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Invasion of the Neptune Men (1961)
"Uchu Kaisoku-sen" (original title)

 -  Sci-Fi  -  19 July 1961 (Japan)
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Clumsy invaders from Neptune are thwarted by hero Space Chief and a nondescript group of microshort-wearing Japanese kids.

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Tachibana - Scientist / Space Chief (as Sonny Chiba)
Ryûko Minakami ...
Mitsue Komiya ...
Saito - Scientist
Seiichirô Kameishi ...
Yamagata Yukichi
Rin'ichi Yamamoto ...
Colonel Fujimoto
Kappei Matsumoto ...
Takashi Kanda ...
Defence Chief Takita
Shirô Okamoto ...
Eiji Shindo
Junji Masuda ...
Dr. Tamiya
Hidemichi Ishikawa ...
Dr. Yoshimoto
Shinjirô Ehara ...
Yanagida - Scientist
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Washington Broadcast Station Chief
Genji Kawai ...
The Guard
Masazumi Okabe ...
Railway worker
Kôsaku Okano ...
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(English version) Slow-moving aliens from the planet Neptune, wearing nosecone-shaped space helmets, attempt to invade Earth in a winged rocketship. But they are thwarted by a mysterious superhero called Space Chief who flies around in a rocket-propelled car. Written by Leo L. Schwab <ewhac@best.com>

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Many of the invasion scenes in Tokyo were edited from World War III Breaks Out (1960). The appearance of a giant billboard of Adolf Hitler has led some viewers to believe that the stock footage is taken from documentary footage of World War II Japan. See more »

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You'll just want to throw up your hands and say "I just don't know"
2 February 2002 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

I had the rare privilege of seeing this movie in three of its incarnations: the first being on MST3k, the second being a dubbed US version on tape, and the third being a very rare uncut laserdisk version of the film in the original Japanese. And after seeing this film in all three of its mediums, I must say that it still sucks no matter how you look at it. Everything in this film is just....wrong. The acting, the directing, the kids in little shorts, and of course let us not forget the stock footage featuring the famous "Hitler Building". But if you thought that the US dubbed version was bad (which is what most people have probably seen), well then you'll probably go blind watching the original uncut Japanese version. At least whichever American company that bought the rights from TOEI to feature this film in America had the good sense to cut out the little sing-a-long Mr. Tabana and his children do at the end of the film, praising the bravery of Iron Sharp (a.k.a. Space Chief, or Chef, or whatever) in bad harmony. Too bad they didnt show that on MST3K.

All in all, the movie does have a good point, that being its so bad, its almost funny. Other than that, if your looking for a more serious Japanese Sci-Fi film, then Prince of Space might be a better choice.


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