I watched the Japanese 1968 flick Goke, Body Snatcher From Hell last night.
As you can see, this one’s a wee bit strange. With equal parts aliens and vampires, it gives you about as much as a decidedly PG-rated film can.
One of the four genre efforts (Genocide, The X From Outer Space and The Living Skeleton being the others) from Japanese studio Shochiku, a label better known for straight-up dramas, I can see the visual style of the film’s opening sequence influencing both Mike Hodges’ Flash Gordon (1980) and Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill (2003).
All four aforementioned titles are currently available through Criterion in a four-disc set entitled When Horror Came To Shochiku.