Rare Movie Time!!! – Our Friend, Power 5 (Wurideul-ui chingu pawo 5) (1989)

From the depths of Korea comes the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles piloting giant robots! Yes, in a live action movie mixed with cartoon robot fights! Our Friend, Power 5 (Wurideul-ui chingu pawo 5 aka 우리들의 친구 파워 5 )Besides directly ripping off TMNT, the robots are ganked from Go-Bots, most particularly the Gobots Guardian Power Suit. This copyright nightmare is probably never going to get a legit release in the US because no company wants to get sued into the ground. I don’t even know if it has much legitimate releases in South Korea, because the only shots of it seem to be from VHS. But you never know when funky DVDs or VCDs will show up. Until then, all we have are internet images, translated websites, and a lot of frustration. Just the thing rare cult movie fans love to hate to love.

KMDB sez:

On a star called ‘Battlestar,’ a class of turtles have evolved to form a civilized society. Shark, villain of the universe, attacks Battlestar. The princess escapes with the secret design plans of the Comentor Robot. On earth, Dr. Yang discovers how to bring garbages of the universe to earth and take care of them. Dr. Yang brings the princess to earth. Hyuk walks into Dr. Yang’s lab. Contaminated by gamma rays, Hyuk grows supernatural powers. Hyuk and the princess combine forces and fight Shark and his men. Dr. Yang and Dr. Gong finish the Comentor Robot to defeat Shark’s troops. The princess and her people return to Battlestar.

Unfortunately the site won’t let me access the stills, so screw KMDB!

Here are some scans of a promo-booklet ganked from here. (Click for HUGE!)
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How about screen shots of the actual film? Got you covered, thanks to some Korean guy! Hooray!
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Some toys were produced, this TMNT fansite has some photos:
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More at GoGreenMachine, which now has a stand alone site at GoGreenMachine.org

Searching in Korean also yielded this site that has more photos of both of the robots used. Thank you, random Korean blogger guy!
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You can rest assure that if TarsTarkas.NET gets a hold of a copy of Our Friend, Power 5, we will review the FRAK out of it!

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