March 2, 2011
Warning From Space (1956)
Synopsis: Aliens take the form of humans and descend to earth to warn the people that a rogue planet flying through space will soon impact the Earth.
I've noticed a difference in Japanese movies from this era and their American equivalents. In American film the aliens are usually out to take over the world and humans must fight overwhelming odds to save the planet. This seemed to be exstenstion of the fear brought on by the cold war and the threat posed by the Soviet Union.
In Japan the aliens tend to be good guys here to help, or if there is an evil alien, then there is a good one as well. It is never the aliens, however, that save the day in the end. It is usually good old Japanese know how that saves the planet from impending doom. I'm guessing it's a difference in culture.
Warning From Space gets a 4 out of 5 on the Cheese-O-Meter.
Until next time, see you on the front line.