Monday, January 24, 2011

The Space Opera

Message from Space (1978) (and detail)
dir. Kinji Fukasaku

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
dir. Irvin Kershner

Message from Space

Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of the Jedi (1983)
dir. Richard Marquand

Message from Space

Return of the Jedi

Kinji Fukasaku's Message from Space was one of untold dozens of cheap Star Wars knockoffs released in the late 1970s. Its plot, characters, and mise-en-scen all borrow heavily from Lucas' film. Interestingly enough, a few of the unique visuals this cash-in offered, in turn, found their way into the Star Wars sequels. It was at once an imitation and an inspiration.

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