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Uchûjin Tôkyô ni arawaru
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Warning from Space -- Warning from Space has one-eyed, starfish-shaped aliens from the planet Paira who take on human forms to warn the earth about the impending disaster.


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29 January 1956 (Japan) See more »
UFO's are seen around Tokyo. Because they look like giant starfish the aliens cannot approach us without creating panic... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Keizô Kawasaki ... Dr. Toru Itsobe
Toyomi Karita ... Hikari Aozora / Ginko
Bin Yagisawa ... No. 2 Pairan
Shôzô Nanbu ... The Elder Dr. Itsobe
Bontarô Miake ... Dr. Kamura (as Bontaro Miake)
Mieko Nagai ... Taeko Kamura
Kiyoko Hirai ... Mrs. Matsuda
Isao Yamagata ... Dr. Matsuda
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gai Harada
Yûzô Hayakawa ... Policeman
Kanji Kawahara ... Dr. Takashima
Sachiko Meguro ... Mrs. Tokuko Isobe
Toshiyuki Obara ... News Repoter Hoshino (USA) / Hideno (Japan)
Fumiko Okamura ... Japanese Bar' Ucyû-ken' Madam Ohana
Shiko Saito ... Mystery Man
Koh Sugita ... News Repoter
Tetsuya Watanabe ... Sankichi - Camera Enthusiast

Directed by
Koji Shima 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jay Cipes  English dialogue (as Jay H. Cipes)
Gentaro Nakajima  novel
Hideo Oguni 
Edward Palmer  English dialogue

Produced by
Masaichi Nagata .... producer
Original Music by
Seitarô Ômori 
Cinematography by
Kimio Watanabe 
Film Editing by
Toyo Suzuki 
Art Direction by
Shigeo Mano 
Art Department
Taro Okamoto .... color designer
Special Effects by
Kenmei Yuasa .... special effects director

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Also Known As:
"Uchûjin Tôkyô ni arawaru" - Japan (original title)
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87 min | USA:88 min (dubbed version)
Color (Daieicolor)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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This film wasn't released in the United States until 1967.See more »
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References Metropolis (1927)See more »


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People's of Earth UNITE...Danger is at hand, 19 October 2004
Author: sol1218 from brooklyn NY

Aliens, from the planet Paila, and Earthlings work together to prevent the Earth from being destroyed by a runaway planet, Planet R, from another galaxy in this early Japanese Sci-Fi movie released in 1956 with the American title "Warning from Space".

The Pairans who's planet Paila is on the other side of the sun and undetected from the eyes of earth's astronomers sends a fleet of space ships to earth to get the people of that planet to join with them to prevent the rogue planet R from slamming into earth and destroying not only earth but the entire solar system including the planet Paila. The Pairans looking like star fish with an eyeball on their stomachs have one of them Ginko, Toyomi Karita, morphs into the popular Japanese singer Hikari Aozora, and make contact with the earthlings on the dangers they they as well as the Pairans are facing.

At first the leaders of earth don't, as usual, take Ginko's warnings seriously. But when the planet begins to get closer to earth they finally do and muster all the nuclear weapons that the earth's superpowers have together to shoot into space and blast the streaking planet off course. The attempt fails miserably and as Planet R gets closer to earth it causes death and destruction by unleashing giant tidal waves and great changes in the weather. All seems lost until Ginko tells the earthlings that only Prof. Kamura can save them with his formula for the destructive super-nuclear element Duriun. Which earlier in the movie Ginko took from Prof. Kamura and destroyed because it was too dangerous for anyone, much less those on earth, to have.

Ginko tells the people of earth that with getting the formula for Duriun from Prof. Kamura and together with the Pairans advanced technology to militarize and deliver it to the Planet R in order to knock it off it's course it will save the solar system but there's just one hitch, were is Prof. Kamura?

You have to forgive the cheap special effects since the movie was made almost fifty years ago before the invention of computer enhanced photography but the story and the acting in the movie "Warning from Space" is much better then you would have expected. It's also interesting to note that the movie was made in Japan the only country that was ever nuked and the story was about using nuclear weapons for survival instead of destruction.

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