Star Wolf (TV series)

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

Star Wolf
Created byTsuburaya Productions
Based onStarwolf
by Edmond Hamilton
Developed byKeiichi Abe (season 1)
Shukei Nagasaka (season 2)
Directed byKiyosumi Fukazawa
StarringTatsuya Azuma
Jô Shishido
Miyuki Tanigawa
ComposerNorio Maeda
Country of originJapan
No. of episodes24
Production
Running time30 minutes (per episode)
Release
Original networkNNS (YTV)
Original releaseApril 2 (1978-04-02) –
September 24, 1978 (1978-09-24)

Series conceptEdit

The show is loosely based on the three books in the Star Wolf series by American science fiction novelist 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 adaptationEdit

The Japanese series was edited into two feature-length films for American television under the titles Fugitive Alien and Star Force: Fugitive Alien II.[4] They were released directly to television by King Features Entertainment, the first film in 1986, running for 102 minutes, and the sequel in 1987, running for 75 minutes.[4] Both films were featured on Season 3 of Mystery Science Theater 3000, Fugitive Alien in episode 10, first shown on August 17, 1991, and Star Force: Fugitive Alien II in episode 18, first shown on November 16, 1991.[5] Of note, both movies had also featured in the early KTMA era of MST3K, appearing out of order in episodes K12 and K03 respectively, before being revamped for the Comedy Channel era.

CastEdit

Source: [4]

StaffEdit

Planning

  • NOBORU & AKIRA TSUBURAYA, JUSHICHI SANO


Supervision

  • HIDEO ITOKAWA

Created by

Published in

  • ACE BOOKS, HAYAKAWA BUNKO


Translation by

  • MASAHIRO NODA

Producers

  • KOZO KATO, MASUNOSUKE OHASHI, AKIRA TSUBURAYA, NORIKO SHISHIKURA


Screenplay

  • KEIICHI ABE, BUNZO WAKATSUKI, HIROYASU YAMAURA, YOSHIHISA ARAKI, HIDEKA NAGASAKA, TOYOHIRO ANDO

Music

VFX Director

  • KAZUO SAGAWA

Directed by

  • KIYOSUMI FUKASAWA, MINORU KANAYA

Also Starring

  • YASUFUMI MORISAWA, KEIKO YAMAMOTO, YUKIHIRO ABO
  • YUKO TAKAISHI, SHINYA KASHIMA, AYA ORIGUCHI
  • MAYO SUZUKI, SABURO KADOWAKI
  • Dai Nagasawa, Makoto Ogami
  • AKIHIKO HIRATA, MOJIJIRO SATO, EIICHI KIKUCHI
  • KENJI TAMIYA, YUKIO TOYONAGA, KOICHI NARA
  • TETSUO KUBOTA, MASAKI YAMANAKA
  • DAIGO KUSANO, KATSUNO UMINO, TETSUO TOMIKAWA
  • HIROSHI OGASAWARA, SHOICHI SAWAMURA, JIICHI KITAMI
  • MIKIO MURAKAMI, HIROKI ARASE
  • KOSHIRO & TADAYOSHI TANAKA, HIROKO SAITO
  • MIEI TACHIBANA, RYOJI NAKAMURA, GEN TAKASUGI
  • SUSUKE IKEDA, YOSHIAKI WAKAO, YUZO OGURA
  • JOE YAMAGUCHI, MITSUE NOMURA, TAKEO OGIWARA
  • GOICHI NAGATANI, ISAMU ISHII, HIROYUKI INOZUKA
  • NOBUYO OYAMA, AKIRA SAKAI
  • TOMOKO ISHIKAWA, XIE YONG, HITOMI UMEMOTO
  • CHIAKI SUMIYOSHI, KIYOMI OTSU, KAORU ICHINOSE
  • TAKAO KOIKE, MITSUHIRO SANO  
  • TAIKO RIN, NORIKO SHIRAISHI, YOICHIRO KITAGAWA
  • TETSURO TSUNO, MASAYOSHI ANAHARA, ASAGIRI KAWAI
  • MICHIO KIDA, YOSHIAKI NAKABAYASHI
  • KATSUSHI KURATOMI, SHINPEI ASANUMA
  • MICHIYO HOZOIN, KOTARO TOMITA, ETSUKO UEKI
  • YUJI YUSHIZAWA, TOYOJI SADA, JOJI ITO

