Battle in Outer Space (1959)

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Battle in Outer Space
The Japanese poster for Battle in Outer Space
Alternate titles
Flagicon Japan.png Great Space War (1959)
See alternate titles
Directed by Ishiro Honda
Producer(s) Tomoyuki Tanaka
Written by Jojiro Okami,
Shinichi Sekizawa
Music by Akira Ifukube,
Yosaku Suma
Distributor TohoJP
Columbia PicturesUS
Rating Unrated
Box office ¥123,000,000
Running time 90 minutes
(1 hour, 30 minutes)
Aspect ratio 2.35:1
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Will the Earth be reduced to space dust? A giant battle unfolds on the other side of the moon! (地球は宇宙の塵と化すか?月の裏側に展開する一大決戦!)

— Japanese tagline

Space wages war on Earth!

— American tagline

Battle in Outer Space (宇宙大戦争,   Uchū Daisensō, lit. Great Space War) is 1959 tokusatsu film produced by Toho, and a loose sequel to The Mysterians. It was released to Japanese theaters on December 26, 1959 and to American theaters on July 8, 1960.


In the year 1965, the space station JSS-3 is attacked and destroyed by a trio of flying saucers. Around the world, an unknown force begins lifting objects into the sky, causing accidents. All the survivors of the events suffer from extreme frostbite. At a UN meeting, it is theorized that the attacks are of alien origin, and the frostbite is a result of them freezing the objects to reduce their gravitational pull. Meanwhile, a delegate exits the building and into a courtyard, and is abducted by a red light.

The delegate reappears, and attempts to sabotage the heat ray experiment at the meeting. He is caught before he can finish, and takes a hostage. He explains that Earth will become a colony of the planet Natarl before attempting to escape. A Natarl saucer soon appears and disintegrates him, leaving behind a radio transmitter which allows the UN to determine the aliens' location: the Moon.

Two rockets, called SPIPs, take off for the moon. They are attacked by remote controlled meteors, but they escape. A pilot of one of the SPIPs is caught trying to sabotage the ship's engines, but he is stopped. A warning is given to the SPIPs to not land on the moon, but it is ignored. The two ships land and find the Natarl base.

The mind controlled pilot breaks free of his ropes and blows up one of the SPIPs. Meanwhile, the Natarl base is discovered. One of the crew members is captured, but he is later freed. The group begins attacking the base, and blow it up. The mind-controlled pilot is freed, and stays behind on the moon for the others to escape. On Earth, the UN prepares for a final battle. They send up Scout Ships and Atomic Heat Cannons to attack. The Earth forces defend as long as they can, but some meteors break through and hit some cities. The Natarl mothership flies down and destroys Tokyo. The Atomic Heat Cannons manage to destroy it, ending the Natarl invasion.


Main article: Battle in Outer Space/Credits#Japanese.

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.


Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Ryo Ikebe   as   Major Ichiro Katsumiya
  • Kyoko Anzai   as   Etsuko Shiraishi
  • Minoru Takada   as   Defense Commander
  • Koreya Senda   as   Dr. Adachi
  • Len Stanford   as   Dr. Roger Richardson, U.S. Representative
  • Harold Conway   as   Dr. Immerman
  • George Whyman   as   Dr. Ahmed
  • Elise Richter   as   Sylvia
  • Hisaya Ito   as   Kogure
  • Yoshio Tsuchiya   as   Iwomura
  • Nadao Kirino   as   Crewman Okada
  • Kozo Nomura   as   Rocket Captain
  • Fuyuki Murakami   as   Inspector Ariake
  • Ikio Sawamura   as   Tokaido Railway Track Inspector
  • Jiro Kumagai, Mitsuo Tsuda   as   Defense Official
  • Mitsuo Tsuda   as   Defense Official / Natarl
  • Katsumi Tezuka   as   Naval Officer / Natarl
  • Tadashi Okabe   as   Vice Officer
  • Osman Yusuf, Heinz Bodmer, Koichi Sato, Rinsaku Ogata, Yutaka Oka   as   SPIP No. 2 Crewmen
  • Malcolm Pearce   as   Lt. Pearce, Captain of Rocket 1
  • Leonard Walsh   as   Thomas Sheldon
  • Yasuo Araki   as   Rocket 1 Crewman
  • Dona Carlson   as   Mrs. Richardson
  • Yasuhisa Tsutsumi, Shigeo Kato   as   Tokaido Train Engineers
  • Kisao Hatamochi   as   Space Station JSS-3 Radio Operator
  • Yukihiko Gondo   as   Official
  • Saburo Kadowaki   as   Astronomer
  • Takuzo Kumagai, Kisao Hatamochi, Yasuo Araki, Keisuke Yamada, Koji Kamimura, Shinjiro Hirota   as   Natarls


Weapons, vehicles, and races


Main article: Battle in Outer Space/Gallery.


