Reviews written by UK Andrew
Gamera The Brave (Hong Kong Version)November 24, 2007 Flying Family Fun!
This is a great movie for 8 year old boys, the monster action is cool and the hero is a young lad who they can identify with.
It is also great for anyone looking for family entertainment. The kid is not annoying and is quite a good little actor as are his friends who help the little turtle (tortoise?) grow up to be a fireball spitting, world saving, flying Gamera!
This is like a superhero origin story, how Gamera comes to be the hero he is, and he needs help from the children to achieve his greatness. The scene of children running against the screaming hordes through the wrecked city can be a bit sugary but it works for me.
The evil monster, the reptillian Zedus, is a good design without being too scary and the grown up Gamera looks great in a well filmed city battle.
A good film to watch with the kids.
Godzilla VS Spacegodzilla (Hong Kong Version)July 20, 2007 Space Monster Mayhem!
This Godzilla movie does not have the best special effects (the space sequences are poor) , neither does it have the greatest monster villain but it is enjoyable.
Space Godzilla is a mixture of Godzilla cells and space crystals who decides to return to earth and fight the real Godzilla. The cells got into space from the previous films fights with Biollante and Mothra, so a bit of continuity through the series!
The Earth G-force have made another robot to defend us, this time called Mogera - Mogera is a terrible design compared to Mechagodzilla. Mogera can split into ground and air attack vehicles and it does this in the final battle with Space Godzilla and Godzilla in Tokyo. This well orchestrated finale is worth sitting through the film for as this time there are human characters we actually care about.
There is the Major and pilot of Mogera who lost a good friend to Godzilla (in Return of Godzilla), there is the sister of the killed soldier and the two loyal crew of the Mogera, as well as a young telekenetic woman who developes a relationship with one of the crew. They are interesting characters and add a bit of emotion to the battle.
Not the best Godzilla film, but as I said before I watch them with my nephew, and there is enough explosions and destruction to keep everyone happy.
Also the plot of junior godzilla continuies and he is getting bigger and learning the fire atomic breath in this one. The next film we see him in he is not so cute.
Godzilla - Mothra And King Ghidorah Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (Hong Kong Version)(9)Our Price: US$10.99January 27, 2007 Where is Godzilla?
This is meant to be the best of the modern Godzilla movies and there are lots of monsters, the effects are great and the story is very good but I hate it, because of Godzilla!
Only my opinion and everyone has their favourites but he just looks like a waddling chicken in this one, I prefer the Godzilla 2000 look!
The other monsters, Baragon, Mothra and Ghidorah look fantastic and I love the directing and the fight scenes, especially with Baragon at the tourist resort, but I just do not like the godzilla suit and it spoils the whole film for me.
Godzilla VS Destoroyah (Hong Kong Version)1 people found this review helpful
January 27, 2007 Hong Kong gets trashed!
Not just Tokyo gets trashed this time, Hong Kong takes a battering from Godzilla too. In a great opening sequence Godzilla rises in Hong Kong with Radiation breaking out all over his body, he is in foul mood and proceeds to wreck Hong Kong.
The radiation inside the beast is welling up and he is heading for a meltdown of life threatening proportions.
Not only that, the island where little godzilla resided has now sunk and he has grown up to be a junior godzilla. 2 Godzillas for the price of one in this movie!
Before Destoroyah (funny spelling) achieves gigantic proportions there are numerous tank sized versions running around terrorising the humans in the movie, some good action sequences when they are fighting these creatures.
When Destoroyah does arrive he kills junior Godzilla and makes the main godzilla extremely angry forcing him closer to the meltdown which will destroy Tokyo (yes, we are back here!).
Great effects, good story and some decent emotion for the monsters - something I do not get from Gamera!
The Return Of Godzilla (Hong Kong Version)1 people found this review helpful
January 27, 2007 A welcome return!
Beofre any moans about artistic merit, I watch these films with my nephew and the reveiws are based on enjoyment! We have no problem with the subtitles and soon forget the films are in Japanese.
This was a good film, Godzilla was back, big and bad, no clowning around. Detruction was his main aim and Earth's only defence are the usually ineffective army, a small bubble shaped aircraft - the super X- packed with misslies and lasers and last, but not least, bird calls!
There is a great battle between the Super X and Godzilla in the city and the big green guy goes down - but not out! Skyscrapers are toppled and people flee and what looks to be a full size godzilla foot stomps the ground.
Our only chance is to lure Godzilla into a volcano by enticing him with the bird calls!
Godzilla's eyes are bit big to look real, very cartoony, but we know it is a guy in suit we just enjoy the entertainment.
There is also a really cheesy Godzilla song at the end.
Godzilla VS Megaguirus (Hong Kong Version)September 16, 2006 Stinger not stinker of a movie
The stinger in the movie is on the end of the giant dragonfly Megaguirus and it gets used to near deadly effect on Godzilla!
I really enjoyed this film, from the opening running battle - mostly at ground level- of the rocket grenade weilding rangers with Godzilla to the great aerial shots of Godzilla trashing the City!
Once again Godzilla is the bad guy that needs to be got rid of, until the weapon designed to do just that causes a greater menace - a swarm of rhino size, armoured dragonflys!
The G Graspers unit (bad name but cool aircraft)are a specialist team suppossed to taking out Godzilla but end up in the middle of the swarm and later swatted by the extreme giant form of the Megaguirus.
There are lots of great shots of destruction in this movie - the long shots with the monsters in the background are very well done, although Godzilla's head just looks too fake close up. Humans get up close and personal to the monsters and one of the G Graspers even rides the back of the swimming Godzilla!
The Godzilla suit has some huge spikes this time around, the Megaguirus model is a bit static but menacing and the whole film runs along at a good pace.
A fun film but the scene of the dragonfly attack in the alleyway is a bit violent for younger kids.
Gamera 2 Assault Of The LegionAugust 25, 2006 Flying Turtle vs Giant Bugs
I have never seen a Gamera Movie before! (shock!) A film with a giant Flying Turtle with big teeth? No, it was so much more!
I really enjoyed this film it had great effects work, they seem to try and keep the camera moving very realistically to make it seem like the bizarre things are real.
A huge, mushroom like pod bursts through a building and is going to release a spore to repopulate, along with this come a Legion of smaller bug creature and a giant Queen. For some reason Gamera does not like this and does his best to destroy the pod, destroying half the city in the process! He is overwhelmed by the smaller bugs and has to flee to get his strength back. He will need it to fight the big, spiky, Queen!
As with traditional giant monster movies we have an assorment of military weaponary trying to blow everything up and a titanic tussle between the creatures!
I do prefer Godzilla but this Gamera is no pushover and I look forward to seeing a few more of his battles.
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