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Warning From Space

Keizo Kawasaki , Toyomi Karita , Koji Shima  |  DVD
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Keizo Kawasaki, Toyomi Karita, Bin Yagasawa, Shozo Nanbu, Bontarô Miyake
  • Directors: Koji Shima
  • Writers: Gentaro Nakajima, Hideo Oguni, Jay Cipes, Edward Palmer
  • Producers: Masaichi Nagata
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: NetFilmMusic.com
  • DVD Release Date: March 12, 2009
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001VH7ARW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,080,260 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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(Description From Wikipedia) Warning from Space or Mysterious Satellite (Spacemen Appear in Tokyo) is a 1956 science fiction tokusatsu film produced by Daiei, and the first Japanese science-fiction film produced in color. The plot of the American English-dubbed version is somewhat similar to Toho's later Gorath, depicting a planet - "Planet 'R'" - on a collision course with Earth. Warning from Space has one-eyed, starfish-shaped aliens from the planet Paira who take on human forms to warn the earth about the impending disaster. In contrast to the usual anti-nuclear message of the Japanese science-fiction film genre, Warning from Space seemingly takes the position that nuclear weapons can be put to good use, as a means to prevent the collision with Planet 'R'.

The Pairan aliens were designed by prominent avant-garde artist, Taro Okamoto. Walt Lee reports that Gentaro Nakajima's novel, on which this film was based, was in turn based on the Japanese folktale Kaguya-hime. However, it is difficult to see much connection between the film and the folktale.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie, disappointing edition. April 5, 2009
Starfish from a world "unknown to man" come to warn Earth of impending doom; unfortunately, when they manifest themselves all the natives runaway screaming in terror, hence the need for adopting a disguise. On Earth's side we see scientists actually behaving as scientists, they gather evidence and don't offer any explanations before they had a chance to even look at the evidence.

On one hand, this is a refreshing change of pace from most films of this ilk, on the other hand, it doesn't really advance the plot. So at least the first half of the film is spent with the scientists grudgingly acknowledging that something unusual is going on, and the aliens making many an aborted attempt to contact them.

Then there's the possible "espionage" subplot going on centered around a formula that one of our scientists has created. A formula so terrible that the mere knowledge of its existance could lead to events that would doom Earth. Of course, there's the problem that Planet R is already en route to demolish the Earth (or at least Tokyo); and what with the failure of Earth's nuclear arsenal to change its course, you can guess where Earth's salvation lies.

All in all, this is a fun film that offers a view of life in urban Tokyo in the 1950's, a view all too often not depicted in most of the Japanese films of this genre.

Now for the bad news: This is a bare-bones edition of the movie, there are absolutely no extra's, not even trailers for other releases from this company, and unlike many recent releases of Japanese monster movies which provided both the japanese and english versions of the film, this one only provided the dubbed english version (minus 1 star).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good morning star shine August 21, 2014
Produce by that famous Mashichi Nagata screen play by Kimio Want-a-be... oops Watanabe. I only saw the English version produced at Titara Sound Studios by Jay H. Cipes and Edward Plamer. The introductory titles have names of unknown actors who play unknown characters.

Turns out we, especially Japan, have been contemplating a new powerful energy source. And given our propensity for distraction are threatening another planet, Pairan. The Pairan's look like stars in their protective suits, but not enough to be accepted in our society. So one take on the appearance of a star of the local follies so she can worm her way into a scientist's house and discourage his efforts.

Meanwhile as we look at stock film footage that does not really match the story, a rogue planet (now keep track this is a third planet) is speeding towards earth causing great heat, massive destruction, and screaming children.

Where are they leading us to? Watch the last five mounts and find out what all the hub-bub is about.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bootleg! June 4, 2010
This is an unauthorized, illegal release of Warning From Space. Avoid and do not buy!
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