The War in Space

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War in Space
Directed by                   Produced by
Jun Fukuda Tomoyuki Tanaka
Fumio Tanaka
Written by                       Music by  
Shuichi Nagahara
Ryuzo Nakanishi
Toshiaki Tsushima
Distributed by                       Rating      
Toho Company Ltd.JP
Video ActionUS
  Budget                           Box Office
¥500,000,000 ¥889,000,000
Running Time
90 minutesJP
(1 hour, 30 minutes)
85 minutesUS
(1 hour, 25 minutes)
Designs Used
ShodaiKemonohito, ShodaiShirai, ShodaiMeshieUchubito

The War in Space (惑星大戦争,   Wakuseidaisensō?, lit. Great Planet War) is a 1977 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Toho Company Ltd. The film was released to Japanese theaters on December 17, 1977.


The year is 1988, and Earth is recovering from a comet near-miss which released an electromagnetic wave that interfered with some of Earth's technology. Pilot Koji Miyoshi of the J.A.S.D.F. returns home to Japan in response to this incident, only to find that there are much more worse matters to deal with, with the sudden arrival of the Messiah 13 Aliens and their warships.


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

  • Directed by   Jun Fukuda
  • Written by   Shuichi Nagahara and Ryuzo Nakanishi
  • Produced by   Tomoyuki Tanaka and Fumio Tanaka
  • Music by   Toshiaki Tsushima
  • Cinematography by   Yuzuru Aizawa
  • Edited by   Michiko Ikeda
  • Production Design   Kazuo Satsuya
  • Assistant Directing by   Kyohei Imamura
  • Special Effects by   Teruyoshi Nakano, Toshimitsu Oneda, Takeshi Yamamoto, Yasuyuki Inoue and Takesaburo Watanabe
  • Assitant Directer of Special Effects   Koichi Kawakita


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

  • Kensaku Morita   as   Koji Miyoshi
  • Yuko Asano   as   Jun Takigawa
  • Ryo Ikebe   as   Masato Takigawa
  • Katsutoshi Atarashi   as   Tadashi Mikasa
  • Masaya Oki   as   Reisuke Muroi
  • Hiroshi Miyauchi   as   Kazuo Fuyuki
  • Goro Mutsumi   as   Commander Hell
  • Hideji Otaki   as   Doctor Matsuzawa
  • Akihiko Hirata   as   Oshi, Defense Countermeasure Supreme Commander
  • William Ross   as   Dr. Schmidt
  • Isao Hashimoto   as   Research Worker
  • Koichi Yoshida   as   Gohten Controller
  • Junichi Kudo   as   Gohten Pilot
  • Susumu Otani   as   Gohten Pilot
  • Shoji Nakayama   as   Staff Officer
  • David Perin   as   Jimmy



Weapons, Vehicles, and Races


Main article: The War in Space/Gallery.


Main article: The War in Space (Soundtrack).

Alternate Titles

  • Great Planet War (惑星大戦争; Japan)
  • Great Planet War: THE WAR IN SPACE (惑星大戦争 THE WAR IN SPACE; Japan)
  • War in Space (La Guerre De L'Espace; France)
  • Galaxies Year 2000 (Galaxias Año 2000; Spain)
  • Space War (Guerra Spaziale; Italy)
  • UFOs Coming! (UFO'Erne Kommer!; Denmark)
  • The Great War of the Planets (Der große Krieg der Planeten; West Germany)
  • Cosmo 2000: The Planet Without a Name (America)
  • Battle in Outer Space II (America, Japanese Working Title)
  • War of the Planets (America)

Theatrical Releases

  • Japan - December 17, 1977
  • West Germany - January 18, 1978
  • France - March 8, 1978
  • Denmark - March 27, 1978
  • Sweden - June 26, 1978
  • Spain - July 21, 1978
  • Finland - August 7, 1978
  • Portugal - October 10, 1979

Video Releases

Toho (2004)[1]

  • Released: November 26, 2004
  • Region: Region 2
  • Language: Japanese
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen
  • Other Details: 2.35:1 aspect ratio, 90 minutes, 1 disc

Discotek (2006)[2]

  • Released: April 25, 2006
  • Region: Region 1
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Other Details: 2.35:1 aspect ratio, 85 minutes run time, 1 disc, American version




  • The War in Space was originally meant to be titled "Battle in Outer Space II" and was supposed to be a sequel to Battle in Outer Space. But, this idea was scrapped during production.
  • The film uses stock footage from Battle in Outer Space, The Last War, Ebirah, Horror of the Deep, Submersion of Japan, and Prophecies of Nostradamus.


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