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Film
宇宙大戰爭
Directed by                   Produced by
Ishiro Honda Tomoyuki Tanaka
Written by                       Music by  
Jojiro Okami
Shinichi Sekizawa
Akira Ifukube
Yosaku Suma
Distributed by                       Rating      
Toho Company Ltd.JP
Columbia PicturesUS
Unrated
  Budget                           Box Office
¥???,???,??? ¥123,000,000
Running Time
90 minutes
(1 hour, 30 minutes)
Designs Used
ShodaiNatarujin

Battle in Outer Space (宇宙大戦争,   Uchū Daisensō?, lit. Great Space War) is 1959 tokusatsu film produced by Toho Company Ltd., and a loose sequel to The Mysterians. It was released to Japanese theaters on December 26, 1959 and to American theaters on July 8, 1960.


Plot

In the year 1965, an unknown force begins lifting objects into the sky, causing accidents. All the survivors of the events suffer from extreme frostbite. At a UN meeting, it is theorized that the attacks are of alien origin, and the frostbite is a result of freezing the objects to reduce their gravitational pull. Meanwhile, a delegate exits the building and into a courtyard, and is abducted by a red light.

The delegate reappears, and attempts to sabotage the heat ray experiment at the meeting. He is caught before he can finish, and takes a hostage. He explains that Earth will become a colony of the planet Natarl, and he attempts to escape. A Natarl saucer soon appears and kills him, the only thing left being a radio transmitter. The transmitter allows the UN to pinpoint the alien's location to the moon.

Two rockets, called SPIPs, take off for the moon. They are attacked by remote controlled meteors, but they escape. A pilot of one of the SPIPs is caught trying to sabotage the ship's engines, but he is stopped. A warning is given to the SPIPs to not land on the moon, but it is ignored. The two ships land and find the Natarl base.

The mind controlled pilot breaks free of his ropes and blows up one of the SPIPs. Meanwhile, the Natarl base is discovered. One of the crew members is captured, but he is later freed. The group begins attacking the base, and blow it up. The mind-controlled pilot is freed, and stays behind on the moon for the others to escape. On Earth, the UN prepares for a final battle. They send up Scout Ships and Atomic Heat Cannons to attack. The Earth forces defend as long as they can, but some meteors break through and hit some cities. The Natarl mothership flies down and destroys Tokyo. The Atomic Heat Cannons manage to destroy it, ending the Natarl invasion.

Staff

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

Cast

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Ryo Ikebe   as   Major Chiro Katsumiya
  • Kyoko Anzai   as   Etsuko Shiraishi
  • Koreya Senda   as   Professor Adachi
  • Minoru Takada   as   Commander
  • Leonard Stanford   as   Dr. Roger Richardson
  • Yoshio Tsuchiya   as   Iwomura
  • Harold Conway   as   Dr. Immerman
  • Hisaya Ito   as   Kogure
  • Fuyuki Murakami   as   Inspector Iriake
  • Leonard Walsh   as   Thomas Sheldon
  • Nadao Kirino   as   Gravity Man
  • Malcolm Pearce   as   Dr. Achmed
  • Kozo Nomura   as   Rocket Commander
  • Ikio Sawamura   as   Lantern Man
  • Tadashi Okabe   as   Reporter
  • Yutaka Oka   as   Scientist
  • Yasuhisa Tsutsumi   as   Official
  • Yukihiko Gondo   as   Official
  • Rinsaku Ogata   as   Astronomer
  • Shigeo Kato   as   Astronomer
  • Koichi Sato   as   Astronomer
  • Saburo Kadowaki   as   Astronomer
  • Elise Richter   as   Sylvia
  • George Whitman   as   Roger
  • Roma Carlson   as   Roger's Wife
  • Takuzo Kumagai   as   Natarl
  • Katsumi Tezuka   as   Natarl
  • Mitsuo Tsuda   as   Natarl
  • Kisao Hatamochi   as   Natarl
  • Yasuo Araki   as   Natarl
  • Keisuke Yamada   as   Natarl
  • Koji Kamimura   as   Natarl
  • Shinjiro Hirota   as   Natarl

Appearances

Weapons, Vehicles, and Races

Gallery

Main article: Battle in Outer Space/Gallery.

Soundtrack

Main article: Battle in Outer Space (Soundtrack).

Alternate Titles

  • The Great Space War (Literal Japanese Title)
  • The Interplanetary Battle (La Bataille Interplanétaire; Belgium)
  • Worlds at War (Mundos em Guerra; Brazil)
  • Battle in Space (Batalla en el Espacio; Spain)
  • Alarm 1965! (Hälytys 1965!; Finland)
  • War of Satellites (Guerra de Satélites; Mexico)
  • The Beast from Space (Die Bestie aus dem Weltenraum; West Germany)
  • Duel in the Galaxy (Duell in der Galaxis; West Germany)
  • War in Space (Krieg im Weltenraum; West Germany)

Theatrical Releases

Video Releases

Toho (2004)[1][2]

  • Released: October 29, 2004
  • Region: Region 2
  • Language: Japanese (Mono)
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen
  • Other Details: 2.35:1 aspect ratio, 90 minutes run time, 1 disc

Toho (2014)[3]

  • Released: July 2, 2014
  • Region: Region 2
  • Language: Japanese
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen
  • Other Details: 2.35:1 aspect ratio, 91 minutes run time, 1 disc

Videos

Trailers

Trailer

  • The 1977 Toho film, The War in Space was originally to be titled "Battle in Outer Space II" and was going to be a sequel to this film. This idea was scrapped during the film's production.

