Nutrocker (1985)

Categorization

A mixture of live action (English and German dialogue) and approximately 1/6 scale “puppet” action, based on a line of high-end retro science fiction miniature kits originally called SF3D.

Subject

AD 2884: A lone survivor and his damaged mecha face unmanned hovertanks among Australian ruins bathed in hazardous radiation.

Commentary

A very admirable initiative, and quite ambitious in some respects, particularly in the use of a good native speaker who doesn't always follow the Japanese “translation” (which exclaims “Baby!” and such). Alas, the story is nothing special, and Kow's much adored mechanical design does not shine.

Japanese production mecha movie