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Prince of Space (1959)

Yûsei ôji (original title)
When an alien force tries to invade Earth to steal a powerful new rocket fuel, a mysterious hero intervenes.


Eijirô Wakabayashi (as E. Wakabayashi)


Masaru Igami (story), Shin Morita


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Credited cast:
Tatsuo Umemiya Tatsuo Umemiya ... Yûsei ôji / Waku-san (as Tatsuo Unemiya)
Hiroko Mine Hiroko Mine ... Sachko Shibasaki
Takashi Kanda Takashi Kanda ... Inspector Takeda
Ushio Skashi Ushio Skashi ... Dr. Maki
Ken Hasebe Ken Hasebe ... Newsreporter Tabei
Junji Masuda ... Colonel Watanabe
Jôji Oka Jôji Oka ... Ambassador Maboroshi / Maboroshi taishi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Akira Asami Akira Asami ... Dr. Maki's Son Ichirô , the boy
Rikiya Iwaki Rikiya Iwaki ... Ambassador Maboroshi's Henchman M2 (as Riki Iwaki)
Akira Katayama Akira Katayama ... Doctor Naitô
Yûji Kitamine Yûji Kitamine ... Newsreporter A
Kôji Komori Kôji Komori ... Makoto - Shoeshine Boy
Tokio Kozuka Tokio Kozuka ... Tsunoda
Hiroshi Mihara Hiroshi Mihara ... Ambassador Maboroshi's Henchman M10
Tadashi Minamikawa Tadashi Minamikawa ... Major Munakata


A Group of space men from the planet Krankor who resemble chickens are led by their leader, Phantom to invade Earth. But a strange superhero named Prince of Space (actually a bootblack in disguise) arrives to defeat the spacemen. Although the weapons of the aliens cannot harm the Prince of Space, the Phantom continues to fight, and many plot twists (including capturing a group of elderly scientists) ensue. Watch out for the Giant! Written by Tim Fox <foxagency@accs.net>

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Did You Know?


Like Shintoho's "Super Giant/Starman" series, this Toei production was released to theaters as a sort of mini-serial with two approximately hour-long episodes. In the US this was edited into a single feature film running less than 90 minutes. See more »


When the "guardian" monster's feet are on the video monitor, you can see the wood underneath the set. See more »


Phantom of Krankor: Come closer!
Prince of Space: I'm close enough. Thank you anyway. The stench of your foul breath is more than my stomach can stand!
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Referenced in One Hit Wonderland: Maniac by Michael Sembello (2014) See more »

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22 October 1998 | by paulitoSee all my reviews

Out of the 4 starman movies I have seen Invaders from Space is by far the best one. It's action packed with some very creepy sound effects that are highly original. Although it was filmed in Japan the acrobatics resemble Chinese martial arts. A masterpiece way ahead of its time.

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Release Date:

1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Invaders from the Spaceship See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toei Company, Toei Tokyo See more »
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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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