Uchu Kara No Messeji
via Japan and the ever resourcful Kinji Fukasaku, we have “Message from Space” also known as “Acorns from Space”, “Galactic Wars”, and other sobriquets.
AUM conference: the First Message from Space. No, it ain’t the sarin folks, and it ain’t about the movie; beyond that, I haven’t a clue.
Quanto the side-kick robot. More from the TV series “San Ku Kai” (which was a spin-off). nice images.
San Ku Kai Is Not Dead! say these Francophones. Then they go back to French. Don’t you just hate a monoglot? several small images from the TV series.
Details on the soundtrack CD. Elsewhere the site has more info on other monster music. Here is the gateway page to the above CD. with more, if you didn’t believe me the first time.
Brief, unfavorable review.
In French, the title is Les Evad?s de l’espace.
BadMovies.org has a great review, nice set of images and .wav files. and the below excerpts:
Things I Learned From This Movie:
-Military robots rate full funeral honors.
-Police spacecraft are equipped with flashing lights and sirens.
-Respirators can be used to survive in a vacuum.
-Being a master swordsman is impressive, but of dubious use when the enemy is armed with laser rifles.
-Suspension of belief can be improved with cross-training.
-Killing an old woman in a wheelchair is harder than it sounds.
-A planet’s destruction will always pause so that a father may bless his daughter.
-Forty people is robust enough of a gene pool to populate a new world. “
STUFF TO WATCH FOR:
14 mins – There is no reason for the space patrol ship to fly that low, except to facilitate crashing.
25 mins – A fishing net… …on a spaceship. Okay, sure.
31 mins – Ouch, right in the face. That is going to leave a mark.
38 mins – Where are we again? Europa? Looking for wolves on Europa?
46 mins – RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST A WINDOW!
64 mins – “I have a nut in my drink.”
70 mins – Should they run into a bat-rat-spider monster, I will surely die of laughter.
77 mins – RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST THE MOON!
97 mins – Lucas so ripped off this scene in “Return of the Jedi.”
They also have some interesting comments by viewers.
I don’t know what they are saying, here, as it’s all in Japanese. See my above comment on monoglots. Some nice images.
Er, this claims to be an alien message from space. Don’t look at me; I just work here.
Neat, brief review, that also points out that footage from MfS was used in a couple of laser-disc based video-games.
Another review and follow-up threads.
Mostly concerned with the influence upon Star Fleet and X-Bomber.
Spanish Language page that has a small poster I haven’t seen elsewhere.
At least one model spaceship from the movie of TV series was made.
Summary of the TV-series-edited-into-a-movie version.
B-Fest 2003 screen MfS instead of Battlefied: Earth. hijinks ensued. small, blurry photos included.
Alternate version of Toei Studio film posters.
The Dr. Who episode, Enlightenmnet, has some origins in MfS, according to the BBC.
Salon.com article on the crazy, mad Spaghetti space wars of 1979.
Another ultra-brief review, in which we learn that Quanto was known as Sidero in France. Oh, those wacky French!
Yet another ultra-brief review with a lesson for us all: don’t loan movies to your so-called “friends.”
Those wacky French are at it again. Some more pictures.
the Egyptian Theatre (Hollywood, CA) presented a retrospective of Mr. Fukusaka’s films a few years ago. This is a nice guide to his films. On a personal aside, I was fortunate to catch two of the films and take in a Q&A. No mean feat as I live in Pennsylvania….
A automated Google-translation of yet-another French Page. You gotta see it to believe it. I presume it makes sense in French. On the other hand, the movie doesn’t make a whole lotta sense in any language, so that may not be true.
In the year seventy of the calendar space, human beeches quitaires the ground to join other galactic systems like XV ?me solar system for example, that Ci is composed of three planets: “Sheita” nearest to the sun then “Analis” and “Belda”.
But XV ?me solar system will be invaded by warlike people, the stressos , which want to extend their domination on the universe. They are under the orders of certain Golem XIII which are with the head of ninjas and of supposedly dedicated monsters body and heart with their Master.
If it’s not obvious, I like this movie very much. For rather unkown reasons.