An embattled planet, which is on the edge of doom, sends an S.O.S. and an intergalactic team comes to its rescue.

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Kinji Fukasaku

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Kinji Fukasaku (story), Shotaro Ishinomori (story) (as Shôtarô Ishinomori) | 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 ... Rockseia XII
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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This movie was followed by the television show "San Ku Kai". San Ku Kai was very popular in France were it was dubbed into French by the same people who dubbed the animated series Capitaine Flam ("Captain Futur"). In fact it was more popular in France than it ever was in Japan. See more »

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Jack: A nut inside a tomato! What's going on here?
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Version of Legend of the Eight Samurai (1983) See more »

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Okay, few people could do justice in reviewing this film
5 September 2000 | by dirishSee all my reviews

Okay, few people could do justice in reviewing this film. It's a horrible film. It's badly made. The story is full of cliches. The acting is bad, and most of the special effects, barring some neat explosions, are pitiful. But the movie is not something that you should avoid -- rather, the worst features of this blatant Star Wars rip-off are the reasons you should see it! It's HILARIOUS!

This movie is the kind of film that the Mystery Science Theater 3000 crowd would have a field day with. The dialog in the movie is so idiotic at times, and so blatantly ripped off of star wars at others, that plenty of Star Wars jokes will be in order during the viewing of this film.

Imagine Vic Morrow in a thick, fluffy fur coat, getting drunk in a bar with his little Robot sidekick, then raising his glass to discover a glowing walnut in it, and exclaiming "I've been selected by the Gods!" Then there's a electric-samurai-sword fight near the end where the dialog is almost verbatum what it was between Darth Vader and Obi Wan Kenobi in Star Wars. Even if you're not a big fan of MST3K, you gotta at least admire the explosions in this film. All the explosions are well done, including a mock atomic mushroom cloud that's quite spectacular.

Yes, it's a bad film -- but it's such a bad film that it's good!


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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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JPY6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Super Space Sound

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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