Gamera 2 - Attack Of Legion [DVD]
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The second in the series of films centring on the giant 200ft turtle, Gamera. A clash of the monsters takes place in downtown Tokyo when a super turtle and a race of flying lizards attack the city. They are repelled by the equally monstrous Gamera, who is aided in his fight by a naval officer, an ornithologist and a beautiful female psychic.
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Shusuke Kaneko's "Gamera" trilogy completly reinvisioned the popular view of Japanese monster movies, especially "Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris", which boasted better special effects and script writing than the American "Godzilla" (1998) on a budget about a tenth of the cost. The image of "cheesy men in rubber suits" has been fading for many years now, and it's not until now that the UK can see this themselves, thanks to ADV's brilliant quality DVD releases.
"Gamera 2" stands out from the other two entries in the trilogy, focusing more on traditional science fiction elements (as opposed to the spiritual/fantasy theme of the other two). Produced in 1996, the film boasts some brilliant effects work, and a grand final battle between Gamera; the ancient Earth's guardian, and the giant demon Legion.
Shusuke Kaneko has made himself a big reputation in modern Japanese action films, having directed "Gamera: Guardian of the Universe" (1995), "Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion" (1996), "Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris" (1999), "Cross Fire" (2000), and the most critically acclaimed "Godzilla - Mothra - King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack" (2001).
The special effects are actually better in "Gamera: The Guardian of the Universe" than we have seen in any Gamera film; yes, the monsters are still rubber suits, but the Japanese defense forces moving into position are actually decent this time around and the fireballs Gamera spits out at the Gyaos are pretty kewl. More importantly, if you want your Japanese rubber monster movies to have bad dubbing, then this film will certainly meet your needs. So this is better than what came before (ask Kojiro Hongo who plays the Captain of the Nojima because he was in most of those original films), but it is hard to take great pride in that conclusion. But one final warning: you better like techno music big time.
Actually, it isn't turtlier because Gamera isn't in it as much as you expect. On the other hand the puny humans, who usually seem to be there just to cut down on the more expensive scenes of monster mayhem, aren't too bad in this one and the bad monsters are quite cool.
So, definitely recommended to fans of the genre.
Surprisingly there's also a good batch of extras. Outtakes isn't what it seems, rather it's a collection of scenes redubbed with risque dialogue. Lake Texarcana Gamera is a mini version of the film as dubbed by rednecks and is very very funny. Add an unofficial extra star for these unexpected but welcome bonuses.
Put simply, Gamera 2 has the kind of great plot, engaging characters and confident direction that Hollywood is lacking. Visually, the film is beautiful, switching between autumnal and winter scenes that ground the Gamera films in the real world. The visual effects are exciting and at times astonishing given the movies meagre budget.
The finale carries an emotional punch will have you leaping out of your seat.
A great film, worthy of 5 stars. Hopefully, is sales prove good, ADV will release the sublime Gamera 3 to wrap things up - a six-star movie if ever there was one!
Toho eat your heart out.
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