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Message from Space (1978)
"Uchu kara no messeji" (original title)

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In this Star Wars take-off, the peaceful planet of Jillucia has been nearly wiped out by the Gavanas, whose leader takes orders from his mother (played a comic actor in drag) rather than ... See full summary »

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General Garuda
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Hans (as Sonny Chiba)
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Aaron
Peggy Lee Brennan ...
Meia
Etsuko Shihomi ...
Emeralida (as Sue Shiomi)
Tetsurô Tanba ...
Noguchi (as Tetsuro Tamba)
Mikio Narita ...
Rockseia XII
Makoto Satô ...
Urocco
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Guerilla
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Shiro
Jerry Itô ...
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Isamu Shimizu ...
Robot Beba
Masazumi Okabe ...
Jack
Noboru Mitani ...
Kamesasa
Hideyo Amamoto ...
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In this Star Wars take-off, the peaceful planet of Jillucia has been nearly wiped out by the Gavanas, whose leader takes orders from his mother (played a comic actor in drag) rather than the Emperor. King Kaiba sends out eight Liabe holy seeds, each to be received by a chosen one to defend the Gavanas. Each recipient, ranging from hardened General Garuda to Gavana Prince Hans to young Terrans Meia, Kido, and Aaron all have different reactions to being chosen. Written by Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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Where Fantasies are Real & Reality is Fantastic. See more »


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30 October 1978 (USA)  »

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Return to Jelucia  »

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JPY 6,000,000 (estimated)
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This movie was followed by the television show "San Ku Kai". San Ku Kai was very popular in France were it was dubbed into French by the same people who dubbed the animated series Capitaine Flam ("Captain Futur"). In fact it was more popular in France than it ever was in Japan. See more »

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Good Fun-If viewed with the proper frame of mind
8 December 2000 | by (pgh) – See all my reviews



This was one the first of the many Star Wars knockoffs and it does borrow certain key elements (the bad guys operate from a mobile planet which blows up real good at the climax, the spoiled rich girl rides around in a ship that is basically a rectangular version of The Millineum Falcon). Okay, so the effects and art direction are a throwback to the sixties, but it does have some original ideas-the heroes are a motly bunch; all seeking redemption for their wasted lives-, Kinji Fukusaku keeps it belting along at good pace, and once Sonny Chiba starts beating up on the bad guys in the final, there is just no stopping him!


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