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Message from Space (1978)

Uchu kara no messeji (original title)
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In this Star Wars take-off, the peaceful planet of Jillucia has been nearly wiped out by the Gavanas, whose leader takes orders from his mother (played by a comic actor in drag) rather than... See full summary »

Director:

Kinji Fukasaku

Writers:

Kinji Fukasaku (story), Shôtarô Ishinomori (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vic Morrow ... General Garuda
Shin'ichi Chiba ... Prince Hans (as Sonny Chiba)
Philip Casnoff ... Aaron Solar
Peggy Lee Brennan Peggy Lee Brennan ... Meia Long
Etsuko Shihomi ... Emeralida (as Sue Shiomi)
Tetsurô Tanba ... Ernest Noguchi
Mikio Narita Mikio Narita ... Rockseia XII
Makoto Satô Makoto Satô ... Urocco
Seizô Fukumoto ... Guerilla
Hiroyuki Sanada ... Shiro Hongo
Jerry Itô Jerry Itô ... Commander
Isamu Shimizu Isamu Shimizu ... Robot Beba
Masazumi Okabe Masazumi Okabe ... Jack
Noboru Mitani Noboru Mitani ... Kamesasa
Hideyo Amamoto ... Dark
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In this Star Wars take-off, the peaceful planet of Jillucia has been nearly wiped out by the Gavanas, whose leader takes orders from his mother (played by a comic actor in drag) rather than the Emperor. King Kaiba sends out eight Liabe holy seeds, each to be received by a chosen one to defend the Gavanas. Each recipient, ranging from hardened General Garuda to Gavana Prince Hans to young Terrans Meia, Kido, and Aaron all have different reactions to being chosen. Written by Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

30 October 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Return to Jelucia See more »

Filming Locations:

Kyoto, Japan

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Budget:

JPY 6,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Super Space Sound

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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This was the last feature film for Jerry Ito. See more »

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Jack: A nut inside a tomato! What's going on here?
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Followed by Message from Space: Galactic Battle (1979) See more »

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Message From Space is kooky space fun!
12 December 2001 | by davelokSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie when I was 8 and it just gets better every year. Sure, it's a Star Wars ripoff, but so what? Message From Space has better swordfights and Vic Morrow in a funny hat. Plus Sonny Chiba kills a lot of silver-skinned aliens, Peggy Lee Brennan demonstrates that in the future, people will still have Long Island accents. There aren't two minutes of this film that aren't filled with laser gunfights, spaceships, monsters, explosions, giant holograms, or major satellite destruction, and the original script is by Shotaro Ishinomori, who is Japan's #2 all-time manga genius. In short, this movie rocks. Somebody get off your butt and give me my DVD release!!!


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