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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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Attack of the squeaky toys! 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 (Eastmancolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
In the movie, a reference is made to the "Sea of Rains". This is the Mare Imbrium, the second-largest "sea" on the moon, and one of the largest impact craters in the solar system. In the "Man in the Moon" image of Western folklore, Mare Imbrium forms the man's right eye.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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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Attack of the squeaky toys!, 30 October 2003
Author: henri sauvage from nashville, tn

Pint-size aliens from the planet Natal are bent on conquering the Earth in this colorful space opera from the heyday of Toho Studios. Second in a trilogy of space-themed movies directed by the inimitable Ishiro Honda (the other two being "The Mysterians" and "Gorath") this is pure mindless fun.

The special effects may seem dated now, but for the time they were first-rate, much better than your average sci-fi and far superior to any of the monster films Toho cranked out from the mid-60s onward. This was definitely not done on the cheap: The sets are well thought-out, the astronomical backgrounds detailed and quite convincing.

Eiji Tsuburaya's intricate miniature work is amazing as always. The voyage to the Moon, the fight on the lunar surface, and the final showdown (with souped-up X-15s squaring off against alien saucers and a huge mother ship) are elaborately staged and exciting.

Which is why it's easy to forgive the occasional cheesy bits. For instance, when the beautiful SPIP rockets are taking off for the Moon, Honda illustrates the effects of high-G by having one of the crewmen put his hands on either side of his face and *pull* the flesh back. I also suspect they were running out of funds (the film's only 74 minutes long) when it came time to shoot the scene where the alien mother ship tears up downtown Tokyo with a gravity-reversing ray. Although it's a clever effect, apparently achieved by building the models on top of compressed air jets, the sequence feels too short. Plus the miniatures just don't look quite as detailed or realistic, when compared to other Toho films of the era.

My biggest complaint: In the one scene where you actually meet the aliens in the flesh (sort of) they're in spacesuits which make them look like midget Michelin Men and they sound like a bunch of squeaky dog toys. When a crowd of them "menaces" the heroine, there's not a ray gun in the bunch; all they can can do is shuffle, wave their arms and squeak. Not very intimidating, to say the least. (If anything, they're hilariously reminiscent of that roomful of sex-crazed Cub Scouts in Woody Allen's "Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex".)

And of course there's the usual havoc a dubbed Japanese accent can wreak on the English language: That announcer on "Tokyo Terrovision" always cracks me up!

But the good far outweighs the not-so-good in this romp. In a theater, in its original Tohoscope (Toho Studios' equivalent of Cinemascope), it must have been something to see.

(Update: In 2007, an outfit called Monsters in Motion released "Uchu Daisenso" on DVD -- in letterbox, in the original Japanese with English subtitles -- as part of their "Toho Masters" series. With its companion piece "Gorath" available from MiM, and Tokyo Shock's gorgeous edition of "The Mysterians", Honda's entire space trilogy is now obtainable in the original, unedited widescreen versions.)

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