Message from Space

Message from Space

Director: Kinji Fukasaku

Cast: Kinji Fukasaku, Vic Morrow, Sonny Chiba, Philip Casnoff

     
 

Message from Space, a bargain-rack Japanese Star Wars clone, stars Vic Morrow as the token American. Responding to a plea for help from a faraway planet, A young, idealistic four-person crew hurtles to the rescue. Along for the ride are two funny robots. As could expected from the Toei Studios, Message from Space is a clearing house of good, bad,See more details below

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Message from Space, a bargain-rack Japanese Star Wars clone, stars Vic Morrow as the token American. Responding to a plea for help from a faraway planet, A young, idealistic four-person crew hurtles to the rescue. Along for the ride are two funny robots. As could expected from the Toei Studios, Message from Space is a clearing house of good, bad, and "aw come on!" special effects. Vic Morrow followed this film triumph with the equally unforgettable The Evictors (79) and Humanoids from the Deep (80).

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Besieged by the evil ruler Rocksaia (Mikio Narita) and his samurai-like army of Gavanas, the peaceful inhabitants of the planet Jilucia send eight magical Liabe nuts into space in the hope that they will bring back warriors to help them defeat the invaders. What the Jilucians get instead are pilots Philip Casnoff and Hiroyuki "Henry" Sanada, martial arts hero Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba as a turncoat relation of Rocksaia, and a past-his-prime general (Vic Morrow). The group manages to take a stand against the Gavanas, who have also focused their world-domination plans on Earth as well. Unfairly slagged as a cheap rip-off of Star Wars -- and with its rickety special effects and suspiciously familiar characters, it would certainly seem like one -- this science fiction/adventure film from Japan's Toei Studios makes up for its shortcomings with a devil-may-care energy reminiscent of '40s-era serials. Non-discerning genre fans and children especially will enjoy its frenetic action scenes and loopy plot (which, despite its similarity to The Seven Samurai, is actually derived from a 19th-century Japanese novel). Director Kinji Fukasaku's eclectic career includes the 1968 sci-fi/monster movie The Green Slime, the cult crime film Black Lizard (1967), and the controversial dystopian drama Battle Royale (2000).

Product Details

Release Date:
04/16/2013
UPC:
0826663139860
Original Release:
1978
Rating:
PG
Source:
Shout Factory
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
32,981

Special Features

Theatrical trailer; Still Gallery

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vic Morrow Gen. Garuda
Sonny Chiba Hans
Philip Casnoff Aaron
Peggy Lee Brennan Meia
Sue Shiomi Esmeralida
Tetsuro Tamba Noguchi
Mikio Narita Rockseia XII
Makoto Sato Urocco
Hiroyuki Sanada Shiro
Isamu Shimuzu Robot Beba 2
Masazumi Okabe Jack
Noboru Mitani Kamesasa
Junkichi Orimoto Kido
Harumi Sone Lazari
Eisei Amamoto Mother Dark (in drag)

Technical Credits
Kinji Fukasaku Director
Hiroo Matsuda Screenwriter
Tan Takaiwa Producer
Banjiro Uemura Producer
Yoshihiro Watanabe Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Message from Space
1. Chapter 1 [8:33]
2. Chapter 2 [11:17]
3. Chapter 3 [9:08]
4. Chapter 4 [11:41]
5. Chapter 5 [13:28]
6. Chapter 6 [12:12]
7. Chapter 7 [2:22]
8. Chapter 8 [6:33]
9. Chapter 9 [14:34]
10. Chapter 10 [13:49]
11. Chapter 11 [1:36]

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