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Message from Space (1978)





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This 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.
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Toei Company

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Vic Morrow
as General Garuda
Sue Shiomi
as Esmeralida
Tetsuro Tamba
as Noguchi
Mikio Narita
as Rockseia XII
Makoto Satô
as Urocco
Isamu Shimuzu
as Robot Beba 2
Noboru Mitani
as Kamesasa
Noburo Mitani
as Kamesasa
Harumi Sone
as Lazari
Eisei Amamoto
as Mother Dark (in drag)
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Unwitty hokum.

Full Review… | December 2, 2003
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A comically indecipherable Japanese space adventure with terrible costumes and make-up. A small cadre escape a prison planet in order to search for help in liberating their people. A space princess and some space hot-rodders do some things and some space military-types chase people. I really don't know! People have stated this is a Star Wars rip-off, but I see much more in common with Battlestar Galactica, Flash Gordon (the 1930's/40's version), and Buck Rogers.


Death crawls in your wake. There is an evil tyrant that is about to take over a planet. The planet has a wizard of sorts that sends eight magic seeds that are destined to find eight heroes to fight the tyrant and save the planet. The heroes are searched for and found by space pirates of sorts who also hope to stop the tyrant. "There's something wonderful about a storm." Kinji Fukasaku, director of The Shogun's Samurai, House of Fire, Battle Royale I and II, The Geisha House, Fall Guy, and A Chaos of Flowers, delivers Message from Space. The storyline for this picture is very interesting and felt like Star Wars mixed with Dune. The acting isn't bad either and the cast includes Sonny Chiba, Vic Morrow, and Philip Casnoff. "We would rather die in honor than be slaves to someone." I came across this on Netflix and thought it sounded like a cool science fiction film and had to add it to the wish list. It was so entertaining and had the perfect feel for the time. This is an underrated cult classic that is worth a view for fans of the science fiction genre. "Joy and peace will reign." Grade: B+/A-

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

There's a bunch of cheap knock-off Star Wars type flicks i somehow never got to see, but always kinda wanted to. This is one. The effects are actually pretty admirable, even when they remind one of the opening sequence to Mystery Science Theater. These sequences represent a lost art. It's the story that's absolute shit. Was disappointed to see Shotaro Ishimori's name on the end credits. Back around 1980, the animated version of Cyborg 009 cemented my interest in Japanese animation (back then, you could catch Japanese programming during some hours on the Spanish UHF channels).

George Isaacs
George Isaacs

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