The G-Saviour mobile suit.
|Genre||Military science fiction|
|Based on||Mobile Suit Gundam
by Yoshiyuki Tomino
|Screenplay by||Mark Amato
|Story by||Stephanie Pena-sy|
|Directed by||Graeme Campbell|
|Theme music composer||John Debney
|Country of origin||Japan
|Running time||93 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Polestar Entertainment|
|Budget||US$ 10 million
(¥ 1 billion)
|Original channel||TV Asahi|
G-Saviour (Ｇセイバー Jī-Seibā?) is a live-action television film created as part of the Gundam franchise. Set as an alternate future of the Universal Century timeline, G-Saviour was produced as a joint effort between the animation studio and creator of Gundam, Sunrise, and an American independent film production company, Polestar Entertainment. The film was broadcast in Japan on December 29, 2000 from 16:00 to 17:25 on TV Asahi and its affiliate ANN stations.
The year is Universal Century 0223. The Earth Federation has collapsed, and autonomy has been restored to the various territories under the Earth Federation's control. The Space Colonies have shaken off their colonial past and now consider themselves independent "Settlements". In this new power scheme two sides have emerged: the Congress of Settlement Nations (CONSENT), which is largely made up of former Earth Federation members and encompasses Sides 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, and their Earth-bound parent nations, and the Settlement Freedom League, compromised of Sides 1, 4, and the Lunar Cities. CONSENT suffers from a food shortage crisis, while the Settlement Freedom League has the agricultural capability to feed itself and thus is not affected by CONSENT's food shortage. When an agricultural breakthrough is made in the neutral Side 8 colony "Gaia", CONSENT resolves to seize the technology by force to solve its own food crisis, or to destroy it, unless ex-CONSENT pilot Mark Curran and a ragtag band of mobile suit pilots can stop them.
- Mark Curran - Brennan Elliott (Masato Hagiwara)
- Cynthia Graves - Enuka Okuma (Ryoko Shinohara)
- Mimi Devere - Catarina Conti (Yumi Takada)
- Lieutenant Colonel Jack Halle - David Lovgren (Takaya Hashi)
- General Garneaux - Kenneth Welsh (Russell Ishii)
- Dieter - Alfonso Quijada (Takayasu Komiya)
- Kobi - Taayla Markell (Rei Sakuma)
- Chief Councilor Graves - Blu Mankuma (Kenji Utsumi)
- Philippe San Simeone - Hrothgar Mathews (Toshihiko Kojima)
- Simmons - Brendan Beiser (Kenichi Ono)
- Dagget - Marlowe Dawn (Emi Shinohara)
- Lieutenant Tim Holloway - Peter Williams (Naoki Bandō)
- Barkeep - Christopher Shyer (Kiyoyuki Yanada)
The project's actors are predominantly from Canada, and the Japanese language version has Japanese dubbed into the movie. It was released in 2000 and intended, along with the Turn-A Gundam television series, to be the centerpiece of Sunrise's "Big Bang Project," its 20th anniversary celebration for the popular Gundam metaseries.
Its story time frame of Universal Century 0223 is the last known year of the Universal Century calendar. However, the animated short Ring of Gundam takes place in an unknown time in UC's future, and the show Gundam Reconguista in G takes place in the calendar era after UC, Regild Century.
G-Saviour is unique among Gundam animated and live-action properties in that the word "Gundam" is not in the title, or actually used at all throughout the movie's run. It was the second attempt at producing a live-action Gundam feature (after the 1997 interactive video game Gundam 0079: The War for Earth).
On September 14, 2000, a PlayStation 2 video game was released to promote the film's upcoming release on Japanese television. The game takes place after the events of the movie and stars Reed Fox, a pilot of the Illuminati's "Lightning Squad". Garneaux's confidant, General Bais, is developing "Project Raven", which will greatly enhance the military strength of CONSENT; it is Reed and Illuminati's task to see it doesn't succeed. The game is noteworthy for having more Mobile Suits than in the movie, which also move more fluidly.
|G-Saviour Original Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by Various|
|Released||January 24, 2001|
|2.||"Main Theme"||John Debney and Louis Febre||3:50|
|3.||"Rescue"||John Debney and Louis Febre||5:35|
|4.||"Invader"||John Debney and Louis Febre||4:56|
|5.||"Bio-Luminescence"||John Debney and Louis Febre||5:23|
|6.||"Flight"||John Debney and Louis Febre||3:11|
|7.||"Escape"||John Debney and Louis Febre||4:29|
|8.||"Illuminati"||John Debney and Louis Febre||3:11|
|9.||"G-Saviour"||John Debney and Louis Febre||1:10|
|10.||"Wounded Heart"||John Debney and Louis Febre||6:17|
|11.||"Romance"||John Debney and Louis Febre||1:27|
|12.||"Misfire"||John Debney and Louis Febre||2:54|
|13.||"MS Battle"||John Debney and Louis Febre||6:36|
|14.||"G-Saviour Advance"||John Debney and Louis Febre||10:57|
|15.||"Declaration of Independence"||John Debney and Louis Febre||2:33|
|17.||"New History"||John Debney and Louis Febre||3:06|
G-Saviour was received poorly by fans, scoring 4.2 out of 10 on IMDb. It was criticized for its poor acting and story, but has received praise for its special effects and CGI.
- Official G-Saviour website at the Wayback Machine (archived October 16, 2002)
- Gundam Perfect Web's G-Saviour DVD page (Japanese)
- Bandai Visual's G-Saviour DVD page (Japanese)
- G-Saviour (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- G-Saviour at the Internet Movie Database
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