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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 by a comic actor in drag) rather than... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
General Garuda
Hans (as Sonny Chiba)
Peggy Lee Brennan ...
Etsuko Shihomi ...
Emeralida (as Sue Shiomi)
Noguchi (as Tetsuro Tamba)
Mikio Narita ...
Rockseia XII
Makoto Satô ...
Jerry Itô ...
Isamu Shimizu ...
Robot Beba
Masazumi Okabe ...
Noboru Mitani ...
Hideyo Amamoto ...


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 by 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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Release Date:

30 October 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Return to Jelucia  »

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JPY 6,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


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 »


Meia: Jack!
Jack: Jack, Jack, get off my back!
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How the HECK did Vic Morrow get in here!?
28 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

So, ah, imagine "Star Wars," only with as much Japanese-brand weirdness as is at all possible, dubbed by chimps and involving not only the wackiest costumes I've ever seen but magic, glowing walnuts. I don't have to tell you this is the best movie ever made. There's a witty robot, a wormy guy in a glittery jacket and very orange shirt, two guys in disco spacesuits, a plucky girl, some people who wear leaf-wreaths and lucky Vic Morrow in a kind of Captain Harlock get-up. The bad guys seem to be the children of Stormtroopers and the Wicked Witch of the West's soldiers. Oh... and there's a scene where the protagonists swim around on ropes catching SPACE FIREFLIES. In all sincerity, "Uchuu Kara no Message" is more fun than a barrel full of magic walnuts. If you're into that, I mean.

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