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The Guyver (1991)

Guyver (original title)
PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi | 3 June 1992 (France)
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A young man discovers a mechanical device that merges with his own body, turning him into a cyborg superhero. When strange creatures start appearing, trying to take the device back, he ... See full summary »

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Jon Purdy (screenplay by), Yoshiki Takaya (based on characters created by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greg Joung Paik ... Dr. Tetsu Segawa (as Greg Paik)
Jimmie Walker ... Striker (as Jimmy Walker)
Peter Spellos ... Ramsey
Michael Berryman ... Lisker
Spice Williams-Crosby ... Weber (as Spice Williams)
Mark Hamill ... Max Reed
Jack Armstrong ... Sean Barker / The Guyver
Johnnie Saiko ... Craig
Vivian Wu ... Mizky Segawa
Deborah Anne Gorman Deborah Anne Gorman ... Ms. Jenson (as Deborah Gorman)
Danny Gibson Danny Gibson ... Aikido Instructor's Assistant
Willard E. Pugh ... Col. Castle
David Gale ... Fulton Balcus
'Evil' Ted Smith 'Evil' Ted Smith ... Ronnie (as Ted Smith)
Doug Simpson Doug Simpson ... Quinton
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Storyline

A young man discovers a mechanical device that merges with his own body, turning him into a cyborg superhero. When strange creatures start appearing, trying to take the device back, he begins to uncover a secret plot to genetically engineer terrifying monsters. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Some mutants are more equal than others. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 1992 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Guyver See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film featured over 50 creature effects. See more »

Goofs

The Guyver's extended elbow blades wiggle and bend like rubber as he twists and turns in fight scenes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[opening scroll]
Narrator: At the beginning of time, aliens came to the Earth to create the ultimate organic weapon. They created Mankind. By planting a special gene into man they created the ZOANOIDS - Humans who can change at will into super monster soldiers. Eons later, the Zoanoid leader, called the ZOALORD, has awakened formed the Chronos Corporation to further develop the Zoanoid technology for world domination. Among the alien remains, was found the "Unit" - a bio boosted alien armor. ...
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Crazy Credits

No Zoanoids were injured in the making of this movie. See more »

Alternate Versions

Differences between the "Director's Cut" (actually the original theatrical version) and the VHS version are as follows:
  • A text prologue explaining the origins of the guyver and zoanoids, as well as leading up to Dr. Segawa's predicament with the other zoanoids.
  • Slightly different opening credits. The "Guyver" title is shown in glittering, silver chrome that splis. The VHS version shows a cheaper black/brown title that swipes in and fades out.
  • Slightly more dialogue when Max tells Misky of her father's death.
  • The scene where Balcus makes Lisker punch himself has music in the theatrical cut. In the VHS version, no music is present.
  • Extended dialogue between Max, Misky and Castle at Dr Segawa's death scene. This also includes a little more footage of Sean spying on them.
  • When Sean encounters the punks in the alley, he yells "Hi-ya!" with a ready aikido stance. The punks laugh at him and then they all yell "Hi-ya" mockingly with the same stance.
  • An intimate scene between Lisker and Weber in the van as they wait for Striker & Ramsey. He mentions the two of them going shopping in Brazil, and she absolutely loves the idea.
  • In the warehouse sequence, the shopping bit is brought up again between the zoanoid Lisker and zoanoid Weber. This was cut short in the VHS version.
  • Zoanoid Striker yelling down to Zoanoid Ramsey is shown in two cuts in the theatrical version, one in the VHS cut.
  • Major scene transitions in the "director's cut" are accompanied by slash going across the screen with a two-note techno theme. None of these are in the VHS cut. Additionally, 3 violent scenes are not in the so-called director's cut:
  • When zoanoid Lisker crushes zoanoid Segawa's head, blood is shown gushing onto the ground in the VHS version. The "director's cut" has a very slightly shorter version showing a shot of zoanoid Segawa on his knees with no blood.
  • When the guyver kills the snake-headed zoanoid, the VHS version shows him getting his arm ripped off and his neck snapped with blood splatter. The "director's cut" edits this out in favor of a cheap insert shot of the other zoanoids looking on.
  • When the guyver slashes zoanoid Weber, the VHS version shows blood splattering across her face and Misky's. The "director's cut" cuts away to a cheap close-up of zoanoid Striker looking on.
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Serious tonal problems
4 April 2016 | by AlienatorXSee all my reviews

I love tokusatsu, in any shape size or form. So I was excited about this film when I first heard of it, an American tokusatsu based on an anime I had never heard of with a really cool premise, a human discovers an alien device which turns into a suit of living armour (I love living suit superheroes). But there is one distinct problem with this concept, translation. This was during the 90s and people weren't sure how seriously to take anime yet, a problem which translates into this film which has no idea what kind of tone it's going for. Firstly the positives; the fight choreography in this movie is nothing short of fantastic combining martial arts and wirework with really cool powers, the look of the Guyver and the Zoanoids is really really well done, the music is intense and energetic and the acting ranges from over the top and goofy to good, Mark Hamill is in this film as a cop trying to solve the mystery and he is great as always. But the film is completely ruined by it's tone, there are two movies going on here, a goofy over the top fun film and a serious gritty film, the two mesh HORRIBLY and so the film ends up being no fun at all, Give it a miss.


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