The War in Space

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The War in Space
The Japanese poster for The War in Space
Directed by Jun Fukuda
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka
Fumio Tanaka
Written by Shuichi Nagahara
Ryuzo Nakanishi
Music by Toshiaki Tsushima
Distributor TohoJP,
Gold Key EntertainmentUS (TV syndication),
Video ActionUS (home video)
Rating Unrated
Budget ¥500,000,000
Box office ¥889,000,000
Running time 90 minutesJP
(1 hour, 30 minutes)
87 minutesUS
(1 hour, 27 minutes)
Aspect ratio 2.35:1
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The War in Space (惑星大戦争,   Wakusei Daisensō, lit. Great Planet War) is a 1977 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Toho. The film was released to Japanese theaters on December 17, 1977.


The year is 1988, and Earth is recovering from a comet near-miss which released an electromagnetic wave that interfered with some of Earth's technology. Pilot Koji Miyoshi of the J.A.S.D.F. returns home to Japan in response to this incident, only to find that there are much more worse matters to deal with, with the sudden arrival of the Messiah 13 Aliens and their warships.


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

  • Directed by   Jun Fukuda
  • Written by   Shuichi Nagahara and Ryuzo Nakanishi
  • Produced by   Tomoyuki Tanaka and Fumio Tanaka
  • Music by   Toshiaki Tsushima
  • Cinematography by   Yuzuru Aizawa
  • Edited by   Michiko Ikeda
  • Production Design   Kazuo Satsuya
  • Assistant Directing by   Kyohei Imamura, Okihiro Yoneda
  • Special Effects by   Teruyoshi Nakano, Toshimitsu Oneda, Takeshi Yamamoto, Yasuyuki Inoue and Takesaburo Watanabe
  • Assitant Directer of Special Effects   Koichi Kawakita


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

  • Kensaku Morita   as   Koji Miyoshi
  • Yuko Asano   as   Jun Takigawa
  • Ryo Ikebe   as   Masato Takigawa
  • Katsutoshi Atarashi   as   Tadashi Mikasa
  • Masaya Oki   as   Reisuke Muroi
  • Hiroshi Miyauchi   as   Kazuo Fuyuki
  • Goro Mutsumi   as   Commander Hell
  • Hideji Otaki   as   Doctor Matsuzawa
  • Akihiko Hirata   as   Oshi, Defense Countermeasure Supreme Commander
  • William Ross   as   Dr. Schmidt
  • Isao Hashimoto   as   Research Worker
  • Koichi Yoshida   as   Gohten Controller
  • Junichi Kudo   as   Gohten Pilot
  • Susumu Otani   as   Gohten Pilot
  • Shoji Nakayama   as   Staff Officer
  • David Perin   as   Jimmy



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Main article: The War in Space/Gallery.


Main article: The War in Space (Soundtrack).

Alternate Titles

  • Great Planet War (惑星大戦争; Japan)
  • Great Planet War: THE WAR IN SPACE (惑星大戦争 THE WAR IN SPACE; Japan)
  • War in Space (La Guerre De L'Espace; France)
  • Galaxies Year 2000 (Galaxias Año 2000; Spain)
  • Space War (Guerra Spaziale; Italy)
  • UFOs Coming! (UFO'Erne Kommer!; Denmark)
  • The Great War of the Planets (Der große Krieg der Planeten; West Germany)
  • Cosmo 2000: The Planet Without a Name (America)
  • Battle in Outer Space II (America, Japanese Working Title)
  • War of the Planets (America)

Theatrical Releases

  • Japan - December 17, 1977
  • West Germany - January 18, 1978
  • France - March 8, 1978
  • Denmark - March 27, 1978
  • Sweden - June 26, 1978
  • Spain - July 21, 1978
  • Finland - August 7, 1978
  • Portugal - October 10, 1979

U.S. Release

In 1981, Toho's English-dubbed international export version of The War in Space was acquired by Gold Key Entertainment for use in their Galaxy series of local television syndication packages, which also included other, older Toho titles such as The Mysterians and Latitude Zero. Three minutes of footage, consisting of the opening introduction of Koji Miyoshi's return to Japan, and the setup of the love triangle between him, Jun Takigawa, and Reisuke Muroi was deleted, bringing the runtime down to 87 minutes. Gold Key's TV prints rendered film's title card in white, and left the opening Toho Eiga-Toho Eizo screen along with the film's end title textless.

The film was given a home video release on VHS by Video Action in 1984. This release restored the three minutes previously cut in Gold Key's release, and used a different assembly of the international export version that included the text for the Toho Eiga-Toho Eizo and end titles, and also rendered the film's title card in red. A brief shot of Muroi saying the line "Jimmy" during the assault on the Messiah 13 forces on Venus is missing from the print used.

In 2006, Discotek Media gave the film a DVD release, which included the English dub, again with the "Jimmy" line missing, and the audio re-edited to account for its loss.[1]

Video Releases

Toho DVD (2004)[2]

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese

Discotek DVD (2006)[3]

  • Region: 1
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Special Features: Teruyoshi Nakano interview (32 minutes), booklet, gallery of production and publicity stills
  • Notes: Out of print.

Though The War in Space is not available on Blu-ray, an HD version can be rented or purchased on the Japanese versions of Amazon Video and iTunes.



The War in Space Japanese trailer
The War in Space German trailer
The War in Space American TV spot


The War in Space English export version opening and closing (red title version)
The War in Space English/texless visuals
from the export version


  • The War in Space was originally meant to be titled "Battle in Outer Space II" and was supposed to be a sequel to Battle in Outer Space. But, this idea was scrapped during production.
  • The film uses stock footage from Battle in Outer Space, The Last War, Ebirah, Horror of the Deep, Submersion of Japan, and Prophecies of Nostradamus.

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