SUPU JAIANTSU - JINKO EISEI TO JINRUI NO HAMETSU (1957)
aka Super Giant 5
Directed by Teruo Ishii
Featuring Ken Utsui, Utako Mitsuya, Hiroshi Hayashi
What it is: Super Giant short
Super Giant does battle with Space Nazis who have an artificial satellite orbiting the Earth.
This is the fifth of the nine-part Super Giant series from Japan that was edited into the four "Starman" movies; this one marked the first half of ATTACK FROM SPACE
. That was one of the more coherent of the Starman movies, and it appears that may be due to the fact that the sixth short was a direct sequel; in fact, this one ends on a cliffhanger. My copy didn't have English subtitles, but that's all right; if I want to know what's going on, I can consult ATTACK FROM SPACE, but I don't think I really need to know any more than that it's Super Giant versus Space Nazis. I have to admit this one is a bit disappointing taken on its own; there's only one fight scene, and it's not one of the better ones, though I do notice how the sound effects work overtime to make it sound like there's actually a fight going on instead of people doing gymnastic routines. This one just has too much time of Super Giant flying around in outer space, a visual image that gets old pretty fast. If I remember ATTACK FROM SPACE, I'm willing to bet the sixth episode in this series will be an improvement.