Fearful Attack of the Flying Saucers (1956)

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Fearful Attack of the Flying Saucers
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The Japanese poster for Fearful Attack of the Flying Saucers
Directed by Shinichi Sekizawa
Written by Shinichi Sekizawa
Music by Satoshi Kusakawa
Distributor ShintohoJP
Rating Not Rated
Running time 79 minutes
(1 hour, 19 minutes)
Aspect ratio 1.37:1

Fearful Attack of the Flying Saucers (空飛ぶ円盤恐怖の襲撃,   Soratobu Enban Kyōfu no Shūgeki) is a 1956 tokusatsu science-fiction film produced by Kokumotsu Films. Shintoho released it to Japanese theaters on November 7, 1956. It was considered a lost film until a 16mm print sold online for ¥2.1 million in 2010.[1] Following the sale, plans were made for a DVD release, but they have yet to manifest.[2]

Plot

Aliens from the M87 Nebula galaxy attack cities worldwide. In order to combat the aliens, Dr. Hoshina, an authority on space science, develops the R1 rocket in secret.

Staff

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

  • Directed by   Shinichi Sekizawa
  • Written by   Shinichi Sekizawa
  • Music by   Satoshi Kusakawa
  • Cinematography by   Takeichiro Kuroda
  • Special effects by   Sadao Uemura

Cast

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

  • Tadao Takashima   as   Masao Hayashi
  • Junko Ebata   as   Kaoru Hoshina
  • Shigeru Amachi   as   Assistant Osugi
  • Junji Masuda   as   Dr. Kuroi
  • Hiroshi Sugi   as   Dr. Hoshina
  • Taiji Tonoyama   as   Dr. Otsuki

Appearances

Weapons, vehicles, and races

  • M87 Nebula UFOs
  • M87 Nebula Aliens
  • Dulles
  • R1 Rocket
  • XQ Proton Destroyer

Gallery

Main article: Fearful Attack of the Flying Saucers/Gallery.

Alternate titles

  • Fearful Invasion of the Flying Saucers (alternate translation, used on SciFi Japan)[3]
  • The Space Cross: Aimed at Earth!! (宇宙の十字架 地球は狙われている!!; preparatory draft title)[4]
  • Flying Saucers Aimed at Earth: Space Edition (空飛ぶ円盤 地球は狙われている 宇宙篇; final draft title)[4]

Theatrical releases

Trivia

  • This film's Japanese title bears resemblance to that of the much better-known 1956 American science fiction film Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, which was released in Japan as Mystery of the Century: Flying Saucers Attack the Earth (世紀の謎 空飛ぶ円盤地球を襲撃す,   Seiki no Nazo Soratobu Enban Chikyū o Shūgekisu).
  • The film is Shinichi Sekizawa's only directing credit. Previously, he was an assistant director to Hiroshi Shimizu on Children of the Great Buddha.[5]

References

This is a list of references for Fearful Attack of the Flying Saucers. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Reme Nekoyama (13 October 2015). Tokusatsu Hiho vol.2. Yosensha. pp. 8–15. ISBN 978-4-8003-0766-8.
  2. Movie Hidden Treasure (December 2011)
  3. Oki Miyano; Keith Aiken (24 May 2007). TV Movie Details Actor Tadao Takashima’s Battle with Depression. SciFi Japan. Archived from the original on 24 February 2008. Retrieved on 31 July 2021.
  4. 4.0 4.1 脚本家『関沢新一の世界』篇. cyberkids1954.com. Archived from the original on 12 September 2016. Retrieved on 31 July 2021.
  5. Japanese Tokusatsu and Fantasy Films Complete Works. Keibunsha. 1 May 1997. p. 69. ISBN 4766927060.

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