Kaneko's Gameras: different types of tributes?

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Kaneko's Gameras: different types of tributes?

Postby Damascinos » Mon May 05, 2014 12:52 am

A while back, I read an interview or quote from Shusuke Kaneko where he said that each of his three Gamera films represented a tribute to a different type of movie. But I can't remember the exact movie types he meant, other than Gamera 2 being in the style of a classic mid 60s Toho epic. Can anyone remember what he said? Or provide a link?

Thanks. I did a lot of looking online for the answer before I came here to ask.
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Re: Kaneko's Gameras: different types of tributes?

Postby planetxleader » Mon May 05, 2014 10:56 am

Well, I'm not sure of a specific quote, but Guardian of the Universe is classic '60s Toho all the way. It really feels more like a Honda Godzilla film than a Gamera film, haha.

Gamera 2 is definitely '50s American sci-fi, mixed with a straight war movie (I do recall Kaneko saying that he wanted to portray the struggles with and alongside kaiju as realistically and with the same gravity as a war movie. The same goes for GMK).

Gamera 3, I've no idea, though it pretty much is a live-action anime, and that probably was what Kaneko was going for.
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Re: Kaneko's Gameras: different types of tributes?

Postby lhb412 » Mon May 05, 2014 12:28 pm

I've always felt that G1 is in the mold of a mid-to-late '60s Toho film, G2 the Toho and basically any sci-fi films from '50s to early '60s (bit of Ultra Q, too), while G3 reflects contemporary Japanese fantasy and sci-fi.
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Re: Kaneko's Gameras: different types of tributes?

Postby jellydonut25 » Mon May 05, 2014 1:18 pm

I've always thought GOTU is the most Gamera of these movies, G2 the most Toho-Godzilla-style, and G3 as the most Kaneko in its sensibilities.
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Re: Kaneko's Gameras: different types of tributes?

Postby tbeasley » Mon May 05, 2014 8:01 pm

I tried to find the interview but I remember reading Kaneko wanted G1 to have more of a straight sci-fi/fantasy action/adventure feel to it, with G2 being more of a 'Gamera teams up with the military' movie and G3 being more of a psychological thriller with kaiju.
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Re: Kaneko's Gameras: different types of tributes?

Postby king_ghidorah » Mon May 12, 2014 6:57 pm

I'll add my two cents:

GOTU: To me feels like a modern take on a Showa Gamera film
G2: Feels very Honda-y to me
G3: Feels very Evangelion/anime inspired
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Re: Kaneko's Gameras: different types of tributes?

Postby jellydonut25 » Tue May 13, 2014 9:23 am

king_ghidorah wrote:I'll add my two cents:

GOTU: To me feels like a modern take on a Showa Gamera film
G2: Feels very Honda-y to me
G3: Feels very Evangelion/anime inspired

Seems we are on the same page...


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Re: Kaneko's Gameras: different types of tributes?

Postby Shin_Edda_Robo!!!!! » Tue May 13, 2014 12:59 pm

The Evangelion/Anime reference is very spot on. To the point the train station battle is constantly referenced in pop culture themed anime like Lucky Star.
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Re: Kaneko's Gameras: different types of tributes?

Postby kiryugoji04 » Tue May 13, 2014 2:55 pm

Interesting how cyclical it all is since Evangelion is ridiculously Ultraman-inspired.
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