Main article: Battle in Outer Space (Soundtrack).

Alternate titles

  • The Great Space War (Literal Japanese Title)
  • The Interplanetary Battle (La Bataille Interplanétaire; Belgium)
  • Worlds at War (Mundos em Guerra; Brazil)
  • Battle in Space (Batalla en el Espacio; Spain)
  • Hell in the Stratosphere (Inferno nella stratosfera; Italy)
  • Alarm 1965! (Hälytys 1965!; Finland)
  • War of Satellites (Guerra de Satélites; Mexico)
  • War in Outer Space (Krieg im Weltenraum; Germany)

Theatrical releases

U.S. release

American Battle in Outer Space poster

Battle in Outer Space was acquired by Columbia Pictures, dubbed into English by Bellucci Productions, and released in U.S. theaters on July 8, 1960. It was the first Toho science-fiction film to be released in the U.S. without any added or deleted footage, although Akira Ifukube's score was replaced with library music in several scenes.[1]

Unlike The H-Man and Mothra, the other two Toho titles distributed by Columbia, Battle in Outer Space never received a VHS release in the United States. It was finally released on the three-disc Icons of Sci-fi: Toho Collection DVD set by Sony in 2009, alongside The H-Man and Mothra, with Japanese and English language options.

Video releases

Toho DVD (2004)[2][3]

  • Region: 2
  • Audio: Japanese (2.0 Mono, 3.0 Perspecta Stereo, 5.1 Surround)
  • Special Features: Theatrical trailer, storyboards, pamphlets and concept art, still photos, audio commentary by Koji Kajita
  • Notes: Re-released on February 7, 2014 and on July 15, 2015 as part of the Toho DVD Masterpiece Selection.

Sony DVD (2009) [Icons of Sci-fi: Toho Collection]

  • Region: 1
  • Discs: 3
  • Audio: Japanese (2.0 Mono), English (2.0 Mono)
  • Special Features: Audio commentary by Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski (Mothra and Battle in Outer Space), trailers
  • Notes: Subtitles in the initial pressing of the disc correspond only to the script of the English dub. A later pressing, dated August 20, 2009, includes separate subtitles that correspond to the Japanese dialogue.
  • Note: Packaged with Mothra and The H-Man.

Sony Blu-ray (2018)

  • Region: N/A
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese, English (2.0 Mono)
  • Special Features: Audio commentary by Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski
  • Notes: Subtitles correspond to the script of the English dub. The Japanese audio track has been edited to fit the American version.

Mill Creek Blu-ray (2020)[4]

  • Region: A; other regions to be determined
  • Discs: 2
  • Audio: Japanese, English (2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Special Features: Audio commentary by Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski
  • Notes: Subtitles correspond to the script of the English dub. Packaged with The H-Man.

Eureka! Blu-ray (2020)[5]

  • Region: B; other regions to be determined
  • Discs: 2
  • Audio: Unknown
  • Subtitles: Unknown
  • Special Features: Unknown
  • Notes: Packaged with The H-Man.


Battle in Outer Space Japanese trailer
Battle in Outer Space
American teaser trailer
Battle in Outer Space American trailer
Battle in Outer Space German trailer
Ken Films Super 8 digest version of
Battle in Outer Space


  • The 1977 Toho film The War in Space was planned as a sequel to this film, simple titled Battle in Outer Space II. This idea was scrapped during production.
  • This film's Japanese title was used for a 2005 Japanese flight combat simulator game released in Europe under the English title Space War Attack. Said game was a spin-off of the shooter game The Earth Defense Force, itself using the Japanese title of this film's predecessor, The Mysterians.


This is a list of references for Battle in Outer Space. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]


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5 months ago
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Don't ask why I have the main theme of this movie stuck in my head right now.


22 days ago
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Don't Worry, Your Not Alone


21 days ago
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It is a great and head haunting track. It is also the theme song of Godzilla and Angiras as allies in Earth Attack Command (If you don't count the Godzilla March).

Astounding Beyond Belief

25 months ago
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Of course the Blu-ray comes out a year after I upload a bunch of screenshots from the DVD.
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