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|Attack From Space|
Actors: Ken Utsui, Sachihiro Ohsawa, Junko Ikeuchi, Minako Yamada, Sh˘ji Nakayama
Directors: Akira Mitsuwa, Koreyoshi Akasaka, Teruo Ishii
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Science Fiction & Fantasy
No Description Available. Genre: Science Fiction Rating: NR Release Date: 23-MAR-2004 Media Type: DVD
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It's Rodan... it's Gammera... no, it's... STARMAN!!!
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 10/29/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"In ALPHA VIDEO's edition of ATTACK FROM SPACE (1964), Starman (Ken Utsui) is the type of superhero that makes your jaw drop not in admiration but total astonishment. Sporting clingy leotards that nicely show off his prominent gut, this puffy-cheeked savior of Earth also wears a swimming cap and triangular-shaped metallic lamé breastplate. Yards of sheer silk attached the length of Starman's underarms flow gracefully when he flies, even in the vacuum of space.
Our hero endures intergalactic travel with nothing to cover his face, which we can accept, but when he carries along an unprotected girl who suffers no ill-effects outside of Earth's atmosphere, then opens a sliding door that leads directly inside a Buck Rogers style rocketship with no air getting sucked out, we start to wonder if Starman's cinematic creators knew or cared anything about basic science. I'll bet the kids who saw these ridiculous scenes 45 years ago were as stupified by them then as I was just yesterday afternoon.
Despite cheap sets, some cheesy cardboard costumes seen at story's beginning and the above incongruities, this film is actually entertaining when Starman fights barehanded against a small army of attacking acrobatic tumblers. Every so often our friend stops, poses like muscleman Charles Atlas sans biceps and chuckles while swarms of bullets bounce harmlessly off him. Watching him twist a licorice pistol out of shape reminds us of George Reeves as the orignal flying leotard guy. The only thing missing here was seeing Starman duck a thrown empty handgun after its bullets have harmlessly richocheted off that muscleless physique.
Suspend disbelief and anything you may have learned in 7th grade physical science class and check out this picture. It's good for several guaranteed laughs.
Also from ALPHA:
ATOMIC RULERS OF THE WORLD is the first of a quartet of Starman features released in 1964."