ESPY (1974)

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Credits for ESPY

Japanese ESPY poster
Alternate titles
Flagicon United States.png E.S.P./SPY (Video 1975)
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Directed by Jun Fukuda
Producer(s) Tomoyuki Tanaka, Fumio Tanaka
Written by Ei Ogawa; Sakyo Komatsu (story)
Music by Masaaki Hirao, Kensuke Kyo
Distributor TohoJP, UPAUS
Rating Not Rated
Running time 94 minutesJP
(1 hour, 34 minutes)
86 minutesUS (VHS)
(1 hour, 26 minutes)
Aspect ratio 2.35:1
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ESPY (エスパイ,   Esupai) is a 1974 Japanese tokusatsu science-fiction film produced by Toho Eizo, based on a story of the same name by Sakyo Komatsu that was serialized in Weekly Manga Sunday in 1964. It was released to Japanese theaters by Toho on December 28, 1974, and to American theaters the following year.

Plot[edit | edit source]

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Staff[edit | edit source]

Main article: ESPY/Credits.

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

  • Directed by   Jun Fukuda
  • Associate director   Kenjiro Omori
  • Written by   Ei Ogawa
  • Based on a story by   Sakyo Komatsu
  • Produced by   Tomoyuki Tanaka, Fumio Tanaka
  • Music by   Masaaki Hirao, Kensuke Kyo
  • Theme songs "All We Need is Love" and "To an Unknown Country" performed by   Kiyohiko Ozaki
    • Lyrics by   Yoko Yamaguchi
    • Composed by   Masaaki Hirao
    • Arranged by   Kensuke Kyo
  • Cinematography by   Shoji Ueda, Kazutami Hara
  • Edited by   Michiko Ikeda
  • Production design by   Shinobu Muraki
  • 1st assistant director   Tsunesaburo Nishikawa
  • Director of special effects   Teruyoshi Nakano
  • 1st assistant director of special effects   Yoshio Tabuchi

Cast[edit | edit source]

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

  • Hiroshi Fujioka   as   Yoshio Tamura
  • Kaoru Yumi   as   Maria Harada
  • Masao Kusakari   as   Jiro Miki
  • Eiji Okada   as   Salabad
  • Goro Mutsumi   as   Teraoka
  • Luna Takamura   as   Julietta
  • Hatsuo Yamaya   as   Ball
  • Jimmy Shaw   as   Godonov
  • Andrew Hughes   as   P. B.
  • Steve Green   as   Prime Minister of Baltonia
  • Willy Dorcey   as   Abdullah
  • Ralph Jesser   as   Anti-ESPY A
  • Franz Gruber   as   Anti-ESPY C
  • Koichi Ito   as   Government official
  • Yoshio Katsube   as   Reporter
  • Toshio Hosoi   as   Security guard
  • Hiroya Morita   as   Security guard
  • Yuzo Kayama   as   Lawyer
  • Tomisaburo Wakayama   as   Ulrov
  • Roger Wood   as   United Nations Mediation Committee member A
  • Anest Harness   as   United Nations Mediation Committee member B
  • Germal Liner   as   Anti-ESPY B
  • Bart Johanson   as   Anti-ESPY D
  • Shigeo Kato   as   Security guard
  • Kazuo Imai   as   Cameraman
  • Jiro Mitsuaki   as   Man at International Conference Center
  • Robert Dunham   as   Airline captain

English dub[edit | edit source]

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

  • Barry Haigh   as   Yoshio Tamura / Salabad
  • Michael Ross   as   Jiro Miki / Godonov
  • Matthew Oram   as   Hojo / Ulrov

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Monsters[edit | edit source]

  • Caesar
  • Anti-ESPIES

Weapons, vehicles, and races[edit | edit source]

  • Soviet Nuclear Submarine
  • Fuji-Bell 204B-2
  • Baltonian Prime Minister's plane

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: ESPY/Gallery.

Soundtrack[edit | edit source]

Main article: ESPY (Soundtrack).

Alternate titles[edit | edit source]

  • E.S.P./SPY (U.S. home video title)
  • The War of the Occult Powers (La Guerra de los Poderes Ocultos; Spain)
  • Espy - Extrasensory Action (Espy - Ação Extra-Sensorial; Brazil)
  • Espy - The Power of the Mind (Espy - O Poder da Mente; Brazilian video title)
  • Espy - Extrasensory Threat (Espy - Minaccia Extrasensoriale; Italy)

Videos[edit | edit source]

Trailers[edit | edit source]

Japanese ESPY trailer

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

Credits from the American video release
English visuals used in the international export and American video versions

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The film's title is a contraction of "ESPer spy" (エスパー・スパイ,   esupā supai), ESPer being the Japanese term for psychics.


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