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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.

Director:

Ishirô Honda
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryô Ikebe ... Maj. Ichiro Katsumiya
Kyôko Anzai Kyôko Anzai ... Etsuko Shiraishi
Minoru Takada Minoru Takada ... The Commander
Koreya Senda Koreya Senda ... Professor Adachi
Len Stanford Len Stanford ... Dr. Roger Richardson
Harold Conway Harold Conway ... Dr. Immerman (as Harorudo Konwei)
Elise Richter Elise Richter ... Sylvia (as Erisu Rikutâ)
Hisaya Itô Hisaya Itô ... Kogure
Yoshio Tsuchiya Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Iwomura
Nadao Kirino Nadao Kirino ... Gravity Man
Kôzô Nomura Kôzô Nomura ... Rocket Commander
Fuyuki Murakami Fuyuki Murakami ... Inspector Iriake
Ikio Sawamura Ikio Sawamura ... Lantern Man
Takuzô Kumagai Takuzô Kumagai ... Alien (as Jirô Kumagai)
Katsumi Tezuka ... 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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SEE! Space saboteurs juggle earth's bridges...ships...trains...life toys! See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English | Italian

Release Date:

8 July 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Battle in Outer Space See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original cut)

Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film was the first Japanese science fiction film which had the original Japanese cast and crew listed on the posters and other advertising material in the United States. 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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A Rarity from The Steven Spielberg of Japan
8 June 2011 | by flapdoodle64See all my reviews

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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