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Invaders from Space (1965)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi | TV Movie 1965
A bunch of pernicious salamander men from the planet Kulimon in the Moffit Galaxy plan on taking over Earth by unleashing a lethal plague on mankind. It's up to valiant superhero Starman ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Utsui Ken Utsui ... Starman
Minako Yamada Minako Yamada ... Yosiko Asayama / Dr.Asayama's Daughter
Junko Ikeuchi Junko Ikeuchi ... (credit only)
Sachihiro Ohsawa Sachihiro Ohsawa ... (credit only)
Shôji Nakayama Shôji Nakayama ... (credit only)
Hiroshi Hayashi Hiroshi Hayashi ... (credit only)
Minoru Takada Minoru Takada ... (credit only)
Utako Mitsuya Utako Mitsuya ... (credit only)
Chisako Hara Chisako Hara ... (credit only)
Reiko Seto Reiko Seto ... (credit only)
Akira Tamura Akira Tamura
Tomohiko Ôtani Tomohiko Ôtani ... Alien Magician
Fumiko Miyata Fumiko Miyata
Jôji Ôhara Jôji Ôhara
Kami Ashita Kami Ashita
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A bunch of pernicious salamander men from the planet Kulimon in the Moffit Galaxy plan on taking over Earth by unleashing a lethal plague on mankind. It's up to valiant superhero Starman from the Emerald Planet to save the human race before it's too late. Written by Woodyanders

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Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1965 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In the original serial, the aliens are described as being the kappa, a creature from Japanese mythology. In the condensed American version, the aliens are instead referred to as "salamander men". See more »

Goofs

The Salamander people use a gun to change the orbital movement of the Earth. However, Earth's self-rotation, not orbiting, weakly changes the gravity. Even then, all the objects would feel the force, not just few small items (that could be lifted on a rope). See more »

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Surreal silliness
27 March 2018 | by jamesrupert2014See all my reviews

This fusion of episodes 3 and 4 of "Space Giant" finds the Japan's man of steel, in his see-through and suggestively padded costume, battling Salamander Men from the Planet Kulimon in the Moffit galaxy (I kid you not). The invaders have the ability to change their appearance (or, sometimes, most of their appearance) and are spreading a deadly contagion by disguising themselves as an avant-garde dance troupe. Weird beyond belief, the film is full of acrobatic 'fight' scenes in which none of the kicks or punches seem to make contact but that include lots of back flips and cart wheels. At one point children are pursued by a Kulimonian disguised as a nurse (a creepy scene) who then seems to turn into a cackling witch. While much more lively than the leaden Atomic Rulers (the first Starman movie), there are some tedious moments (e.g. the flying saucer chase scene) and the special effects are laughable. I don't know how much has been lost in translation, but apparently the 'Salamander Men' were actually 'kappa', a Japanese mythological water sprite (which fits their look but not the Moffit Galaxy backstory). There may be other cultural tropes that I am missing (at times the Salamander Men make-up resembles 'slit-mouth', a motif that occurs in Japanese horror). The film is hard-to-rate, being a definite 10 for fans of weird cinema but probably unwatchable for most everyone else.


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