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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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Harold Conway ...
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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Gives "Prince of Space" a run for his money.
9 December 2000 | by (Akron, Ohio.) – See all my reviews

And you thought that the above mentioned hero was the worst Japanese hero ever. Well, actually, he still is, but the guy in this film is a worthy rival. As for the film itself, All I can say is that it was just as wretched as "Prince of Space", but also as hilarious, and not only because of Mike & the 'bots. Now "Prince of Space" was sickenly cheap and MST3K turned it into a riot, as any dedicated MSTie such as myself would tell you. But, these two films have something in common, and it's not pathetic villians, or a loser hero, or annoying kids. These films are FUNNY. Real funny. In fact, in my opinion they are even funnier than a lot of todays comedies. Japanese filmmakers had the courage to put actors into embarrassing costumes, give them bad plots, and know that these films would be released in other countries. That takes courage. And, as bad as these movies are, they are lovable in a certain, delirious way. Or maybe not, I don't know. "Prince of Space" is still my favorite Japanese film to make fun of anyways.


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