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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:

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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The TV show "Sankuokai" was very popular in Perú, in 1981. The main theme was released in a LP vinyl with the best of the pop/rock music of that year. There was also a card album. See more »

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Good Fun-If viewed with the proper frame of mind
8 December 2000 | by pghmoeSee all my reviews

This was one the first of the many Star Wars knockoffs and it does borrow certain key elements (the bad guys operate from a mobile planet which blows up real good at the climax, the spoiled rich girl rides around in a ship that is basically a rectangular version of The Millineum Falcon). Okay, so the effects and art direction are a throwback to the sixties, but it does have some original ideas-the heroes are a motly bunch; all seeking redemption for their wasted lives-, Kinji Fukusaku keeps it belting along at good pace, and once Sonny Chiba starts beating up on the bad guys in the final, there is just no stopping him!


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