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Warning from Space (1956)

Uchûjin Tôkyô ni arawaru (original title)
Unrated | | Sci-Fi | 29 January 1956 (Japan)
UFOs are seen around Tokyo. Because they look like giant starfish the aliens cannot approach us without creating panic. Hence one of them sacrifices itself and takes the form of a popular ... See full summary »

Director:

Kôji Shima

Writers:

Jay Cipes (English dialogue) (as Jay H. Cipes), Gentaro Nakajima (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Keizô Kawasaki Keizô Kawasaki ... Dr. Toru Itsobe
Toyomi Karita Toyomi Karita ... Hikari Aozora / Ginko
Bin Yagisawa Bin Yagisawa ... No. 2 Pairan
Shôzô Nanbu Shôzô Nanbu ... The Elder Dr. Itsobe
Bontarô Miake Bontarô Miake ... Dr. Kamura (as Bontaro Miake)
Mieko Nagai Mieko Nagai ... Taeko Kamura
Kiyoko Hirai Kiyoko Hirai ... Mrs. Matsuda
Isao Yamagata ... Dr. Matsuda
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gai Harada Gai Harada
Yûzô Hayakawa Yûzô Hayakawa ... Policeman
Kanji Kawahara Kanji Kawahara ... Dr. Takashima
Sachiko Meguro Sachiko Meguro ... Mrs. Tokuko Isobe
Toshiyuki Obara Toshiyuki Obara ... News Repoter Hoshino (USA) / Hideno (Japan)
Fumiko Okamura Fumiko Okamura ... Japanese Bar' Ucyû-ken' Madam Ohana
Shikô Saitô Shikô Saitô ... Mystery Man
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Storyline

UFOs are seen around Tokyo. Because they look like giant starfish the aliens cannot approach us without creating panic. Hence one of them sacrifices itself and takes the form of a popular female singer. It/she warns mankind that a meteor will crash on Earth. While the approaching meteor causes hotter and hotter weather, mankind runs and builds a last-chance anti-meteor weapon. Written by <phs@lsv.ens-cachan.fr>

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Genres:

Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Unrated
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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

29 January 1956 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Warning from Space See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Daiei Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (dubbed)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Daieicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At 1:07:48 a sign on a wall in Tokyo, in an underground shelter unlikely to be visited by tourists, reads NO SMOKING in English. See more »

Alternate Versions

The U.S. English dubbed version titled "Warning From Space" (1956) is quite faithful to the original Japanese version. However, at the final fade-out an additional sequence is added showing Ginko (Toyomi Karita) transforming from the human form back to the Pairan form. They simply took the transformation sequence, showing Ginko transforming into the human form, from earlier in the film and printed it in reverse. See more »

Connections

References When Worlds Collide (1951) See more »

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A charming movie about aliens trying to save mankind.
1 August 1999 | by PetPostSee all my reviews

This film, literally titled, "Aliens Appear in Tokyo," was the first COLOR sci-fi film made in Japan. ("RODAN" would be the first giant monster film). The first part of the film is similar to "Day The Earth Stood Still" as the Pairans try to warn a scientist using a new kind of explosive he has developed. One of the assumes human form (copying the image of a famous singer)and tries to communicate with the humans. Later, the same aliens discover that a planet is on a collision course with Earth--and the only thing that can save humanity is to use the very explosive that they warned against! This takes the idea from "When Worlds Collide" as the earth goes through disasters as "Planet R" comes closer and closer. Finally the scientist is rescued from the Yakuza, and the wayward planet is destroyed. The film is a charming look at Japan, coming into its own following the Occupation after World War II.


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