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Atomic Rulers (1965)

Super criminals are planning to infiltrate Earth with mass nuclear destruction! Only Starman can defend civilization by thwarting evil!

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Ichirô Miyagawa (screenplay) (as Ichiro Miyagawa)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Utsui Ken Utsui ... Super Giant / Starman
Sachihiro Ohsawa Sachihiro Ohsawa
Junko Ikeuchi Junko Ikeuchi ... Toshiko / Sister
Minako Yamada Minako Yamada ... (credit only)
Shôji Nakayama Shôji Nakayama ... Detective Okamoto
Hiroshi Hayashi Hiroshi Hayashi ... Chief of Metropolitan Police (as Kan Hayashi)
Minoru Takada Minoru Takada ... Father
Utako Mitsuya Utako Mitsuya ... (credit only)
Chisako Hara Chisako Hara ... (as Chisako Tahara)
Reiko Seto Reiko Seto ... Reiko - Okamoto's Sister
Akira Tamura Akira Tamura
Tomohiko Ôtani Tomohiko Ôtani ... Vice-Head of Atom AB
Fumiko Miyata Fumiko Miyata
Jôji Ôhara Jôji Ôhara ... Member of Atom AB (as Johji Ohara)
Kami Ashita Kami Ashita
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Super criminals are planning to infiltrate Earth with mass nuclear destruction! Only Starman can defend civilization by thwarting evil!

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Country:

Japan | USA

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English

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1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atomic Rulers of the World See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The 9 Super Giant films were purchased for distribution to U.S. television and edited into 4 films by Walter Manley Enterprises and Medallion Films. The 2 original Japanese films which went into Atomic Rulers of the World (Super Giant and Super Giant Continues) were 49 minutes and 53 minutes in duration. The two films were edited into one 83-minute film. The original films were two parts of a complete story, but a total of 19 minutes was cut during the re-editing, dropping elements from both films. Also, most of the original music was scrapped and replaced by library cues. The result was a product considerably different from the Japanese originals. See more »

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Features Sûpâ jaiantsu - Chikyû metsubô sunzen (1957) See more »

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Eye-popping Japanese spin on Superman
22 July 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

A short, black and white science fiction film dubbed in English, this wacko movie is in fact made up of two episodes of the late '50s Japanese television series SUPERGIANT, the entirety of which has kindly been remastered and given a DVD release by those extraordinary guys working at the wonderful Something Weird Video. For those who don't know, Starman is simply a Japanese variation on Superman, a guy (Ken Utsui) dressed in an unflattering white bodysuit and cape, who wears an antenna on his head to communicate with his pals on the Emerald Planet and uses a special watch to detect radiation! Watching the film play out, one is immediately reminded of the cheap but cheerful American serials of the '30s and '40s and the same atmosphere of excitement and adventure is present in this story.

Although aimed at kids and very dated when viewed with a modern eye, ATOMIC RULERS OF THE WORLD is nonetheless a highly engaging experience for those in the right mood. The film is chock-full of fun special effects work depicting Starman flying through the air on his way to fight crime and lots of camera tricks are used to show him flipping through the air or jumping up a height (simply playing the film backwards is a favourite approach here). The storyline involves a bunch of shifty-looking smart-suited bad guys planning to hold Japan to ransom with a nuclear bomb, and of course Starman comes in to save the day.

Taking the simple form of the early serial, ATOMIC RULERS OF THE WORLD is episodic in nature, contrasting scenes of plot exposition with tons and tons of ass-kicking action. Starman, an invincible warrior impervious to bullets, gets to battle tons of bad guys back at their remote island base and the lengthy, free-for-all anything-goes fight sequences are invariably entertaining. Along with such action, we get some annoyingly cute Japanese children put into the most terrible peril (hurrah!), a sexy nun, cool music, Herculean bar-bending, one of those elaborate death traps where two blades slowly close in on a prisoner's neck, a small nuclear device exploding, plus a brief interlude with the High Council of the Emerald Planet, basically a bunch of wacky robot aliens all shapes and sizes. My only complaint with the film is that otherwise, we don't get to see any aliens, and all the bad guys are disappointing human! Thankfully this would change in the following instalments. Watch this space for more.


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