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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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Aaron
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Meia
Etsuko Shihomi ...
Emeralida (as Sue Shiomi)
Tetsurô Tanba ...
Noguchi (as Tetsuro Tamba)
Mikio Narita ...
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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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30 October 1978 (USA)  »

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JPY 6,000,000 (estimated)
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Features a cameo from crooner Chris Isaak who briefly appeared as a card-playing gambler. See more »

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Okay, few people could do justice in reviewing this film
5 September 2000 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

Okay, few people could do justice in reviewing this film. It's a horrible film. It's badly made. The story is full of cliches. The acting is bad, and most of the special effects, barring some neat explosions, are pitiful. But the movie is not something that you should avoid -- rather, the worst features of this blatant Star Wars rip-off are the reasons you should see it! It's HILARIOUS!

This movie is the kind of film that the Mystery Science Theater 3000 crowd would have a field day with. The dialog in the movie is so idiotic at times, and so blatantly ripped off of star wars at others, that plenty of Star Wars jokes will be in order during the viewing of this film.

Imagine Vic Morrow in a thick, fluffy fur coat, getting drunk in a bar with his little Robot sidekick, then raising his glass to discover a glowing walnut in it, and exclaiming "I've been selected by the Gods!" Then there's a electric-samurai-sword fight near the end where the dialog is almost verbatum what it was between Darth Vader and Obi Wan Kenobi in Star Wars. Even if you're not a big fan of MST3K, you gotta at least admire the explosions in this film. All the explosions are well done, including a mock atomic mushroom cloud that's quite spectacular.

Yes, it's a bad film -- but it's such a bad film that it's good!


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