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Warning From Space (1956)

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  • Actors: Toyomi Karita, Keizo Kawasaki
  • Directors: Koji Shina
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Synergy Ent
  • DVD Release Date: December 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011ACR86
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734,059 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 2, 2004
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This is a little known Japanese oddity from 1956 originally released in Japan as 'Uchujin Tokyo Ni Awawaru' ('Unknown Satellite Over Tokyo'.) I had never heard of this one, but Amazon recommended it to me, doubtlessly due to my previous B-Movie purchases. I am really glad I bought this obscure little film.
The plot concerns a close call with a runaway planet on a collision course with the Earth, and the space travelers that look like giant starfish with one big blue eye that help save humanity from the peril. This film is serious, and most of it is well made considering the special effects capabilities available fifty years ago. There are a few places where the plot falters (for example why bother to evacuate Tokyo when the pending collision will destroy the whole Earth?), but overall it is an interesting mid-fifties sci-fi classic, with additional and unexpected bonuses, such as a musical stage show interlude, which seems out of place, but adds to the fun.
For enthusiasts of old B-Movies this is a relatively unknown treasure at a very affordable price. The alien costumes and dialogue alone are worth the price of admission!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Martin Andrade on April 30, 2005
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This beauty had my name written all over it. First we had the terrible costumes of space aliens that were shaped like starfish. Starfish that had a giant flourescent eye smack dab in the middle of their bodies, and they had no arms or usable appendages, so they were psychic. Second, there were the state of the art special effects, like the gold spray painted cardboard that made up the space aliens' fleet. Third, there was the completely unbelievable plot. Let's see, a planet from another galaxy that is sort of like a star in the sense that it is really hot, is coming straight at Tokyo. An alien race (those starfish cyclops things) is trying to warn the world, but everyone just freaks out whenever they see these guys (Doesn't anyone own an aquirium?) so that the starfish people have to morph into really almost semi-attractive Japanese girls to get old nutty scientists to notice them. On top of all that, the film was dubbed into english.

The best part about this film is that it was a serious effort. The acting is that of deep drama and intensity. The special effects are used a tremendous amount (strangely enough, the effects even get better as the movie goes on). The viewer even begins to share concern with the characters as their acting careers end tragically.

But alas, this movie is terrible. During one scene (the "Panic Scene") people are seen fleeing Tokyo for no reason whatsoever. There are images of people jumping off moving trains, the police chief of Tokyo decides to have the city evacuated. It's an illogical order as the Earth is being threatened by A PLANET, moving away from Tokyo is not going to help much. In fact, after the one eyed aliens make contact with the Japenese scientists, the viewer spends the rest of the film completely confused.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 10, 2005
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Actors in cloth, star-shaped costumes stand around on their spaceship a lot, communicating with each other telepathically. They eventually begin standing around in Tokyo, trying to warn everyone that a runaway planet is heading toward earth. One star-shaped entity assumes the form of a female nightclub tap-dancer (!) in order to contact the scientific community. From there it gets hazy, as my eyes glazed over. This movie is a true test of endurance! See if you can make it to the end without entering dreamland...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 14, 2006
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Here we are in Tokyo when mysterious spaceships appear. The beings on the space ship appear on Earth, causing general panic. The aliens look like people-sized felt stars with an eye about where earthlings have stomachs. I kept wondering how the star-shaped beings manipulated objects, since they have no hands. Anyway, the star-shaped space beings (which kind of challenges you to say ten times real fast) are trying to warn earthlings that a planet is going to crash into earth and destroy the earth before much longer. Of course, who would believe a bunch of aliens who look like refugees from a Starbrite movie?

The aliens are quick thinkers and they decided to change one of themselves into a hot (well, I suppose she was hot in the Japan of 1956, which is coincidentally the year I was born) babe singer. The aliens then try to get support to help blow up the planet.

Naturally, politicians take over so that the planet can get really close to Earth, so tension will build and then the aid will be authorized too late, so that things will get really hot and then someone will take action, but, it will be too late, but, of course, the hero will reveal the magical solution that will save the world, but, only after Tokyo gets destroyed, again. That is pretty much the whole movie, in a sentence.

This movie was actually okay, but too many story lines muddled the movie. We had children, scientists, aliens, mobsters, the military, politicians, and then there were everyday citizens. I started to feel like I was in one of those television shows where there were a million stories, and they vainly tried to cram them all into one relatively short movie. The movie also managed to cram in some nature shots too.
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