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"Fast-paced, absurd and fun, Message From Space is a giddily insane interstellar samurai fantasy.” - Space 1970
“Where fantasies are real and reality is FANTASTIC!”
A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away, a totally bonkers Japanese Star Wars rip-off blasted onto movie screens, and the WTF? Message from Space proved beyond a doubt that in space, everyone can hear you laughing at such an overload of glorious intergalactic goofiness! Born from the cosmic fallout of Star Wars’ massive success, and hitting theatres in tandem with such other “homages” to George Lucas’ surprise hit as Battle Beyond the Stars and Starcrash, the bargain-rack outer space Japana-ganza Message from Space showed the world that when it comes to truly outrageous sci-fi nuttiness, it’s a good idea to look to the East. On the verge of annihilation, the leader of the endangered Jillucians sends his beautiful and brave granddaughter, Emeralida, to find the legendary brave warriors who alone can stop the steel-skinned hordes of the Gavanas Empire! This rag-tag group (a drunken general, a deposed prince, a space hot rodder, a hoodlum and broken down robot) must band together before it’s too late – before the evil Gavanas can reach their next target: Earth! As could be expected from Japan’s Toei Studios, Message from Space is a veritable clearing house of good, bad, and "aw, come on!" special effects, not to mention a general level of deep weirdness and colorfully childish action that is catnip for the psychotic 12 year-old bad movie lover in all of us. Message from Space also features a bizarre international cast including Sonny Chiba (Streetfighter) and Vic Morrow as the token confused American (Morrow followed this film triumph with the equally unforgettable Humanoids from the Deep). Directed by cult filmmaker Kinji Fukasaku (Battle Royale), Message from Space is a real trip into the outer limits of absurdia. (Dir. by Kinji Fukasaku, 1978, Japan, dubbed in English, 105 mins., Rated PG) Digital