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The Guyver
Directed by Steve Wang
Produced by Brian Yuzna
Written by Screenplay:
Joe Woo Jr.
Original Story:
Yoshiki Takaya
Starring Mark Hamill
Vivian Wu
Jack Armstrong
Michael Berryman
Music by Matthew Morse
Cinematography Levie Isaacks
Editing by Andy Horvitch
Joe Woo Jr.
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date(s) March 18, 1991
Running time 105 min.
Country  United States
Language English
Followed by Dark Hero

The Guyver (Mutronics in the UK) is a 1991 science fiction film based on the Guyver manga series.



FBI agent Max Reed witnesses Dr. Tetsu Segawa - a researcher for the mysterious Chronos Corporation - being murdered. Dr. Segawa had stolen an alien device known as "The Guyver" from Chronos. College student Sean Barker, whose girlfriend's father was Dr. Segawa, finds the Guyver's hiding spot while watching the forensic team investigating the crime scene. Through further events, the Guyver fuses with Sean and causes him to be covered in a suit of bio-armor. The president of Chronos, Fulton Balcus, wants the Guyver back and sends his mutant henchmen, the Zoanoids, led by Lisker, to steal it back.


Glenn Kenny of Entertainment Weekly said the film features "surprisingly convincing costumes and effects, inspired casting, and energetic direction, [but] what sinks it is its unfortunate adherence to the time-honored direct-to-video clichés: an unearned paycheck for a onetime A-picture star, and a tendency to fall back on lame humor whenever the going gets slow."[1]

David Johnson of DVD Verdict criticized the film's "ham-fisted over-acting," "ludicrous plot contrivances," and "nauseatingly hokey soundtrack."[2] Johnson called the film "a big, dumb joke," saying: "Despite some good creature effects, the movie crashed and burned and crashed again, weighted down by preposterous acting [and] corny music."[3]

Nathan Shumate of Cold Fusion Video Reviews criticized the film, in particular "the annoying demeanor and lack of personality" of lead actor Jack Armstrong," adding: "If there ever was a movie made for fan appreciation only, this is it, [...] but not everything can be blamed on audience unfamiliarity; there are plenty of elements in this movie that don’t work even by fanboy standards."[4]

The film generated enough interest for a sequel, Guyver: Dark Hero, with Armstrong replaced by David Hayter in the role of Sean, which was more well-received critically than its predecessor.



  1. ^ The Guyver review, Glenn Kenny, Entertainment Weekly, October 30, 1992
  2. ^ THE GUYVER review, David Johnson, DVD Verdict, August 25th, 2004
  3. ^ THE GUYVER 2: DARK HERO review, David Johnson, DVD Verdict, August 25th, 2004
  4. ^ The Guyver review, Nathan Shumate, Cold Fusion Video Reviews, April 30, 2003

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