Ogon Batto (1966, JAP) B&W-73m. ** D: Hajime Sato. Starring Sonny Chiba, Andrew Hughes, Hirohisa Nakata, Kosaku Okanu. Comic-book-like science-fiction/fantasy movie about a team of scientists, who realize that planet Icarus is on a collision course with the Earth and an extra-terrestrial villain bent on world destruction is behind it all. On their search for a crystal that would make a powerful weapon work, they find the lost continent of Atlantis and on it the tomb of Golden Bat, a superhero that was asleep for 10,000 years and is resurrected by a little girl. Even though his face looks menacingly like a skull, he wants to save mankind. If this isn't enough to turn you on, you get the most maniacal laughs ever in a movie and a villain in a funny giant pig or rabbit costume. Perfect cult movie fodder, though some trashy, cheesy moments spoil the fun (or do they?). Why didn't they shoot this in color? From the director of KYUKETSUKI GOKEMIDORO (GOKE, BODYSNATCHER FROM HELL). English titles: GOLD BAT, and THE GOLDEN BAT.

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