Gamera the flying turtle (“Friend to All Children!”) was the second biggest monster movie star in Japan — and then he disappeared, remembered mainly as a relic of everything “silly” that didn’t hold up about old-fashioned kaiju movies. This is the story of how an iconoclastic director restored his good name, turning “the other Japanese monster” into the new 1990s gold standard for the entire genre and giving Gamera back to the world.

This is The Big Picture with Bob Chipman, talking about the revival of Gamera.

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Bob Chipman
Bob Chipman is a critic and author.

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