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Cast overview:
Tatsuya Azuma Tatsuya Azuma ... Ken
Miyuki Tanigawa Miyuki Tanigawa ... Tammy
Jô Shishido ... Captain Joe (as Joe Shishido)
Chôei Takahashi Chôei Takahashi ... Rocky
Tsutomu Yukawa Tsutomu Yukawa ... Dan
Hiro Tateyama Hiro Tateyama
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An alien is pursued as a traitor by his own race because he refuses to kill humans.

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Marauding Wolf Raiders in Space Chase to the Death.

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This movie and its sequel, Star Force: Fugitive Alien II (1987), was critiqued my "Mystery Science Theatre 3000" (1988). It's known for the song parody, "He Tried To Kill Me With a Forklift." See more »

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When the ship crashes on the planet, the camera is not on the ship, yet they are looking at their ship from a distance, on the monitor. See more »

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Ken: What did I do to deserve this?
Captain Joe: We don't deserve half the things we get.
[laughs maniacally, then abruptly stops]
Captain Joe: You're stuck here!
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Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Fugitive Alien (1989) See more »

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One for small children and small children alone
20 July 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

FUGITIVE ALIEN is a film apparently edited together from episodes of an obscure 1978 Japanese television series hastily made on the cheap in the post-STAR WARS rush for sci-fi flicks. It goes without saying that the result doesn't make much sense, and it doesn't even have a conclusion - the antics would continue in STAR FORCE: FUGITIVE ALIEN II, which thankfully I haven't seen as yet. Not that I'll be rushing out to buy a copy, because FUGITIVE ALIEN is a pretty abysmal film. Abysmally dull, that is. Although there are space battles, lasers, and people killing each other with would-be light sabers, FUGITIVE ALIEN is one big bore.

For a start, it looks cheap. The interior of the ship is cheap, the planets are cheap, and the special effects are horrendously tacky and inferior. Sure, cheap effects can be a lot of fun, but not here. They just look cheap, poor and unremarkable, with little or no imagination being used on them. People are shot with lasers, flash blue for a couple of seconds and then drop down dead. An effect already clichéd by 1978, when the TV series was made. Watch out for the model spaceship which actually turns transparent for a moment when flying through space. There aren't even as many explosions as you would expect from a Japanese movie.

Another problem is the film's running time - at 103 minutes, it's overlong, and drags incessantly. It invariably feels episodic in nature, with three or four sub-plots (one for each episode) to make things that little bit more confusing. At points the film threatens to becoming an amusing sci-fi variant of the hit TV series THE FUGITIVE, but it always lapses back into mediocre sci-fi action the next minute.

Scenes are ripped off directly from STAR WARS (another bad scene, another guy coming up and saying "I don't like you") and gadgets are stolen from Bond and other assorted spy movies. Sure, a few things are weird - background turning blue, people shining white in dream sequences, the space raiders wearing blonde wigs for some reason under their helmets - but it's never enough. And with cardboard cut-outs for the characters, it's hard to keep watching. I would only recommend this to be watched by small children who are really easily pleased by what they see on television.


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