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Warning from Space (1956)

Uchûjin Tôkyô ni arawaru (original title)
Unrated | | Sci-Fi | 29 January 1956 (Japan)
UFOs are seen around Tokyo. Because they look like giant starfish the aliens cannot approach us without creating panic. Hence one of them sacrifices itself and takes the form of a popular ... See full summary »

Director:

Kôji Shima

Writers:

Jay Cipes (English dialogue) (as Jay H. Cipes), Gentaro Nakajima (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Keizô Kawasaki Keizô Kawasaki ... Dr. Toru Itsobe
Toyomi Karita Toyomi Karita ... Hikari Aozora / Ginko
Bin Yagisawa Bin Yagisawa ... No. 2 Pairan
Shôzô Nanbu Shôzô Nanbu ... The Elder Dr. Itsobe
Bontarô Miake Bontarô Miake ... Dr. Kamura (as Bontaro Miake)
Mieko Nagai Mieko Nagai ... Taeko Kamura
Kiyoko Hirai Kiyoko Hirai ... Mrs. Matsuda
Isao Yamagata ... Dr. Matsuda
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gai Harada Gai Harada
Yûzô Hayakawa Yûzô Hayakawa ... Policeman
Kanji Kawahara Kanji Kawahara ... Dr. Takashima
Sachiko Meguro Sachiko Meguro ... Mrs. Tokuko Isobe
Toshiyuki Obara Toshiyuki Obara ... News Repoter Hoshino (USA) / Hideno (Japan)
Fumiko Okamura Fumiko Okamura ... Japanese Bar' Ucyû-ken' Madam Ohana
Shikô Saitô Shikô Saitô ... Mystery Man (as Shiko Saito)
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Storyline

UFOs are seen around Tokyo. Because they look like giant starfish the aliens cannot approach us without creating panic. Hence one of them sacrifices itself and takes the form of a popular female singer. It/she warns mankind that a meteor will crash on Earth. While the approaching meteor causes hotter and hotter weather, mankind runs and builds a last-chance anti-meteor weapon. Written by <phs@lsv.ens-cachan.fr>

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Genres:

Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Unrated
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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

29 January 1956 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Warning from Space See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Daiei Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Daieicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first color tokusatsu science fiction film produced in Japan. It beat Toho's science fiction spectacle, Ishirô Honda's The Mysterians (1957) (the first tokusatsu film in widescreen), into theaters by a year. See more »

Alternate Versions

The U.S. English dubbed version titled "Warning From Space" (1956) is quite faithful to the original Japanese version. However, at the final fade-out an additional sequence is added showing Ginko (Toyomi Karita) transforming from the human form back to the Pairan form. They simply took the transformation sequence, showing Ginko transforming into the human form, from earlier in the film and printed it in reverse. See more »

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References Metropolis (1927) See more »

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What's a guy in a silly starfish outfit to do?
19 December 2000 | by boris-26See all my reviews

My family and I always watched this wacked out- one-of-a-kind treat when it came on WPIX SCI-FI THEATRE. There are these aliens, thier costumes are big baggy starfish outfits with a big cardboard eye duct-taped to the center. They waddle around a minimalist spacecraft and twiddle their thumbs. They need to comminicate with earth scientists about a planet on a runaway coarse about to collide with Earth. The film is silly, completely without logic.

What I sincerely love about this gem is the atmosphere. Night skies alive with darting flying saucers are quite beautiful, the sort of postcard-look of the advancing burning planet is rather neat, and the staggering heatwave that hits a seemingly doomed Earth gets rather discomforting. You'll giggle AT the film, but will be in awe WITH the film.


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