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Warning from Space
Warning from Space
General Information
Directed by

Koji Shima

Produced by

Masaichi Nagata

Written by

Hideo Oguni
Jay Cipes
Edward Palmer

Composed by

Seitaro Omori

Production Information
Distributed by

DaieiJP
AIP-TVUS

Rating

Unrated

Budget

¥???,???,???

Box office

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Running time

85 minutesJP
(1 hour, 25 minutes)
88 minutesUS
(1 hour, 28 minutes)

The Warning from Space (宇宙人東京に現わる,   Uchūjin Tokyo ni arawaru?, lit. Spacemen Appear in Tokyo) is a 1956 tokusatsu kaiju film created by Daiei. It was released to Japanese theaters on January 27, 1956.


Plot

A small ship travels to a rotating space station. Aboard the station, a group of starfish-like beings discuss how to warn humans of an impending disaster, deciding on contacting Japanese scientist Dr. Kumara. Meanwhile, flying saucers are spotted over the skies of Tokyo, baffling scientists. A journalist tries to get a statement from Dr. Kumara about the sightings, but Kumara replies that there is not enough evidence to formulate a hypothesis. At an observatory, Professor Isobe spots an object in his telescope apparently releasing smaller objects.

Isobe discusses his findings with Kumara and a physician, Dr. Matsuda, who believes they should get photographs via a rocket. The photographs they retrieve, however, turn out to be unclear, though they deduce the object has a high energy output. In the meantime, the extraterrestrials have been unsuccessfully attempting to contact humans. They begin appearing in lakes and rivers, frightening local fishermen and sailors. One of the aliens manages to secure a photo of Hikari Aozora, a famous Japanese entertainer. Their plan is for one of the aliens to mutate into the form of Aozora. Back aboard the space station, one of the Pairan leaders, Ginko, volunteers herself. Her starfish form is slowly mutated into a human form.

On Earth, Toru, Isobe's son, discovers the disguised alien floating in the water. After her rescue, she exhibits superhuman characteristics such as jumping ten feet and materializing in different places without walking. Soon, she disrupts Dr. Matsuda's work on a nuclear device, explaining she understands the complex equations he was writing and warning against the effects of a device, leading him to believe she is not human. Shortly afterwards, as the team of scientists discuss her abnormal traits, the camouflaged Ginko appears and reveals her true identity, explaining she is from Paira, a world on the same orbit as Earth but on the opposite side of the Sun. She then continues to reveal her mission, to warn Earth of an imminent collision of a rogue planet, which is dubbed "Planet R" by the media. They appeal to the World Congress about the situation, but are swiftly rejected. Only after they show Planet R and its rapid acceleration in the telescope does the World Congress launch its nuclear weapons, which ineffectively explode on its surface.

In the meantime, a group of spies have abducted Matsuda and are attempting to steal his formula to the nuclear device the disguised Pairan warned him about. Matsuda does not comply and is eventually tied to a chair in a remote building. As the Earth's atmosphere heats up due to the approaching world, Ginko again arrives to learn why Planet R is not yet destroyed. They locate Matsuda through Pairan technology and gather the formula for the device. The scientists then all watch as the nuclear device is shot from the space station and destroys Planet R, cooling the atmosphere and removing the threat. Ginko then changes back to her original form aboard the space station.

Staff

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   Koji Shima
  • Written by   Hideo Oguni, Jay Cipes, and Edward Palmer
  • Produced by   Masaichi Nagata
  • Music by   Seitaro Omori
  • Cinematography by   Kimio Watanabe
  • Edited by   Toyo Suzuki
  • Special Effects by   Kenmei Yuasa

Cast

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Keizô Kawasaki   as   Dr. Toru Itsobe
  • Toyomi Karita   as   Ginko
  • Bin Yagisawa   as   Pairan No. 2
  • Shôzô Nanbu   as   Elderly Dr. Toru Itsobe
  • Bontarô Miake   as   Dr. Kamura
  • Mieko Nagai   as   Taeko Kamura
  • Kiyoko Hirai   as   Mrs. Matsuda
  • Isao Yamagata   as   Dr. Matsuda
  • Gai Harada   as   ???
  • Yûzô Hayakawa   as   Policeman
  • Kanji Kawahara   as   Dr. Takashima
  • Sachiko Meguro   as   Mrs. Tokuko Isobe
  • Toshiyuki Obara   as   News Reporter Hideno
  • Fumiko Okamura   as   Madam Ohana
  • Shiko Saito   as   Mystery Man
  • Koh Sugita   as   News Reporter
  • Tetsuya Watanabe   as   Sankichi

Appearances

Weapons, Vehicles, and Races

Gallery

Main article: Warning from Space/Gallery.

Soundtrack

Main article: Warning from Space (Soundtrack).

Alternate Titles

  • Spacemen Appear in Tokyo (宇宙人東京に現わる; Japan)
  • Assault to the Earth(Asalto a la Tierra; Spain)
  • The Mysterious Sattelite (Le Satellite Mystérieux; France)
  • The Cosmic Man Appears in Tokyo (United States)
  • Unknown Satellite Over Tokyo (United States)

Theatrical Releases

US Release

Warning from Space wasn't released on Theaters in the US, but rather Television in the US. Also, in the US version was edited and adding more scenes into it.

Differences between the JP and US version

  • The Daiei logo is replaced with the American International Pictures Television logo.
  • In the JP version, the starfish-like beings do not speak like a human at all, and Japanese text is in it showing what they are saying, unless they are changed into a human, in the American version, the starfish-like beings speak like a normal human, even without their human form.
    • This edit in this case also removed the Japanese text as well on those scenes.
  • Added a scene in the American version after the opening credits and before the beginning scene, which shows the starfish-like beings talking to each other about what is happening.
  • Added a scene in the American version showing Ginko transforming back to her starfish form between the ending and the ending card.
    • All these edits makes the American version One hour and 28 minutes long, which is 3 minutes longer than the JP version which is One hour and 25 minutes long.

