WARNING FROM SPACE (1956)
Article #758 by Dave Sindelar
Date Viewed: 4-12-2003
Date Posted: 9-9-2003
Directed by Koji Shima
Featuring Keizo Kawasaki, Toyomi Karita, Shozo Nanbu
A starfish-shaped alien from outer space attempts to make contact with a professor.
You have to put a bit of concentration into some of these Japanese science fiction epics, partially because the bad dubbing can actually obscure your comprehension at times, and partly because the plot lines can be all over the board. This one has plot similarities to THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE and WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE, among others, and the plot emphasis can often shift so quickly that a short trip to the refrigerator is enough to throw you off. This one can be split into three different sections, each with a slightly different feel; it is moderately entertaining and at times more effective than you’d think. The worst problems are the aliens; they resemble starfish with eyes in their centers, and are obviously just people in starfish costumes with their legs apart and sticking their arms out (which is why you never see them move). Stills from this movie led me to believe they were giant, but that is not the case. Once again, a subtitled version would help immensely.