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Prince of Space (1959)
"Yûsei ôji" (original title)

 |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  1962 (USA)
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When an alien force tries to invade Earth to steal a powerful new rocket fuel, a mysterious hero intervenes.


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Credited cast:
Tatsuo Umemiya ...
Yûsei ôji / Waku-san
Hiroko Mine ...
Sachko Shibasaki
Takashi Kanda ...
Inspector Takeda
Ushio Skashi ...
Dr. Maki
Ken Hasebe ...
Newsreporter Tabei
Junji Masuda ...
Colonel Watanabe
Joji Oka ...
Ambassador Maboroshi / Maboroshi taishi (as Jôji Oka)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Akira Asami ...
Dr. Maki's Son Ichirô , the boy
Jack Curtis ...
Additional Voices (voice) (unconfirmed)
Rikiya Iwaki ...
Ambassador Maboroshi's Henchman M2 (as Riki Iwaki)
Akira Katayama ...
Doctor Naitô
Yûji Kitamine ...
Newsreporter A
Kôji Komori ...
Makoto - Shoeshine Boy
Tokio Kozuka ...
Hiroshi Mihara ...
Ambassador Maboroshi's Henchman M10


A Group of space men from the planet Krankor who resemble chickens are led by their leader, Phantom to invade Earth. But a strange superhero named Prince of Space (actually a bootblack in disguise) arrives to defeat the spacemen. Although the weapons of the aliens cannot harm the Prince of Space, the Phantom continues to fight, and many plot twists (including capturing a group of elderly scientists) ensue. Watch out for the Giant! Written by Tim Fox <>

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1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Invaders from Space  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Like Shintoho's "Super Giant/Starman" series, this Toei production was released to theaters as a sort of mini-serial with two approximately hour-long episodes. In the US this was edited into a single feature film running less than 90 minutes. See more »


A very obvious zipper runs down the giant monster's back. See more »


Phantom of Krankor: [to Prince of Space] Come on out or we're gonna kill some children!
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Chickens Without Underwear
18 February 2003 | by (West Virginia) – See all my reviews

"Your weapons have no effect on me" but this movie does. Want to laugh until you fall over? This is the one that tops the charts for the worst Japanese film of all times. The story appears to be that 7, or maybe 8, chickens try to take over the earth, or Japan, or something and a shoe-shine boy, who is really the Prince of Space, points a butane grill lighter at them and jumps around with a sinus mask over his face. The Phantom of Krankor, the head chicken (or is that rooster?), forgot his underwear much to our dismay (or delight),has drooping football pads under his tights, and laughs demonically every five minutes. His flock keep shooting at the Prince with their stick weapons, ignoring his statement that the "weapons have no effect on me". Maybe they should have just hit him over the head. To add to the confusions, small Japanese boys run around giving orders, having access to restricted government property and speaking with a variety of American accents. Somewhere along the line, a giant Pillsbury Dough Boy appears, guarding the planet Krankor, and is easily dispatched by the Prince. So much for giant guardians. The wimpy scientists, meeting in a room the size of the Metropolitan Opera, run the gamut of emotions from cowardice to boredom, which is probably what you will do as you watch this film. It all works out, I guess and the world is safe from Krankor and his flock of invading Rhode Island Reds. I wonder if the Prince went back to his shoe shine job?

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