Gamera: Guardian of the Universe

Japan Release: 1995
Running Time:
96 minutes

Gamera: Guardian of the Universe

Japanese Title

ガメラ: 大怪獣空中決戦
[Gamera: Daikaiju Kuchu Kessen]

Distributor: Production:

Daiei / NTV / Hakuhodo

A giant floating atoll is run into by a ship, prompting an investigation. Meanwhile, avian researcher Mayumi Nagamine has been trying to reach a coworker who ventured to a remote island. Upon visiting the island, they discover the village leveled and the inhabitants missing. The source is quickly discovered: three Gyaos, giant bird-like creatures. The government insists they capture the creatures, as they approach the Japan mainland. They enact a plan using the retractable roof of the Fukuoka Dome and tranquilizers. This hits a snag when one of the creatures escapes while the other two are drugged. However, the atoll has awoken. In reality, it's the monster Gamera who advances on the Gyaos. Killing the escaped Gyaos, the other two awake as Gamera approaches. The winged monsters fly off, escaping. As Gamera flies after them, the two species do battle across Japan. The military, however, sees Gamera as the threat, not the Gyaos...

Live Action Science Fiction Kaiju

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International Title


Initial US Title

Gamera: Guardian of the Universe
US Distributor: ADV Films (1997) / Time: 96 Minutes

Alternate Titles

Gamera: Giant Monster Midair Battle
[Literal Translation]

Gamera: The Guardian of the Universe
[Spain Title]


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Directed by Shusuke Kaneko
Writing credits Kazunori Ito
Produced by Tsutomu Tsuchikawa
Music by Kow Otani
Cinematography by Junichi Tozawa, Kenji Takama
Film Editing by Shizuo Arakawa
Production Design by Hajime Oikawa
Director of Special Effects Shinji Higuchi
Yoshinari Yonemori Tsuyoshi Ihara
Naoya Kusangi Akira Onodera
Mayumi Nagamine Shinobu Nakayama
Asagi Kusanagi Ayako Fujitani
Osako, Inspector Yukijiro Hotaru
Satake, Colonel Hatsunori Hasegawa
Mr. Saito Hirotaro Honda
Captain of the Kairyumaru Akira Kubo
Captain of the Nojima Kojiro Hongo
Taxi Driver Takashi Matsuo


Box Office

Release Date: March 11th, 1995 (Japan)
900,000 (Japan)
Distribution Earning:
¥520,000,000 / $6,000,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)

Release Date:
April 16th, 1997 (US, Video)
$8,670 / ¥1,000,000 (From Daiei in 1997, Rough Figure)

DVDs and Blu-rays

United States Region 1 Gamera: Guardian of the Universe ADV Films (2003) Order
United States Region 1 Gamera: Legacy Collection 1965-1999 Mill Creek Entertainment (2014) Order
Japan Region 2 Gamera: Giant Monster Midair Showdown Daiei Video (2001)
United States Blu-Ray Gamera: Guardian of the Universe / Attack of the Legion Mill Creek Entertainment (2010) 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

Background and Trivia

  • Daiei submitted the film to the US copyright office on April 11th, 1995 with the registration number of PA0000750007. The movie was submitted under its Romaji title, Gamera, Daikaiju Kuchu Kessen, and the English title, Gamera: The Guardian of the Universe.
  • The real budget for the movie is under contention. Director Shusuke Kaneko stated that the budget for the film during pre-production was estimated at $15 million. The budget was drastically lowered, through, to the point they started to negotiate lower fees for each staff person. While Daiei has stated that the final budget was $10 million, insider sources claim it was actually down to just $4.5 million in the end. Noted in G-Fan issue #40.
  • Before settling on Ito as the screenwriter, director Shusuke Kaneko states that Daiei attempted to push through two different scripts which were much more focused toward appealing to a younger audience. Noted in G-Fan issue #40.

Concept Art


Nicholas Driscoll Star Rating
May 16, 2012
Anthony Romero Star Rating
May 18, 2012