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Old 01-04-2013, 01:38 PM   #1
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Kinji Fukasaku's MESSAGE FROM SPACE (1978) from Shout Factory 4/16

Kinji Fukasaku's ridiculous Japanese STAR WARS rip-off MESSAGE FROM SPACE (1978) is coming from Shout! Fun stuff, starring Vic Morrow and Sonny Chiba! Expanded post coming later.

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Old 01-04-2013, 10:49 PM   #2
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Sonny Chiba makes anything worth seeing but if this is anything at all like The War in Space then I'm all in. War in Space is a Japanese delight that's a huge rip off of Star Wars in its own right.
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:44 AM   #3
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I prefer MESSAGE to THE WAR IN SPACE.It's kind of a combo of STAR WARS and THE SEVEN SAMURAI (as was the later Corman produced BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS) and was loosely based on a Japanese myth.The same director did a wide range of pictures,from cheesy fun like THE GREEN SLIME,to classy epics (he directed the Japanese segments of TORA,TORA,TORA) to late cult favorites like BATTLE ROYALE.MESSAGE boasts some pretty snazzy model work,a good score and a plot/settings that give it the feel of an old animae like SPACE CRUISER YAMATO (aka STAR BLAZERS).

A label had offered the film on DVD a couple of years back,is this a different mastering ?
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:06 PM   #4
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Review over at DVD Drive-In:


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Old 05-17-2013, 07:13 PM   #5
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Sonny Chiba and Etsuko Shihomi make any film worth seeing at least once. The sets and costume design in MESSAGE FROM SPACE are a real hoot as well. Its a shame the film is such an incoherent mess. It happened far too often that I had no idea what was going on. Oh well, at least it makes for an awesome trailer.
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