Space Ninja: Swords of the Space Ark (1979)
Message from Outer Space
Swords of the Space Ark
Uchu Kara no Messeji: Ginga Taisen

Nomination Year: 1997
SYNOPSIS:  Bad guys are threatening the cosmos. Luckily, our hero (Hayato) is saved (following the death of his family at the hands of the bad guys) by a woman who calls herself Sophia. She has a spaceship that she calls The Space Ark, and it's very good at saving people who are about to die.

With the help of a smuggler and his ape-like sidekick, Hayato must work to defeat the evil galactic guy wearing a large black helmet ... gee, this sounds familiar, doesn't it?

In the end, the "true" leader of the bad guys is revealed as Sophia's twin sister. I suspect this is because Ian McDiarmid was busy.

Deus Ex Machina

They've Got His Back
As the hero is about to be killed, his friends show up and save him. Why?
"I thought you'd be needing our help, so we stayed on the planet."

Smithee Award Winner! Deus Ex Machina

The Space Ark Saves the Day
Hayato's space ship explodes; luckily, he's rescued at the last minute by Sophia and The Space Ark.

Worst Special Effect

Credit Sequence
The movie opens with a titanic space battle. Assuming that the word "titanic" implies "crummy model ships."

Smithee Award Winner! Worst Picture

The Great Comet Lucifer
The great comet Lucifer smashes into the good planet in an orgy of terrible special effects, but luckily, Sophia manages to drop by in her Space Ark and rescue the ENTIRE population of the planet in the nick of time.

The bad guys are understandably furious.

Actors/Directors of Note
Actor Claim to Fame
Hiroyuki Sanada  
Director Claim to Fame
Bunker Jenkins  
Minoru Yamada  

Kevin Hogan

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