Gamera the Brave (小さき勇者たちガメラ, Chiisaki Yūsha-tachi Gamera, lit. Little Braves: Gamera), is a 2006 Japanese kaiju film directed by Ryuta Tasaki, written by Yukari Tatsui, and produced by Kadokawa Daiei Studio. It is the 12th entry in the Gamera film series, and serves as the second reboot of the franchise, with the first being Gamera: Guardian of the Universe in 1995. It is also the first entry in the series to be produced by Kadokawa Daiei Studio after the company purchased a percentage of the remaining assets of Daiei Film, the original studio that was responsible for making the Gamera films.

Gamera the Brave
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byRyuta Tasaki[1]
Written byYukari Tatsui
StarringRyo Tomioka
Kanji Tsuda
Kaho
Music byYoko Ueno
CinematographyKazuhiro Suzuki
Production
company
Distributed byShochiku Company Ltd.
Release date
  • April 29, 2006 (2006-04-29)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Box office2.654.792 US-Dollar (in Japan) [1]

Gamera the Brave stars Ryo Tomioka, Kanji Tsuda, Kaho, and Susumu Terajima, and features Toshinori Sasaki as Toto, the son of the fictional giant turtle monster Gamera. The film was released theatrically in Japan on April 29, 2006, and was distributed by Shochiku.

PlotEdit

After Gamera self-destructs to destroy three Gyaos in 1973; the tale picks up 33 years later in 2006, when the son of one of the survivors of that incident finds an unusual egg, from which a baby turtle hatches. The boy, Toru, raises the turtle, quickly realizing it as being remarkable in that it hovers and breathes fire. The turtle quickly outgrows the house, is relocated by Toru and his friends to maintain secrecy and then disappears.

Concurrently, many shipping disasters occur in the area, the cause of which is the kaiju Zedus (ジーダス), a monstrous amphibian which soon thereafter rampages through the city. It corners Toru and his friends, but the boy's former pet, now significantly larger, intercedes. The young Gamera is wounded in the fight and captured by government officials, who hook the creature up to a machine which infuses it with liquid derived from mysterious red stones found in the vicinity of the egg and which scientists theorize give the Gameras their power.

Zedus attacks again and the new Gamera, now larger, goes out to battle him. The human characters determine that the still-immature Gamera must consume the red stone which Toru had found with the egg in order to gain its full power. The egg is located and, with some difficulty, delivered to Toru, who throws it into Gamera's mouth during the battle. Gamera's power of jet-propelled flight manifests itself and it defeats Zedus by breathing a fireball at it. The kaiju escapes further government investigation with Toru's assistance and flies off as the boy wishes him farewell.

CastEdit

  • Ryo Tomioka as Toru Aizawa
  • Kanji Tsuda as Kousuke Aizawa
  • Kaho as Mai Nishio
  • Susumu Terajima as Osamu Nishio
  • Shingo Ishikawa as Ishimaru
  • Shogo Narita as Katsuya
  • Toshinori Sasaki as Toto / Gamera, the titular monster and the son of the original Gamera
  • Mizuho Yoshida as Zedus, the main monster antagonist of the film

Release and receptionEdit

Gamera the Brave was released theatrically in Japan on April 29, 2006, and was distributed by Shochiku.

Andrew Kasch of the website Dread Central gave the film a score of 3 1/2 out of 5, writing that "Even with its kid-centric approach, Gamera the Brave is guaranteed to please most kaiju enthusiasts, and the new franchise should be enough to fill the empty hole left in Godzilla's absence."[2] Tom Mes of Midnight Eye called the film "an agreeable time waster that introduces the tried and true kaiju formula to a new generation", but wrote that "anyone aged 13 or over will likely be looking elsewhere for their monster movie fix".[3]

In the years following the film's release, a hoax circulated online which claimed that a giant ancient tortoise, shown in photographs being transported on a flatbed truck, was caught in or around the Amazon River.[4] In actuality, the tortoise shown in the photographs was a full-scale, 15-foot-long prop of Toto which was used in the film.[5]

Home videoEdit

Gamera the Brave was released on Region 1 DVD in 2008 by Tokyo Shock.[6][7] The film received a Blu-ray release in July 2016 by Kadokawa Daiei Studio, as part of a box set with 4K digital restorations of the previous films in the Gamera franchise's Heisei era.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rigney, Todd (8 October 2015). "#NYCC2015: Gamera 2015 Trailer Sets a Fire in Our Pants". Dread Central. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  2. ^ Kasch, Andrew; Barton, Steve (11 July 2006). "Gamera the Brave (2006)". Dread Central. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  3. ^ Mes, Tom (29 September 2006). "Midnight Eye review: Gamera the Brave (Chiisaki Yusha-tachi Gamera, 2005, Ryuta TASAKI". MidnightEye.com. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  4. ^ Mintz, Zoe (22 November 2013). "World's Largest Tortoise? Fake Image Depicts 800-Pound Turtle 'Found' In The Amazon River [PHOTO]". International Business Times. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  5. ^ Evon, Dan (15 June 2016). "World's Largest Tortoise?". Snopes. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Gamera the Brave". Amazon.com. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  7. ^ Sinnott, John (19 September 2010). "Gamera Vs. Guiron / Gamera Vs. Jiger". DVD Talk. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  8. ^ Chapman, Paul (13 May 2016). "Kadokawa Unleashes Monstrous "Heisei Gamera 4K Digital Restored Version" Bluray Set". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 26 June 2019.

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