Message from Space (1978)
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as General Garuda
as Rockseia XII
as Robot Beba 2
as Mother Dark (in drag)
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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-
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).
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