Mighty Jack

Mighty Jack (マイティジャック, Maiti Jakku) was a tokusatsu science fiction/espionage/action TV series. Created by Japanese effects wizard Eiji Tsuburaya, the show was produced by Tsuburaya Productions and was broadcast on Fuji TV from April 6, 1968 to June 29, 1968, with a total of 13 one-hour episodes. The music for the episodes was done by Isao Tomita and Kunio Miyauchi.

Mighty Jack
Created byTsuburaya Productions
Directed byMinoru Mitsuta[1]
Mimachi Nonagase[1]
Tsuneo Kobayashi[1]
StarringHideaki Nitani
Hiroshi Minami
Jirō Yanaga
Narrated byShinji Nakae
ComposersIsao Tomita
Kunio Miyauchi
Country of originJapan
No. of episodes13
Production
ProducerYasuyoshi Itō[1]
Running time45 minutes (per episode)
Release
Original networkFuji Television
Original releaseApril 6 (1968-04-06)[1] –
June 29, 1968 (1968-06-29)[1]

Reportedly, Eiji Tsuburaya considered this series his masterwork because the focus was on the people, rather than on the vehicles and special effects (the show never had any monsters or aliens, as his more famous shows Ultra Q, Ultraman and Ultra Seven did). This focus on the people was similar to the works of Gerry Anderson, of which Tsuburaya was a big fan. The Mighty Jack mecha/HQ featured in this series also has some similarities to Tsuburaya's previous TV masterpiece, Ultra Seven.[citation needed]

Even for the original series of 13 one hour-long episodes, the ratings were low. The follow-up series, Fight! Mighty Jack, fared better in the ratings, perhaps because of its inclusion of monsters and aliens, rather than purely human evildoers like Q.[citation needed]

The insignia of the titular heroic spy team has also become the current logo for Tsuburaya Productions.

PlotEdit

"Mighty Jack" is the name of both a top-secret international peacekeeping organization's 11 agents, and the technologically advanced flying submarine "Mighty-Gō" they use to fight the plots of the terrorist organization "Q".

CastEdit

Episodes 1~ 13Edit

Episode Title
1 THE MAN WHO HAD DISAPPEARED IN PARIS
2 RECAPTURE: K52
3 THE ROSE IS BURNING
4 O, MOTHERLAND BE FOREVER!!
5 SCALPEL AND LIPSTICK
6 STEAMED ICEBERGS
7 DONT SEE THE MOON!!
8 AWESOME AURORA
9 GUIDE TO HELL
10 BOMBING ORDERS
11 BURNING GOLD
12 TERROR OF THE BIG CITY
13 OPERATION: STRANGE AIRSHIP

StaffEdit

Episodes 1~13
Supervision

Producers

Eiji Tsuburaya

Koji Morita, Kousuke Ito (Fuji TV)

Written by Shinichi Sekizawa, Fuso Aritaka, Bunzo Wakatsuki

Ichiro Ikeda, Eisaburo Shiba, Masahiro Yamada Mitsuo Kotaki, Tetsuo Kinjo, Naohiro Fuji Hiroyasu Yamaura, Torao Tanabe, Yasuro Yokoyama

Music Isao Tomita
Photography

Art

Lighting

Scripter Girls

Assistant Directors

Yoshihiro Mori, Akira Suzuki, Takeshi Nakamachi

Tatsuro Fukada and Yoshio Suzuki

Daiji Yamaguchi, Toshikazu Nagado, Seiji Fukutomi

Hisako Niinuma, Tomoko Mukaiyama, Chieko Sakuma, Fumizo Shiizuka, Yoshiko Uemura

Takehiko Ishii, Shohei Tojo, Seiichi Namba

VFX Unit
Photography

Art Directors

Lighting

Practical Effects

Assistant Directors

Kazuo Sagawa, Sozo Inagaki, Masao Sekiguchi

Toru Narita, Akihiko Iguchi, Tatsuro Fukada

Kazuo Kobayashi, Kuichiro Kishida, Masaru Kondo

Sadashige Numasa, Tetsuro Nakajima

Goro Takahashi, Shizuo Mori, Koichi Ishiguro

Optical Photography

Editors

Production Managers

In Charge of Production

Minoru Nakano

Akio Ogura, Tetsumi Ohara

Kiichiro Saito, Yosuke Mizuno, Hiroshi Uemura

Masahiro Tsukahara

Recorded at

Sound Effects

Film Processing

Special Thanks

Aoi Studio, Kinuta Laboratory, Yoshimasa Matsumoto

Kyoritsu Sound, Sadamasa Nishimoto

Tokyo Processing Office, Kinuta Laboratory

Edwards, Standard

Special Effects Junkichi Oki, Kazuo Sagawa, Sadamasa Arikawa
Directors Kazuho Mitsuda, Samase Nonagase, Kan Yanase, Tsuneo Kobayashi, Masanao Horiuchi
Produced by Tsuburaya Productions, Fuji Television

