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Message from Space [1] is a film by Kinji Fukasaku, who would eventually do the film version of Battle Royale. It was released in 1978 as Japan's answer to Star Wars. Among the film's stars were Sonny Chiba and Vic Morrow.

The peaceful people of the planet Jillucia are under the iron fisted rule of the Gavanas, whose emperor, Rokseia, is himself ruled by his mother (an old crone played by comedian Hideyo Amamoto in drag). Kido, leader of the Jillucians, sends out eight Liabe Holy Seeds (which look like glowing walnuts) to deep space, he then sends out his granddaughter Emeralida and her bodyguard Urocco to find those that the seeds have chosen to defend the Jillucians and defeat the Gavanas.

Among the ones that the Liabe Seeds have chosen are:

  • Shiro and Aaron, two maverick rocket jockeys,
  • Meia, a bored heiress,
  • General Garuda (Morrow), a disgraced soldier,
  • Beba-2, Garuda's loyal robot and Expy of R2D2,
  • Prince Hans (Chiba), the Exiled former leader of the Gavanas.

This film contains examples of:


  1. Original Japanese Title: Uchu Kara No Messeji
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