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Film
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
Unrated
  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.


Plot

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

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

Cast

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

Appearances

Monsters

Weapons, Vehicles, and Races

Gallery

Main article: The War in Space/Gallery.

Soundtrack

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

Videos

Trailers

Trivia

  • 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.

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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