Message from Space ★★★½

Genre stalwart Kinji Fukusaku directed the astonishing BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR AND HUMANITY series, and BATTLE ROYALE. This nutty STAR WARS knock-off is a colorful, loopy frickin' kick, with Vic Morrow in a floppy pimp hat and cape, Sonny Chiba as sort of an Obi-Wan Kenobi in spiky armor, and bad guys so un-subtle they make the heavies on MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS look like introspective mumblecore wallflowers.