Per Aspera Ad Astra (film)
|Per Aspera Ad Astra|
|Directed by||Richard Viktorov
Nikolai Viktorov (restored version)
|Produced by||Aleksandr Kazachkov
Sandy Frank (English language version producer)
|Written by||Richard Viktorov (screenplay)
Kir Bulychov (novel)
|Music by||Alexey Rybnikov (original score)
Sergei Skripka (conductor)
Sandor Berkesi (restored version)
|Edited by||Lyubov Pushkina (ed.)
Konstantin Zagorsky (production design)
|Distributed by||Gorky Film Studio
Goskino (restored version)
M-Film (restored version)
2001 (restored version)
|Running time||148 min.
123 min. (restored version)
Per Aspera Ad Astra (Russian: Через тернии к звёздам, USA screen name - Through the Thorns to the Stars; Humanoid Woman) is a 1981 Soviet film directed by Richard Viktorov based on a novel by Kir Bulychov.
On December 27, 2001, a new restored version directed by Nikolai Viktorov, the son of the original film's director, was released as the 20th anniversary edition . The film featured revised special effects by the Paradox company, an all-new soundtrack in Dolby Digital and the film length had shrunk by 25 min (to speed up the dynamics of the plot; but also some episodes with Soviet ideological context were cut).
23rd century. A reconnaissance starship discovers a dead alien spaceship of unknown origin in deep space. The crew are found to be humanoid bodies, made by an advanced cloning process. One humanoid woman appears to be alive but has memory loss and is brought back to Earth. Scientist Sergei Lebedev settles her in his own house and names her Niya.
Some time later, Niya finds out that she has supernatural abilities. Prof. Ivanova finds a special neurocenter in her brain which can be used to control the humanoid clones. Niya suddenly remembers her home planet Dessa, where businessmen eager for easy money destroy nature.
A rescue mission with Niya on board is sent to her home planet. When she arrives there, her brain falls under the control of the neurowaves of local monopolist Turanchoks, who is trying to make the Earth expedition fail.
However, Niya is strong enough to resist the control and saves her civilization from an imminent catastrophe.
- Yelena Metyolkina as Niya
- Uldis Lieldidz as Cadet Stepan Lebedev
- Vadim Ledogorovas Sergei Lebedev
- Yelena Fadeyeva as Maria Pavlovna
- Vatslav Dvorzhetsky as Petr Petrovich
- Nadezhda Semyontsova as Professor Nadezhda Ivanova
- Aleksandr Lazarev as Professor Klimov
- Aleksandr Mikhajlov as Dreier
- Boris Shcherbakov as Navigator Kolotin
- Igor Ledogorov as Ambassador Rakan
- Igor Yasulovich as Torki
- Gleb Strizhenov as Glan
- Vladimir Fyodorov as Turanchoks
- Yevgeni Karelskikh
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|United States||International Film Exchange, Celebrity Video Presentations||1982–1987||Per Aspera Ad Astra.|
|Italy||Canale 5, Rai Fiction||1984, 2009||Per Aspera Ad Astra.|
|France||France 2||1995||Grâce à épines étoiles|
|Japan||Toho, Fuji TV, TBS||1994, 2008||星にとげスルー|
|Spain||Telecinco, TVE||1995, 2006||A través de las espinas a las estrellas.|
|South Korea||MBC||2010||별빛으로 가시를 통해|
|Czech Republic||ČT1||2012||Skrze utrpení ke hvězdám|
|Croatia||Hrvatska radiotelevizija||2013||Kroz teškoća do zvijezda|
|United Arab Emirates||Dubai TV||2007||من خلال الأشواك إلى نجوم|
|Sweden||TV4||2004||Stjärnklar prinsessa Niya|
|Thailand||Channel 3 (Thailand)||2012||ผ่านหนามไปดาว|
|India (Tamil)||ETV Tamil||2011||நட்சத்திரங்களை முட்கள் மூலம்|
|India (Hindi)||Disney Channel South Asia||2009||सितारों के लिए कांटों के माध्यम से|
Mystery Science Theater 3000
- "Mystery Science Theater 3000" Humanoid Woman (TV episode 1989) at the Internet Movie Database
- Episode guide: K11- Humanoid Woman