Video Releases

Alpha Video (2003)[1]

  • Released: October 7, 2003
  • Region: Region 1
  • Language: English
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Other Details: 1.33:1 aspect ratio, 87 minutes run time, 1 disc, American version

Miracle Pictures (2005)[2]

  • Released: May 5, 2005
  • Region: Region 0
  • Format: NTSC
  • Other Details: 88 minutes run time

NetFilmMusic.com (2009)[3]

  • Released: March 12, 2009
  • Region: Region 0
  • Format: NTSC
  • Other Details: 88 minutes run time

AFA Entertainment (2010)[4]

  • Released: July 19, 2010
  • Region: Region 0
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Other Details: 88 minutes run time, 1 disc

Kadokawa (2012)[5]

  • Released: October 26, 2012
  • Region: Region 2
  • Language: Japanese
  • Format: Color, Dolby
  • Other Details: 1.33:1 aspect ratio, 87 minutes run time, 1 disc

Videos

Trailers

References

Films
Godzilla films
Showa era GodzillaGodzilla Raids AgainKing Kong vs. GodzillaMothra vs. GodzillaGhidorah, the Three-Headed MonsterInvasion of Astro-MonsterEbirah, Horror of the DeepSon of GodzillaDestroy All MonstersAll Monsters AttackGodzilla vs. HedorahGodzilla vs. GiganGodzilla vs. MegalonGodzilla vs. MechagodzillaTerror of Mechagodzilla
Heisei era The Return of GodzillaGodzilla vs. BiollanteGodzilla vs. King GhidorahGodzilla vs. MothraGodzilla vs. Mechagodzilla IIGodzilla vs. SpaceGodzillaGodzilla vs. Destoroyah
Millennium series Godzilla 2000: MillenniumGodzilla vs. MegaguirusGodzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out AttackGodzilla Against MechagodzillaGodzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.Godzilla: Final Wars
TriStar Pictures Godzilla (1998 film)
MonsterVerse GodzillaGodzilla: King of the MonstersGodzilla vs. Kong
Toho reboot series Shin GodzillaGodzilla: Planet of the MonstersGodzilla
King Kong films
RKO Pictures King Kong (1933)Son of Kong
Showa era King Kong vs. GodzillaKing Kong Escapes
Paramount Pictures King Kong (1976)King Kong Lives
Universal Pictures King Kong (2005)
MonsterVerse Kong: Skull IslandGodzilla vs. Kong
Mothra films
Showa era Mothra
Heisei era Rebirth of MothraRebirth of Mothra IIRebirth of Mothra III
Gamera films
Showa era Gamera (1965)Gamera vs. BarugonGamera vs. GyaosGamera vs. VirasGamera vs. GuironGamera vs. JigerGamera vs. ZigraGamera: Super Monster
Heisei era Gamera: Guardian of the UniverseGamera 2: Attack of LegionGamera 3: Revenge of IrisGamera: The Brave
Reboot film Gamera (Upcoming film)
Other films
Showa era Japanese King KongKing Kong Appears in EdoThe Beast From 20,000 FathomsRodanThe MysteriansVaranWarning from SpaceH-ManThe Birth of JapanGorathKujira GamiAtragonMatangoDogoraFrankenstein vs. BaragonWar of the GargantuasDaimajinReturn of DaimajinWrath of DaimajinThe X From Outer SpaceGappaSpace AmoebaDaigoro vs. GoliathSubmersion of JapanProphecies of NostradamusThe Last DinosaurThe War in SpaceBye-Bye JupiterPulgasari
Heisei era Yamato Takeru
American films CloverfieldPacific RimPacific Rim: Uprising10 Cloverfield Lane
Miscellaneous Go! GodmanThe Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 SummitAttack on Titan
Cancelled or scrapped films
Showa era Bride of GodzillaThe Volcano MonstersKing Kong vs. PrometheusFrankenstein vs. The Human VaporGiant Horde Beast NezuraFrankenstein vs. GodzillaGamera The Giant Monster vs. The Ice Men From Outer SpaceBatman vs. GodzillaOperation Robinson Crusoe: King Kong vs. EbirahGiant Monster GigantGiant Squid Monster ArkitiusGiant Monster MomonraReigon: Devil of the SeabedGodzilla vs. Hedorah sequelJet Jaguar vs. MegalonAll Monsters Attack DirectiveGodzilla vs. RedmoonGodzilla vs. the Space Monsters: Earth Defense DirectiveThe Return of King GhidorahMechanical Monster GaruganGamera vs. GarasharpThe Legend of King KongDevil-MantaU.S.-Japan Collaboration: GodzillaA Space GodzillaGodzilla vs. Asuka Fortress
Heisei era The Return of Godzilla (original draft)Mothra vs. BaganUntitled animated Godzilla filmGodzilla vs. King KongGodzilla vs. Mechani-KongThe Return of King GhidorahGodzilla vs. GigamothGodzilla vs. MechaMothraGodzilla vs. BerserkGodzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (Early draft)Gamera vs. PhoenixGodzilla vs. AstroGodzillaGodzilla vs. Ghost GodzillaGodzilla vs. Barubaroi
Millennium series Godzilla X Varan, Baragon and Anguirus: Giant Monsters All-Out AttackGodzilla vs. Gamera
American films Godzilla: King of the Monsters 3-DGodzilla (1994 film)Godzilla RebornGodzilla 3D to the MAX
TriStar Pictures Godzilla 2
MonsterVerse Godzilla (June 2012 screenplay)

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