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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.

Director:

Eijirô Wakabayashi (as E. Wakabayashi)

Writers:

Masaru Igami (story), Shin Morita
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Cast

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 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
Jack Curtis Jack Curtis ... Additional Voices (voice) (unconfirmed)
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
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Storyline

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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Invaders from the Spaceship See more »

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Production Co:

Toei Company, Toei Tokyo See more »
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| (DVD) | (part 1) | (part 2)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

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When Krankor's ship shoots at people, some of the resulting explosions come from different directions; others never happen. See more »

Quotes

Phantom of Krankor: Now, gentlemen, your time has come. Prepare to leave Krankor.
Scientist: What's that?
Phantom of Krankor: Prepare to leave. Each of you will enter a space capsule.
Scientist: What?
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Prince of So-Bad-They're-Good Movies
14 March 2003 | by divaclvSee all my reviews

Thoughts and comments on "Prince of Space":

~This movie tends to put me in mind of the "Sailor Moon" series. Both feature heros in silly costumes fighting villians in even sillier costumes, cheesy dialogue, half-baked schemes for world domination, and some very unconvincing secret identities. The difference is that "Sailor Moon" a) is in easier to take half-hour instalments, b) has better dubbing and c) has the additional attraction of pondering just how the heroine gets her hair to do that pom-pom thing. All we can ponder in "Prince of Space" is the aliens' lack of dance belt technology, the less said of which the better.

~Regarding those aliens, the beak-nosed men of the planet Krankor. A scientist-type fellow tells us they've come to Earth because they want a new rocket fuel he (the scientist) has developed. A reporter points out, rather logically, that the Krankorites (Krankorians? Krankish?) have already developed deep-space travel; why do they need our technology? The scientist helpfully explains that the Krankian fuel industry is well behind our own. How they manage space travel at all with second-rate fuel is anyone's guess.

~Then again, the Krankor mothership makes about four round trips to Earth in the course of the film. Maybe if they conserved gas, they wouldn't need our help.

~Both the Prince of Space (our, he-hem, "hero") and Phantom of Krankor (the leader of the aliens) seem to be wearing one of those vinyl capes you can get at Wal-Mart for five bucks. Both men also seem to be competing for the title of the World's Dumbest Laugh. Krankor's "Penguin from the old Batman series with asthma" imitation probably wins, but PoS's "I'm saying 'ha, ha, ha!' because that's exactly what's written in the script" is a noble effort.

~Speaking of voices, someone in the dubbing studio wasn't paying attention to pronunciation. The main scientist's name is pronounced at various times Makken, Macon, Marken, and Mackie.

~Much has been made of PoS' constant reminders to the Krankies that their weapons won't work against him. What gets me, though, is the point at which the Prince declares, "Your weapons are useless, let's try bare hands now!" Since the Kranks are perfectly happy firing their ineffective weapons, why challenge them to a fistfight? Not that it matters, as their melee skills are just as bad as their range weaponry.

~One of the kidnapped scientists bears a remarkable resemblance to Arthur Sullivan, except in one scene where the spirit gum has clearly worn off on one of his sideburns.

I realize that I have now, of course, put far more thought into "Prince of Space" than anybody in the cast or crew ever did. I know; it worries me too.


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