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Gamera the Brave

(Gamera: Chiisaki yusha-tachi)
Directed by Ryuta Tasaki
Japan, 2006, 96 minutes
Cast: Ryo Tomioka, Kaho, Susumu (Naisu no Mori: The First Contact, Green Mind Metal Bats, Rampo Noir) Terajima, Kanji Tsuda, Tomorowo (Tetsuo: The Iron Man, A Snake of June, Strange Circus) Taguchi
Japanese language with English subtitles

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ze6g88xWsfw

Sunday, August 12 - 7:00pm at Roxie Film Center


The Never Changing Hero! Our Gamera! Kids unite for courage of Gamera!

Giant Monster movies have to be BIG - so we are pleased as punch to be able to bring a new Kaiju adventure to a theatre screen. Get in touch with your inner 12 year-old and kick back for old-school men-in-rubber suit monster mayhem. One show only! Get your tickets early.

The 12th episode of the Gamera series completely (and wisely) ignores Shusuke Kaneko's incredible Gamera Trilogy (1995-99) - three of the best giant monster movies ever made - and returns to the monster's roots. Gamera is once again a friend to children everywhere. Gamera the Brave even begins in 1973, and flashes forward to present-day Japan where the tale mutates into a bizarre Kaiju version of Lassie.

11 year-old Toru Aizawa (Tomioka) finds a strange egg and takes it in his hand. It cracks open, and a cute little turtle crawls out of the shell. Toru names it Toto and decides to raise it as a pet. Then strange things begin to happen. Toto begins to grow exponentially, fly around in the air and blow fireballs.

Mai (Kaho) sees Toto and becomes suspicious - could Toto actually be the return of the monster Gamera which disappeared 33 years ago, when it (apparently) died defending humans from the horrible attacks of evil monsters? If so, will the young (although already rather humongous) flying fire-breathing turtle grow strong enough to defeat Zedus, a gigantic lizard creature with a deadly projectile tongue that is stomping around and wreaking havoc? Who will survive and what will be left of them?

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