Saru no Gundan

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Saru no Gundan (SFドラマ 猿の軍団[NB 1], Army of the Apes[NB 2]) is a 1974 Japanese science fiction television series. It is not connected to Pierre Boulle's Planet of the Apes.

Army of the Apes[edit]

The TV series was produced by Tsuburaya Productions, shot on 16mm film in color[1]. It ran for 26 episodes and followed a female scientist and two young children who travel through time to a future ruled by apes. The trio struggle to find a way to get back home to the 20th century. The series was directed by Atsuo Okunaka and Kiya Sumi Fukazawa, and was written by Keiiche Abe, with music by Toshiaki Tsushima.[2]

Cast[edit]

  • Reiko Tokunaga as Kazuko Izumi
  • Hiroko Saito as Yurika
  • Masaaki Kaji as Jirō Sakaki
  • Tetsuya Ushio as Gōdo
  • Baku Hatakeyama as Gebâ
  • Kazue Takita as Pepe
  • Noboru Nakaya as Dr. Takagi[3]

Time of the Apes[edit]

In 1987, television producer Sandy Frank edited together several episodes of the series, including the first and last episodes, into a 94-minute feature version called Time of the Apes[4]. Syndicated to broadcast and cable outlets, this compilation film was also released on home video in mid-1988.

The movie was then featured twice on Mystery Science Theater 3000, originally on KTMA in 1989,[5] and then later as part of season 3 in 1991 on Comedy Central.[6]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ エスエフドラマ さるのぐんだん; esuefu dorama saru no gundan
  2. ^ SF Drama: Army of the Apes

References[edit]

  1. ^ Galbraith, Stuart (1994). Japanese Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. McFarland. p. 380.
  2. ^ Galbraith, Stuart (1994). Japanese Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. McFarland. p. 380.
  3. ^ Galbraith, Stuart (1994). Japanese Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. McFarland. p. 380.
  4. ^ Galbraith, Stuart (1994). Japanese Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. McFarland. p. 308.
  5. ^ "Episode guide: K17- Time of the Apes « Satellite News". mst3kinfo.com. 2011. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
  6. ^ "Daddy-O's Drive-In Dirt - Episode 306". mst3kinfo.com. 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011.

External links[edit]

Saru no Gundan
Mystery Science Theater 3000