References

Films
Godzilla films
Showa era GodzillaGodzilla Raids AgainKing Kong vs. GodzillaMothra vs. GodzillaGhidorah, the Three-Headed MonsterInvasion of Astro-MonsterEbirah, Horror of the DeepSon of GodzillaDestroy All MonstersAll Monsters AttackGodzilla vs. HedorahGodzilla vs. GiganGodzilla vs. MegalonGodzilla vs. MechagodzillaTerror of Mechagodzilla
Heisei era The Return of GodzillaGodzilla vs. BiollanteGodzilla vs. King GhidorahGodzilla vs. MothraGodzilla vs. Mechagodzilla IIGodzilla vs. SpaceGodzillaGodzilla vs. Destoroyah
Millennium series Godzilla 2000: MillenniumGodzilla vs. MegaguirusGodzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out AttackGodzilla Against MechagodzillaGodzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.Godzilla: Final Wars
TriStar Pictures Godzilla (1998 film)
MonsterVerse GodzillaGodzilla: King of the MonstersGodzilla vs. Kong
Toho reboot series Shin GodzillaGodzilla: Planet of the Monsters
King Kong films
Showa era King Kong (1933)Son of KongKing Kong vs. GodzillaKing Kong Escapes
Paramount film King Kong (1976)
Universal film King Kong (2005)
MonsterVerse Kong: Skull IslandGodzilla vs. Kong
Mothra films
Showa era Mothra
Heisei era Rebirth of MothraRebirth of Mothra IIRebirth of Mothra III
Gamera films
Showa era Gamera (1965)Gamera vs. BarugonGamera vs. GyaosGamera vs. VirasGamera vs. GuironGamera vs. JigerGamera vs. ZigraGamera: Super Monster
Heisei era Gamera: Guardian of the UniverseGamera 2: Attack of LegionGamera 3: Revenge of IrisGamera: The Brave
Reboot film Gamera (Upcoming film)
Other films
Showa era Japanese King KongKing Kong Appears in EdoThe Beast From 20,000 FathomsRodanThe MysteriansVaranWarning from SpaceH-ManThe Birth of JapanGorathKujira GamiAtragonMatangoDogoraFrankenstein vs. BaragonWar of the GargantuasDaimajinReturn of DaimajinWrath of DaimajinThe X From Outer SpaceGappaSpace AmoebaDaigoro vs. GoliathSubmersion of JapanProphecies of NostradamusThe Last DinosaurThe War in SpaceBye-Bye JupiterPulgasari
Heisei era Yamato Takeru
American films CloverfieldPacific RimPacific Rim: Uprising10 Cloverfield Lane
Miscellaneous Go! GodmanThe Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 SummitAttack on Titan
Cancelled or scrapped films
Showa era Bride of GodzillaThe Volcano MonstersKing Kong vs. PrometheusFrankenstein vs. The Human VaporGiant Horde Beast NezuraGamera The Giant Monster vs. The Ice Men From Outer SpaceBatman vs. GodzillaOperation Robinson Crusoe: King Kong vs. EbirahGiant Monster GigantGiant Squid Monster ArkitiusGiant Monster MomonraReigon: Devil of the SeabedGodzilla vs. Hedorah sequelJet Jaguar vs. MegalonU.S.-Japan Collaboration: GodzillaAll Monsters Attack DirectiveGodzilla vs. RedmoonGodzilla vs. the Space Monsters: Earth Defense DirectiveThe Return of King GhidorahMechanical Monster GaruganGamera vs. GarasharpThe Legend of King KongDevil-MantaA Space GodzillaGodzilla vs. Asuka Fortress
Heisei era The Return of Godzilla (original draft)Mothra vs. BaganUntitled animated Godzilla filmGodzilla vs. King KongGodzilla vs. Mechani-KongThe Return of King GhidorahGodzilla vs. GigamothGodzilla vs. MechaMothraGodzilla vs. BerserkGodzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (Early draft)Gamera vs. PhoenixGodzilla vs. AstroGodzillaGodzilla vs. Ghost GodzillaGodzilla vs. Barubaroi
Millennium series Godzilla X Varan, Baragon and Anguirus: Giant Monsters All-Out AttackGodzilla vs. Gamera
American films Godzilla: King of the Monsters 3-DGodzilla (1994 film)Godzilla RebornGodzilla 3D to the MAX
TriStar Pictures Godzilla 2
MonsterVerse Godzilla (June 2012 screenplay)

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