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Sunday Cinema: “Message in Space” (1978) – That Time Vic Morrow and Sonny Chiba Starred in an Awesomely Cheesy Japanese SciFi Flick

Pretend it’s 1977 and you’re an international movie executive who has just seen Star Wars. What do you do? Well, you jump on the SciFi bandwagon, of course!

Message from Space is a 1978 Japanese science fiction film (starring Vic Morrow, Sonny Chiba, Philip Casnoff and Peggy Lee Brennan) about the peaceful planet of Jillucia and its attempts to freee temselves from the conquering warriors of the Gavanas Empire, who have turned the planet into a military fortress. Like you do.

Adding insult to the injury of being released the year after Star Wars, the special effects in Message from Space are laughable even by early 1970 standards. Gloriously so.

So, to sum up: you bring the popcorn, we’ll provide the cheese!

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2 Comments on Sunday Cinema: “Message in Space” (1978) – That Time Vic Morrow and Sonny Chiba Starred in an Awesomely Cheesy Japanese SciFi Flick

  1. That was difficult on my eyes and ears. Is this is a dub in Hungarian? Certainly, isn’t Japanese.

  2. Wharfplank // December 24, 2015 at 3:23 pm //

    I’m watching it right now on COMET. Might have to start drinking…

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