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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Steve's Church-Less Movie Of The Week: Special Surgery Edition (Part 5) ...

Yoinked from wikipedia and ...

"Invasion of the Neptune Men (宇宙快速船, Uchū Kaisokusen, Space Hypership) is a tokusatsu SF/superhero film produced by Toei Company Ltd. (as 'New Toei') in 1961. The movie starred then 22-year old Sonny Chiba as the intergalactic superhero Iron-Sharp. (When listed in the credits in the Japanese version, 'Iron Sharp' was played by '?', a gimmick often used in many similar Japanese superhero shows at the time)

This is the only appearance of the character Iron-Sharp (who's dressed in silver tights, helmet, cape, carries a ray gun and rides a car-like rocketship), who is called 'Space Chief' in the US version. In either case, this film is similar to many a show in the Toei Superhero genre from the same period, like Planet Prince (Toei's movie version).

I don’t know how to sugar coat this movie. Some may say that Prince of Space was worse. I disagree with that thought. Space Chief was set in a lighter theme and you could seriously have fun with it. Invasion of the Neptune Men, however, was not and set in a darker theme. You couldn’t really find joy in anything other than the scene where the nazi Hitler building blows up.

But the good news is that at least one of the actors was able to go on to do better things. Sonny Chiba (the man who played Space Chief and Dr. Tabano) ended up doing very well in other movies. He became a pivotal figure in the 1970s explosion of martial arts cinema as a lethal 'fists for hire' trouble shooter Terry Tsurugi in the The Street Fighter series (not to be confused with the game). He also has a huge fan in known director Quentin Tarentino, who cast him to play the sword maker in Kill Bill Volume 1. I’m sure he has forgotten the folly of this film on a major level and why wouldn’t he?

The film was later featured on season eight of the movie-mocking show Mystery Science Theater 3000 in 1997, where it was subjected to some unusually brutal jokes. As MST3K's central concept revolves around (pathetically unsuccessful) attempts to torture an average Joe and his robots into insanity with bad movies, Invasion of the Neptune Men is significant by genuine effectiveness. The crew is borderline suicidal by the third host segment, only being saved by a surprise visit from the Phantom Dictator/Chicken Man of Krankor from Prince of Space.

Cinema Insomnia is a nationally syndicated American television series presented by horror host Mr. Lobo. The show began as filler for the 3 AM movie on KXTV ABC News10 in Sacramento. It ran for 22 episodes, 2001-2002 before the show was put on permanent hiatus. The second version of the show was made for local community television Access Sacramento, and ran for one year on Comcast Channel 17 and 18. This version of the show was also distributed to public access stations across the country via the Horror Host Underground. From 2003 to 2008 Cinema Insomnia was nationally syndicated airing on broadcast stations across the country. Cinema Insomnia now aired weekly to independent stations via various outlets PMI, Access Media Group, White Springs TV and AMGTV as well as the now defunct UATV network.

Two episodes of the show, the ones which feature the films A Bucket of Blood and Starcrash, feature the superb acting talents of beloved storyteller, award winning blogger and legal Pope, the Reverend Steve Galindo. And the two episodes that were graced by Steve's presence are widely regarded as the absolute bestest things ever made by man.

Invasion of the Neptune Men was featured in season two of Cinema Insomnia."

... AND NOW, Steve and this blog are both PROUD to once again present today's Church-less Movie of the Week in its entirety absolutely FREE! But first lets go over a few ground rules. Absolutely no talking is allowed in this or any Galindo Theaters locations. Any and all talkers will be fingered mercilessly. No cell phones or African-American berries going off in the theater. And NO TEXTING.

And be sure to dim your headlights (where applicable).

Oh, and remember ...

Enjoy the show, y'all!

Wind clan out.

Watch Cinema Insomnia's INVASION OF THE NEPTUNE MEN for FREE right now!

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