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Release Date:
8 July 1960 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Moon is Captured! The Earth is Next! See more »
Plot:
The nations of the Earth unite in a common cause to fight off an invader from outer space. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A special effects extravaganza for its time. See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Ryô Ikebe ... Maj. Ichiro Katsumiya
Kyôko Anzai ... Etsuko Shiraishi
Koreya Senda ... Professor Adachi
Minoru Takada ... The Commander
Len Stanford ... Dr. Roger Richardson
Harold Conway ... Dr. Immerman
Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Iwomura
Hisaya Itô ... Kogure
Nadao Kirino ... Gravity Man
Fuyuki Murakami ... Inspector Iriake
Malcolm Pearce ... Dr. Achmed
Leonard Walsh ... Thomas Sheldon
Kôzô Nomura ... Rocket Commander
Ikio Sawamura ... Lantern Man
Tadashi Okabe ... Newscaster
Yutaka Oka ... Scientist
Yasuhisa Tsutsumi ... Official
Rinsaku Ogata ... Astronomer
Shigeo Katô ... Astronomer
Saburô Kadowaki ... Astronomer
Yukihiko Gondô ... Official
Geroge Whyman ... Roger
Elise Richter ... Sylvia
Dona Carlson ... Roger's Wife
Osman Yusuf ... Bystander
Heinz Bodmer ... Advisor
Takuzô Kumagai ... Alien (as Jirô Kumagai)
Katsumi Tezuka ... Alien
Mitsuo Tsuda ... Alien
Kisao Hatamochi ... Alien
Yasuo Araki ... Alien
Keisuke Yamada ... Alien
Kôji Kamimura ... Alien
Shinjirô Hirota ... Alien
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kôichi Satô
George Wyman

Directed by
Ishirô Honda 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jôjirô Okami  story
Shin'ichi Sekizawa  writer

Produced by
Tomoyuki Tanaka .... producer
 
Original Music by
Akira Ifukube 
 
Cinematography by
Hajime Koizumi 
 
Film Editing by
Kazuji Taira 
 
Production Design by
Teruaki Abe 
 
Production Management
Yasuaki Sakamoto .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kôji Kajita .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Chôshichirô Mikami .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Sadamasa Arikawa .... special effects cinematographer
Kuichirô Kishida .... special effects lighting
Eiji Tsuburaya .... special effects
Akira Watanabe .... special effects art director
 
Visual Effects by
Hidesaburo Araki .... special effects opticals
Hiroshi Mukoyama .... special effects compositor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rokuro Ishikawa .... lighting technician
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Uchû daisensô" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
Japan:93 min | USA:90 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Her role as Etsuko became the final film role for Kyôko Anzai. She married popular actor Tatsuya Mihashi and retired from the screen.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: The strings holding the flying machines (rocket ships and flying saucers) aloft are clearly visible in several scenes.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Independence Day (1996)See more »

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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A special effects extravaganza for its time., 15 July 1999
Author: kelsci from Margate, Florida

I saw this film in 1960 playing with "The Time Machine" as a double feature. Though not as rich in story line as "The Mysterians" this film really takes off when the two Speep earthships go to the moon to battle a base set up by the planet Matal who also fly "Mysterian" style flying saucers. On the moon the action really starts with marvelous raygun battles between the enemy and earth forces. The earth forces possess a marvelous heat ray cannon as well as smaller but potent raygun rifles. Later in the film, the earth forces battle invading flying saucers and a mother ship with X-15 styled fighter craft equipped with heat ray guns. The finale with the mother ship's ray gun destroying Toyko is done quite well.

For the time this film was made, the special effects are quite good. Considering my nickname is ray-gun 3, this is a ten star IMDb vote scale film in that department. I think the best scene in the film is on the moon where one of the crew stays behind with his ray rifle destroying flying saucers so the earth force can get away in their Speep spaceship. This scene is one of the best piece of special effects I have scene in this type of movie. A thought to remember is the film was made 17 to 18 years before "Star Wars". An outstanding accomplishment by Toho studios.

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