Action Coordinators

  • HIDENOBU OTSUKA, YASUAKI WATANABE, WORLD ACTION

Con 8's Voice

  • KAZUE TAKAHASHI


Narrated by

  • GORO NAYA

StaffEdit

Photography

  • RYUKICHI MORI, GORO UCHIYAMA

Lighting

  • KUNIO KISHIDA

Sound

  • TAKESHI HONDA

SFX

  • YOZO KATAOKA

Continuity

  • NOBUE MIYAZAKI, SUMIKO FUJIWARA, KYOKO HIJIMI, MAYUMI ISHIYAMA

Assistant Directors

  • KIYOHIKO MIYASAKA, TAKASHI KASAKURA

Production Designer

  • OSAMU YAMAGUCHI

Special Effects StaffEdit

VFX Cameramen

  • MITSUO FUSAMAE, JOE AIZAWA, SADAO SATO

Lighting

  • FUMIYOSHI HARA

Continuity

  • YOSHIKO HORI, SANAE KITAYAMA

Assistant Directors

  • HISAO MARU, ISAO YOSHIHARA

Wire Operator

  • KAME OGASAWARA

Art Designers

  • OSAMU YAMAGUCHI, NAOTAKE SATSUMOTO, AKIHIKO IGUCHI, SHINICHI KANZAWA, SUMIO TAKIMOTO

Color Measurement

  • ISAO KOJIMA, KENJI SUZUKI

Assistant Designer

  • SUMIO TAKIMOTO

Makeup

  • BEAUTY EYELIP, AIKO HIGASHISAKA & ISHIZUKA

Costumes

  • TOHO COSTUMES, NAOMI NISHIYAMA

Editing by

  • UME & MIKIO TAKEDA

Production Managers

  • SATORU SAKAMOTO, YU IWATSUBO, MASAHIRO TANIGUCHI

Optical Photography

  • TORU ISHIDA

Visual Effects

  • MINORU NAKANO

In Charge of Production

  • HIROSHI FUJIKURA

VFX Produced by

  • DEN FILM EFFECTS

Recorded at

  • CENTRAL SOUND

Film Processing by

  • TOKYO LABORATORIES

UNIVAC by

Special Thanks

  • MIZUNO, MISAWA HOME, FUJI SPORTS

Practical Effects

  • NUMARI PLANNING

Filming Co-operation

  • YOKOHAMA DREAMLAND

Theme Songs

  • "Youth Departure"
  • "Starwolf The Wanderer"

Lyrics by

  • HARUO HAYASHI

Theme Music by

Performed by

  • YUKI HIDE

A Production of

MST3K Host Segments & Audio Commentary (1991)Edit

Production Crew

  • JIM MALLON, JOEL HODGSON, TRACE BEAULIEU, KEVIN MURPHY, MICHAEL J. NELSON, ALEXANDRA B. CARR, TIMOTHY SCOTT, JANN L. JOHNSON, JEF MAYNARD

Co-Written by

  • FRANK CONNIFF, PAUL CHAPLIN

Contributing Writers

  • BRIDGET JONES, PAUL CHAPLIN, COLEEN HENJUM

Manager of Business Affairs

  • HEIDE LeCLERC

Post Production Facilities

  • IVL POST

Video Provided by

  • FOURNELLE PRODUCTION SERVICES

Audio by

  • FRED STREET, BRIAN WRIGHT

Online Editors

  • TIM PAULSON, KAREN LINDSAY

Lighting by

  • KEN FOURNELLE

Hair and Makeup

  • FAYE BURKHOLDER, CLAYTON JAMES

Special Makeup

  • CRIST BALLAS, GLENN GRIFFIN

Interns

  • THOMAS ALPHONSO, CYN ELLS, TOM HENDERSON, CHRISTOPHER WURST, CINDY HANSEN

Love Theme From MST3K

  • THE BRAINS, CHARLIE ERICKSON

Mastered at

  • BLUE LIGHT MUSIC

Special Thanks to

  • BRYAN BEAULIEU, SKYLINE DISPLAYS, TEACHERS OF AMERICA, BILL W.

This Programme was Taped at

  • BEST BRAINS STUDIOS

Filmed in

  • SHADOWRAMA

Mystery Science Theater 3000Edit

ReferencesEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ The Weapon From Beyond summary on Fantasticfiction.co.uk
  2. ^ The Closed Worlds summary on Fantasticfiction.co.uk
  3. ^ World of the Starwolves summary on Fantasticfiction.co.uk
  4. ^ a b c Galbraith IV 1996, p. 173.
  5. ^ "Season 3 Episode Guide". TV Guide. Retrieved December 11, 2018.

SourcesEdit

  • Galbraith IV, Stuart (1996). The Japanese Filmography: 1900 through 1994. McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-0032-3.

External linksEdit