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

 -  Action | 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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Cast

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 ...
Tsunoda
Hiroshi Mihara ...
Ambassador Maboroshi's Henchman M10
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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 <foxagency@accs.net>

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Krankor is allowed to escape after he threatens to kill a boy. As he starts running up the stairs, the boy (who is standing next to him) starts following him up the stairs, realizes he's supposed to stay where he is, and stops. See more »

Quotes

Prince of Space: There's no use firing - your guns won't work against me!
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Referenced in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Evil Plotters from outer space are stupid
13 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Title:Prince of Space Category:Japanese Schlock sci-fi Schlock Rating: 9.5 Overall Production: 4.5 Actors: Japanese Date produced:1959

Its no secret little Japanese boys with 10X telescopes are the best astronomers and outer space watch dogs. When the haw, haw, haw, hawwwww evil plotter, The Phantom, with the chicken beak nose, bristly eyebrows and mustache, wiggling chin pouch and jock-less pants shows up in a weedy field outside Tokyo in his "rotating augur" space ship, our intrepid junior space watchers have no trouble beating the clueless "old fart" authorities to the spot.

Soon the Earth (Japan ) finds itself in danger of conquest by Krankor, that well-known evil planet from somewhere out there in space. After a few quick zings from the Phantom's rotating glass eye ray gun let's the crowd know he ain't fooling around, another mysterious fire and smoke emitting "reversed wheel barrow" space ship shows up.

Enter Krankor's nemesis, the self-proclaimed Prince of Space wearing mask and spiffy satin cape. The strangely charitable but invulnerable Prince laughs at the Phantom's relentless and totally ineffectual ray gun zingers and blithely flies through the release of caustic vapors on his way to thwarting the evil one's stupid plans to steal secret rocket fuel plans and conquer earth.

Breathe easy Earth. Gout-kneed inept henchmen, X-radars in 54 Chevy station wagons, flaky pie dough bumbling giants, thorium bombs; nothing stops the mild-mannered, secretly disguised Prince from saving the day.


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