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Battle in Outer Space (1959)

Uchû daisensô (original title)
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)
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Alien
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Storyline

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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8 July 1960 (USA)  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The exterior of the "Science Center" was actually Japan's National Sports Center that was built for the upcoming Tokyo Olympiad. The structure was new and had a slightly futuristic look. See more »

Goofs

The funniest bits are the gravity antics. When the first scout ship turns off the thrusters and the crew all unfastens their safety belts, one of them flies up to the ceiling. He is so surprised, clearly no-one told this astronaut that there was no gravity in the spacecraft. They help him down and the chief tells him that there is no gravity in the ship. Then they all begin walking around completely normally. See more »

Connections

Referenced in 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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