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Fugitive Alien

Star Wolf
Format Science fiction, Space Opera
Created by Tsuburaya Productions
Written by Novels
Edmond Hamilton
Screenplays
Keiichi Abe
Toyohiro Andô
Yoshihisa Araki
Bunzô Wakatsuki
Hiroyasu Yamaura
Directed by Minoru Kanaya, Kiyosumi Kuzakawa
Starring Tatsuya Azuma
Jô Shishido
Miyuki Tanigawa
Composer(s) Norio Maeda
Country of origin Japan
No. of episodes 24
Production
Running time 30 minutes (per episode)
Broadcast
Original channel Yomiuri TV
Original run April 2, 1978 – September 24, 1978

Star Wolf (スターウルフ, Sutâurufu) is a Japanese science fiction TV series inspired by the novel series bearing the same name, by American writer Edmond Hamilton. It was produced in 1978 by Tsuburaya Productions.

Series concept

The show is loosely based on the three books in the Star Wolf series by American Science Fiction novellist Edmond Hamilton: The Weapon from Beyond[1] (published in 1967), The Closed Worlds[2] and World of the Starwolves[3] (both published in 1968). The name of the main character, an Earthman who was raised on the high gravity planet Varna and developed super-human strength and reflexes, was changed from Morgan Chane to Ken Shinsei. Starting with episode 14, the series was retitled Space Hero Star Wolf (宇宙の勇者 スターウルフ Uchû no Yûsha Sutâurufu).

American adaptation

The series was later edited and dubbed in English by producer Sandy Frank into two feature films: Fugitive Alien (1986) and Star Force: Fugitive Alien II (1987), which were both featured twice on the comedy show Mystery Science Theater 3000. Fugitive Alien was first aired in MST3K on its original KTMA season in 1989, and then on Season 3 in 1991. Star Force: Fugitive Alien II was first featured on KTMA in 1988, and then in 1991 on Season 3.

Cast

Source : IMDB[4]

  • Tatsuya Azuma (Ken Shinsei/Starwolf)
  • Joe Shishido (Captain Joe)
  • Miyuki Tanigawa (Hime)
  • Chôei Takahashi (Ryû)
  • Tsutomu Yukawa (Dan)
  • Hiro Tateyama (Biri)

Mystery Science Theater 3000

  • Internet Movie Database
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Episode guide: K12- Fugitive Alien
  • Episode guide: 310- Fugitive Alien
  • Episode guide: 318- Star Force: Fugitive Alien II

Notes and references

External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Japanese World Heritage Encyclopedia page relating to both the Edmond Hamilton series of books and the Japanese TV Series
  • (Japanese) Five-minute preview of the first episode of Star Wolf on Veoh (video)
  • Star Wolf opening sequence on Dailymotion (video)
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