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Attack from Space (1965)

Benevolent aliens from the planet Emerald send superhero Starman to protect Earth from invasion by an evil alien race called the Spherions. When Starman arrives on Earth, he discovers a ... See full summary »

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Ichirô Miyagawa (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Utsui Ken Utsui ... Starman
Sachihiro Ohsawa Sachihiro Ohsawa
Junko Ikeuchi Junko Ikeuchi
Minako Yamada Minako Yamada
Shôji Nakayama Shôji Nakayama ... (as Shoji Nakayama)
Hiroshi Hayashi Hiroshi Hayashi ... Dr. Yamanaka (as Kan Hayashi)
Minoru Takada Minoru Takada
Utako Mitsuya Utako Mitsuya ... Kaoru Yamanaka
Chisako Hara Chisako Hara ... (as Chisako Tahara)
Reiko Seto Reiko Seto
Akira Tamura Akira Tamura
Tomohiko Ôtani Tomohiko Ôtani ... (as Tomohiko Ohtani)
Fumiko Miyata Fumiko Miyata
Jôji Ôhara Jôji Ôhara ... (as Johji Ohhara)
Kami Ashita Kami Ashita
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Benevolent aliens from the planet Emerald send superhero Starman to protect Earth from invasion by an evil alien race called the Spherions. When Starman arrives on Earth, he discovers a conspiracy involving Earth's top scientists, and he must root out the traitors and also stop the impending alien invasion. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Attack from Space See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Attack from Space features a Death Star and a planet-destroying weapon, a little like a more well-known science fiction film that was released 12 years later. See more »

Goofs

Poorly choreographed fight scenes near the end in which Starman throws feeble punches, many of which barely touch anyone. Also, there are several scenes in which people are throwing themselves to the ground or from high places. See more »

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Ouch - So bad, it's great campy fun!
7 June 2004 | by jbar19See all my reviews

This is another movie I wish MST3K had a chance to screen.

This movie is the combination of 2 Japanese movie serials from the Super Giant series of the late 1950s.

When I first saw this movie when I was a child, it scared the hell out of me, as it contains the usual 'violence against children' seen in movies like 'Invasion of the Neptune Men' and to a lesser extent, 'Prince of Space'. Even today, the scene where the Nazi-like soldiers kidnap the children is a little too edgy for anyone under 12 years old.

But the allure of this movie is the innocent and almost naive story line. Even though the movie has many ridiculous ideas, the actors remain deadly serious throughout.

The film opens with a bunch of ridiculous looking aliens with costumes that are right out of a 3rd grade theatre production. The aliens send 'Star Man' to protect the Earth from a invasion from the 'Spherions'.

Star Man is a slightly paunchy, overacting, average-looking, middle aged Japanese man. He flails his arms around, beating up Japanese extras in highly exaggerated and very poorly choreographed fight scenes. The fight scenes alone are worth the price of admission. Many times, actors aren't even close to being hit when they do flips and pretend to be knocked out.

Also, watch for the scene where Star Man disables flying saucers by bending what can only be described as a metal rack from a refrigerator.

As with most early Japanese Sci Flicks, there are numerous technical errors like people being able to breathe and fly through space.

But I recommend this movie to any B Movie fan. It's very campy and the shoddy production values are more than made up for by the movies goofy charm.

One of the reasons the TV show 'Batman' was so successful was because the actors took their roles so seriously. This is also what makes this movie work. All of the actors take their silly roles very seriously, as if they are acting in 'Hamlet. This only makes 'Attack from Space' even more enjoyable.


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