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Uchu kara no messeji (1978)

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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 »

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Kinji Fukasaku

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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 ... Hans (as Sonny Chiba)
Philip Casnoff ... Aaron
Peggy Lee Brennan Peggy Lee Brennan ... Meia
Etsuko Shiomi ... Emeralida (as Sue Shiomi)
Tetsurô Tanba ... Noguchi
Mikio Narita Mikio Narita ... Rockseia XII
Makoto Satô Makoto Satô ... Urocco
Seizô Fukumoto ... Guerilla
Hiroyuki Sanada ... Shiro
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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Storyline

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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Where Fantasies are Real & Reality is Fantastic. See more »


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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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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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Meia: They don't call me kamikaze for nothing.
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So Absurd, So Beautiful.
18 May 2001 | by Ivan OrangeSee all my reviews

I usually don't subscribe to the "so bad-it's good" theory of film review, but for this Star Wars rip-off I'm happy to make an exception.

As I remember it, the characters leave the comfort of their space ships to gather stars and put them in little pouches! They weld their space ships together to make a bigger space ship! Old people, dressed like bible-movie rejects, live on the moon and desperately need rescue!

Though I was a wee child when I last saw this movie, it's brave disregard for science was not lost on me. In fact I laughed so hard I almost peed on my pop-corn.

For years I've searched to find this on video. Alas, so far, this master-piece has eluded my grasp like the stars that have refused to go in my little pouch.


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