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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 »

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Kinji Fukasaku

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

JPY6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Super Space Sound

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Features a cameo from crooner Chris Isaak who briefly appeared as a card-playing gambler. See more »

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Jack: A nut inside a tomato! What's going on here?
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They need the best of the best in order to win. Send out the walnuts
30 September 2003 | by AriSquadSee all my reviews

Ahhh.. Message From Space. This was, as you probably read in previous comments, a grab at Star Wars from Japan. Sonny Chiba plays the main character of Hans. Chiba has a multitude of films under his belt as well as a very large following. The film is pure eye candy for any child despite its weak overall attempts at working out plot, characters, etc.. I actually like this movie. I enjoyed the fumbling Vic Morrow despite his intoxicated performance. I thought the special effects & props were creative. You see, the problem with any scifi film released in 1978 is that it will be compared to Star Wars. Star Wars set something as far as expectations, and anything else is considered a ripoff & a cheap one at that. The effects are retarded compared to Lucas & Co. But good for a saturday afternoon type movie. As a child this had a massive look to it and it was fast paced. The ships were actual sailing vessels in space, lots of good ideas but even with a date of 1978 there is no real excuse for how corny it ended up. Yes, & the walnuts.. Hard to believe. A not so typical 1978 type space saga with one step below the effects of the Flash Gordon movie. 5/10


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