Gamera the Brave
|Gamera the Brave|
Official Japanese poster
|Hepburn||Chiisaki Yūsha-tachi ~Gamera~|
|Directed by||Ryuta Tasaki|
|Written by||Yukari Tatsui|
|Music by||Yoko Ueno|
|Distributed by||Kadokawa Pictures|
|Running time||96 minutes|
Gamera the Brave, released in Japan as Young Braves of Gamera (小さき勇者たち～ガメラ～ Chiisaki Yūsha-tachi ~Gamera~?), is a kaiju film released in 2006, produced by Kadokawa Pictures. This is the twelfth Gamera film and the first produced by Kadokawa Pictures after they purchased a percentage of the remaining assets of Daiei Motion Picture Company, the original company responsible for the Gamera films.
Gamera self-destructed to destroy several Gyaos in 1973, the tale picks up thirty three years later, 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 creature, quickly realizing it as remarkable in that it hovers and breathes fire. The creature 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), 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 egg, and which scientists theorise gives Gameras their power.
Zedus attacks again, and the 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 fully realize its powers. The egg is located and, with some difficulty, delivered to Toru, who throws it into the Gamera's mouth during the battle. The Gamera's power of rocket-propelled flight manifests, 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.
- 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 Gamera, Toto is the brave Son of the Gamera that died in the 1970s killing three Gyaos
- Mizuho Yoshida as Zedus, the main monster antagonist of the film
The film received mostly positive reviews, currently holding a rating of 6.9/10 on IMDb
- Released: Jan 22, 2013
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen
- Resolution: 1080p Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
- Audio: Japanese and English (Both DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0) [English audio contains serious sound effects/music sync issues]
- Subtitles: English
- Extras: How to Make a Gamera Film (37:12, SD)
- Two T.V. Spots (:49, SD)
- Theatrical Trailer (1:35, SD)
- Note: Single 25GB Blu-ray Disc (96 Minutes) (Region A/B)
- Orndorf, Brian. "Gamera the Brave Blu-ray Review". Blu-ray.com. Blu-ray.com. Retrieved 17 November 2014.