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Battle in Outer Space (1959)
"Uchû daisensô" (original title)

 -  Sci-Fi  -  8 July 1960 (USA)
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The nations of the Earth unite in a common cause to fight off an invader from outer space.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryô Ikebe ...
Maj. Ichiro Katsumiya
Kyôko Anzai ...
Etsuko Shiraishi
Minoru Takada ...
The Commander
Koreya Senda ...
Professor Adachi
Len Stanford ...
Dr. Roger Richardson
Harold Conway ...
Dr. Immerman (as Harorudo Konwei)
Elise Richter ...
Sylvia (as Erisu Rikutâ)
Hisaya Itô ...
Kogure
Yoshio Tsuchiya ...
Iwomura
Nadao Kirino ...
Gravity Man
Kôzô Nomura ...
Rocket Commander
Fuyuki Murakami ...
Inspector Iriake
Ikio Sawamura ...
Lantern Man
Takuzô Kumagai ...
Alien (as Jirô Kumagai)
Katsumi Tezuka ...
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Munchkin-like aliens invade Earth full force with their flying saucers and laser weapons, rendering cities helpless. All eyes turn to the most powerful nations on Earth as they unite to concoct a plan to vanquish the aliens and return Earth to the hands of humans, thus, resulting in the most fierce and ultimate battle royale in outer space the galaxy as ever seen. Written by Oliver Chu

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HERE COME THE PLANET SMASHERS! (original U.S. print ad - all caps) See more »

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Trivia

Many sources list the running time of the U.S. version as 74 minutes. This error was originally generated by the U.S. distributor, Columbia Pictures. The 74-minute running time is actually that of its theatrical co-feature, _Twelve to the Moon (1960)_. See more »

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The strings holding the flying machines (rocket ships and flying saucers) aloft are clearly visible in several scenes. See more »

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Followed by The War in Space (1977) See more »

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Magnificent, seminal science fiction
13 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A truly great science fiction epic with plenty of futuristic hardware, alien invaders and cool spaceships. The best! It's finally available as of 2009 on DVD, although if you look hard you can find gray-market versions or bootlegs from Laserdiscs. The color is suitably lurid, the acting is done in earnest, the heroic Earth combatants do their best, the music is stirring -- it's really the PERFECT Japanese science fiction film! Why hasn't it been available before now on DVD?

The whole Earth joins together to fight the "interstellar bandits" as one actor calls the threat. The spirit of the entire production is tremendously uplifting. It's a terrific picture that holds together even with the sometimes goofy Japanese translations. Absolutely the stuff of dreams for any little kid that loves old science fiction movies. A genuine treasure. Buy this one now while it's available!


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