nozomi Andou
Shigeki Hinohara Kei Horie
Sakurai Norito Yashima
Chikara Oosako Yukijirou Hotaru
Mr. Saito Hirotaro Honda
Regimental Commander Hiroyuki Watanabe
Female Camper Yukie Nakama
Ayana's Father Kunihiko Mitamura


Box Office

Release Date: March 6th, 1999 (Japan)
Budget: $7,000,000
Distribution Earning: ¥600,000,000 / $5,500,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)

Toho Stock Footage

DVDs and Blu-rays

United States Region 1 Gamera: Revenge of Iris ADV Films (2003) Order
United States Region 1 Gamera: Legacy Collection 1965-1999 Mill Creek Entertainment (2014) Order
Japan Region 2 Gamera 3: Evil God Iris' Awakening Daiei Video (2001)
United States Blu-Ray Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris Mill Creek Entertainment (2011) Order
United States Blu-Ray Gamera: The Complete Collection Arrow Video (2020) Order
United States Blu-Ray Gamera: The Heisei Trilogy Arrow Video (2021) Order
United States Blu-Ray Gamera: The Heisei Era Collection Arrow Video (2021) Order

CD Soundtracks

Background and Trivia

  • On ancillary media, such as the soundtrack release by Tokuma, the movie is referred to by a different Japanese English name of GIII: The Guardian of the Universe.
  • A follow up to Gamera 2: Advent of Legion (1996) was not immediately planned, unlike the sequel to the 1995 Gamera movie. This is confirmed as director Shusuke Kaneko was asked about rumors that the third movie would be Gamera against humanity. In response Kaneko stated that a third film wasn't even in a serious phase at the moment. However, given the opportunity, he would like to do a concept similar to this. Noted in G-Fan issue #40.

Concept Art


Forrest Freund Star Rating
October 2, 2002
Nicholas Driscoll Star Rating
July 9, 2012