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Aliens from spaceship Zanon want to destroy the world. Giruge (Keiko
Kudo), one of the aliens, is their field agent, mingling with the humans
in the disguise of a businesswoman. Her mission is to destroy the Space
Women (Mach Fumiake, Yaeko Kuchima, Yoko Komatsu), three superheroines
from outer space who have sworn to protect the world without the use of
weapons. Also, to get the destruction of earth ahead, Giruge activates
giant monster after giant monster to wreak havoc.
However, the one
factor standing between Giruge and success is a little boy (Koichi Maeda)
who believes his pet turtle, which he has released into a nearby river,
will become giant sabre-toothed turtle Gamera and defend the earth. And
after he plays the themesong he has composed for Gamera on the Space
Women's organ, Gamera actually shows up and beats the living daylights out
of each of Giruge's monsters.
Eventually, Giruge catches up witht he
Space Women and tries to kill them, but they turn the tables, but then
refrain from killing her, and after taking care of her after she had an
accident, Giruge switches sides, lets herself be killed by spaceship Zanon
in the Space Women's stead - and this way gives Gamera a good idea about
the location of Zanon. So Gamera flies to outer space to destroy this
threat of mankind once and for all ...
In a way, this film is
an attempt to revive the Gamera-series that has been lying
dormant for 9 years and bring it more in tune with then current box office
successes, namely Star Wars and Superman. Now this sounds
reasonable enough, and some special effects in Super Monster Gamera
really show that the film's makers were up to it, technically speaking.
But obviously they were not as up to it on the budget side, so all of
Gamera's battles were lifted from the turtle's old movies, which makes the
film incredibly choppy, because the battlescenes are not set up
narrationwise and the changes in Gamera's costume from one scene to the
next are a bit too obvious. Furthermore, with this endless barrage of
monster fights - all of which were rather shoddily rescored - the film
lacks a real climax, also maybe because the framing story is episodic,
slightly silly, and lacks any real tension.
That all said, if you want
to see a few vintage monster battles and Japanese girls in funny superhero
outfits (and who doesn't), you might still want to watch this, it's still
mindless fun - jujst don't expect anything even remotely good!