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Director:
Writers:
Shin'ichi Sekizawa (written by)
Jôjirô Okami (story)
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Release Date:
8 July 1960 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 »
User Reviews:
A Rarity from The Steven Spielberg of Japan See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
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 ... Alien
Mitsuo Tsuda ... Alien
Tadashi Okabe ... Newscaster
Osman Yusuf ... Bystander (as Osuman Yusefu)
Malcolm Pearce ... Dr. Achmed (as Marukon Piâsu)
Leonard Walsh ... Thomas Sheldon (as Reonarudo Weruchi)
Geroge Whyman ... Roger
Yasuhisa Tsutsumi ... Official
Dona Carlson ... Roger's Wife
Kisao Hatamochi ... Alien
Kôichi Satô
Yasuo Araki ... Alien
Heinz Bodmer ... Advisor
Rinsaku Ogata ... Astronomer
Yutaka Oka ... Scientist
Shigeo Katô ... Astronomer
Saburô Kadowaki ... Astronomer
Keisuke Yamada ... Alien
Yukihiko Gondô ... Official
Kôji Kamimura ... Alien
Shinjirô Hirota ... Alien
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Wyman

Directed by
Ishirô Honda 
 
Writing credits
Shin'ichi Sekizawa (written by)

Jôjirô Okami (story)

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:
90 min | Japan:93 min | 96 min (original cut)
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
For a number of years the U.S. distributor, Columbia Pictures, had been unable to furnish 35mm release prints for theatrical showings. This was apparently due to all of the Eastman Color release prints fading to red. This film was not released on home video in the United States until 2009.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 »
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A Rarity from The Steven Spielberg of Japan, 8 June 2011
Author: flapdoodle64 from Portland, OR, United States

Ishiro Honda is the Steven Spielberg of Japan in that he created a huge body of work...big, exciting, fantasy movies of such number, quality and iconic value that he stands head and shoulders above his peers.

This film is among Honda's lesser known works, and is a rarity in that there is absolutely no Kaiju in this film, not even a robot Kaiju such as seen in the better-known 'The Mysterians'. And, in terms of the fantastic cinema of Japan, this is one of the more serious science fiction creations of the period, although containing many inaccuracies that would be glaring to anyone with the slightest familiarity to the work of George Pal.

This film features creative and interesting FX that vastly outshine most of what the US was producing at this time, and might even have the most complex miniature sets and sequences of anything produced by Toho during the classic period. There are large scale space ship dogfight sequences that anticipate Star Wars, which was done 17 years later.

The plot, while not profound, is sufficiently interesting and entertaining and the actors are good enough to make this an enjoyable escapist film. Thematically, this is classic Invasion Literature, with few new wrinkles thrown in...definitely straightforward, Honda doesn't give us anything ambiguous or subversive to chew over.

Any fan of old-school scifi and Kaiju films is liable to enjoy this one very much, it's just an impressive spectacle.

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