Monday Morning Movie - Startman

Atomic Rulers of the World

It is 1964 Japan and the country has a few problems. The first being that everyone talks English and their mouth movements are not in sync with the words they speak and the second is they need to be protected by a guy called Starman who flies around in his underwear.

Yea, I know, we Americans have Superman, but we are talking about Japan.

Apparently. the testing of nuclear weapons on Earth has upset the Emerald Planet. These things, which you have to see to believe, are worried that radiation from Earth might leak across the universe and poison their world. There is also another planet that has sent a nuclear device to Earth in the hope of conquering the planet. I'll be honest, I didn't really understand the logic of all this, nor did I care. It seems that the Emerald people invented a wrist watch that can give then superpowers, and they are letting Starman use it to go to Earth and take care of business.

This is a really bad, bad movie and Starman is a boring superhero. To be far, however, we must look at History of this film.

In 1957, the Shintoho Company, Ltd of Japen produced a series of short films called Sūpā Jaiantsu (translates as "Super Giants"). These, I'm assuming was intended for children. These were purchase by an American company in 1964 who combined, edited and overdubbed them into the Starman films for American TV.

The result is a horrible film, which is now in the public domain called Atomic Rulers of the World and it is just an terrible film. I didn't even find this film enjoyable due to its badness. It is just boring. The villains are all gangsters from the 1940s and the kids in the film due more to solve the problem than Starman.

If for some reason you'd like to see this film, you can for free at the Internet Archive and on YouTube.

Atomic Rulers of the World at Internet Archive

Atomic Rulers of the World at Wikipedia

Super Giant at Wikipedia

Atomic Rulers of the World at IMDB


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