Gamera 2: Region shurai (1996)

Japan, 1996
99m
35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
Dolby SR, English

A Japanese science fiction film directed by Shusuke Kaneko. Controversially, it was the first to win the Nihon SF Taisho Award, the Japanese equivalent of the Nebula Award, prompting some critics to hail the decision as the death of Japanese science fiction literature 1Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction from Origins to Anime by Christopher Bolton Bolton. It was the tenth film to feature giant monster and the second in the relaunched series.

Plot Summary

A meteor crashes to Earth near , unleashing hundreds of insect-like “legion” creatures. With the Japanese Self Defence Force proving unable to stop the creatures progress it's up to Gamera to save the day..

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Shusuke Kaneko
Daiei Studios, NTV Network, Tokuma International
Executive Producer: Yasuyoshi Tokuma
Produced by: Miyuki Nanri, Naoki Sato, Tsutomu Tsuchikawa
Written by: Kazunori Ito
Director of Photography: Junichi Tozawa
Editor: Shizuo Arakawa
Music by: Ko Ohtani
Special Effects Director: Shinji Higuchi
Miniature Effects: Marbling FineArts
Production Designer: Hajime Oikawa

Cast
Toshiyuki Nagashima (Colonel Watarase)
Miki Mizuno (Midori Honami)
Tamotsu Ishibashi (Hanatani)
Mitsuru Fukikoshi (Obitsu – NTT Hokkaido engineer)
Ayako Fujitani (Asagi Kusanagi)
Hiroyuki Okita (Sasai)
Yusuke Kawazu (Nojiri)
Yukijiro Hotaru (Osako)
Hatsunori Hasegawa (Satake)
Tomorowo Taguchi (subway driver)
La Salle Ishii (NTT staff with Obitsu/Watarase in Nazaki)
Hiroshi Ookochi
Bengaru (Midori's father)
Kazue Tsunogae (Midori's mother)
Akiji Kobayashi (soldier)
Takeshi Yoro (professor of the Hokkaido University Veterinarian Department)
Aki Maeda (little girl in Sendai)
Yuka Sakano (Yukino)
Miyuki Komatsu (female TV reporter)
Zen Kajihara (guard in beer factory)

Alternative Titles

Gamera – Attack of the Legion – Germany
Gamera 2: Advent of Legion – English language title
Gamera 2: Assault of the Legion – USA
Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion – English language title
Gamera 2: I Epithesi tis Legeonas – Greece
Gamera 2: La invasió del legió – Spain (Catalan)
Gamera, l'attaque de la légion – France
Gamera: Attack of Legion – English language DVD title

Sequel to
Gamera: Daikaiju Kuchu Kessen (1995)

Sequel
Gamera Suri Jyashin Irisu Kakusei (1999)

References

Periodicals

  • Cinefantastique vol.28 no.3 (October 1996) pp.10-13 – illustrated article (Gamera 2: Legion Attacks! by Steve Ryfle)
  • Screen International no.1043 (2 February 1996) p.24 – credits (International Production)
  • Shock Cinema no.12 (1998) p.20 – review (Film Reviews by Steven Puchalski)