Fight! Mighty JackEdit

Fight! Mighty Jack
Created byTsuburaya Productions
Developed byKeisuke Fujikawa
Tetsuo Kinjo
Directed byKeinosuke Tsuchiya
StarringHiroshi Minami, Masanari Nihei, Junya Usami
Country of originJapan
No. of episodes26
Production
Running time24 minutes (per episode)
Release
Original networkFuji Television
Original releaseJuly 6 (1968-07-06) –
December 28, 1968 (1968-12-28)

The more comical sequel series, Fight! Mighty Jack (戦え!マイティジャック, Tatakae! Maiti Jakku), aired on the same network from July 6 to December 28, 1968, with a total of 26 half-hour episodes, equaling the original in length.

This series has several humorous references to the early Ultra Series.

  • The opening scene of the series (with a reverse paint-swirling effect forming "MJ" before a burst of red envelops the scene, with a yellow "Fight! Mighty Jack" superimposed) is almost exactly like that of Ultraman.
  • One episode of this series is quite notable, as it features a comical guest appearance by Kohji Moritsugu, who played Dan Moroboshi, the alter-ego of Ultra Seven, poking fun at his popular role. He plays a mechanic, who, in one scene, looked as though he was about to transform into Ultra Seven by pulling the Ultra Eye from his pocket to put it on, but the red object he slowly pulls from his pocket is actually a small wrench, with which he gets right to work on fixing a machine.

StaffEdit

Episodes 14~39
Supervised and Produced by Eiji & Noboru Tsuburaya, Yoshiyuki Shindo (Fuji TV)
Written by Keisuke Fujikawa, Tetsuo Kinjo, Hiroyasu Yamaura, Mitsuo Kotaki, Kisuke Akai, Bunzo Wakatsuki, Moriichi Ichikawa
Music Isao Tomita and Kunio Miyauchi
Photography

Art Director

Lighting

Editor

Scripter Girls

Assistant Directors

Yoshihiro Mori, Kuniichi Shiga, Takeshi Nakamachi

Yoshio Suzuki

Toshikazu Nagado, Kazuo Kobayashi

Akio Ogura

Fumizo Shiizuka, Yoshiko Uemura, Mari Namba, Hisako Niinuma, Yasuyo Hayashi, Yoshiko Sekine, Noriko Suzuki

Seiichi Namba, Shohei Tojo, Goro Takahashi, Takehiko Ishii, Hiroshi Shimura, Takayoshi Sasaki, Koichi Ishiguro

VFX and Post Production
Photography

Masao Sekiguchi, Takeo Masuko, Kiyoshi Suzuki

Art

Tatsuro Fukada, Akihiko Iguchi

Lighting

Kuichiro Kishida, Katsuya Takano

Practical Effects

Tetsuro Nakajima, Sadashige Tsukamoto

Optical Photography

Minoru Nakano

Assistant Directors

Koichi Ishiguro, Goro Takahashi

Editing By

Akio Ogura

Production Managers

Yosuke Mizuno, Kiichiro Saito, Ken Kumagai, Hiroshi Uemura

Production Assistant

Masahiro Tsukahara

Sound Recording

Aoi Studio, Yoshimasa Matsumoto

Sound Effects

Norihiko Izumi, Kyoritsu Acoustics, Chogoro Chiku, Tadamasa Nishimoto

Film Processing

Tokyo Laboratory

Special Thanks

Edwards, Standard, Fuji Xerox, Nagashima Onsen, Gamer Vineyard

Special Technology

Sadamasa Arikawa, Kazuo Sagawa, Junkichi Oki

Directors

Keinosuke Tsuchiya, Kazuho Mitsuda, Shohei Tojo, Hiroshi Fukuhara

Produced by

Tsuburaya Productions, Fuji TV

Mighty Jack in the U.S.Edit

In 1986, American producer Sandy Frank took the first and sixth episodes of Mighty Jack (without any of the episodes that were released in between or afterward) and combined them into a dubbed feature-length film of the same name. The movie gained its widest exposure in the United States when it was shown as a Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode on Comedy Central (originally shown on the UHF station KTMA TV 23 during the show's KTMA season).

External linksEdit

Mystery Science Theater 3000Edit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Jonathan Clements; Motoko Tamamuro (1 November 2003). The Dorama Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese TV Drama Since 1953. Stone Bridge Press. pp. 188–189. ISBN 978-1-880656-81-5.