The War in Space (1977)

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The War in Space
The Japanese poster for The War in Space
Alternate titles
Flagicon Japan.png The Great Planet War (1977)
See alternate titles
Directed by Jun Fukuda
Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka, Fumio Tanaka
Written by Hachiro Jinguji (story);
Hideichi Nagahara, Ryuzo Nakanishi
Music by Toshiaki Tsushima
Distributor TohoJP,
Gold Key EntertainmentUS (TV syndication),
Video ActionUS (home video)
Rating Not Rated
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. The Great Planet War) is a 1977 tokusatsu science fiction film produced by Toho. It was released to Japanese theaters on December 17, 1977.

Plot[edit | edit source]

The year is 1988, and Earth is recovering from a near-miss with a comet which released an electromagnetic wave that interfered with the planet'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 worse matters at hand: the sudden arrival of the Yomi aliens and their fleet of warships.

Staff[edit | edit source]

Main article: The War in Space/Credits.

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

  • Directed by   Jun Fukuda
  • Written by   Hideichi Nagahara, Ryuzo Nakanishi
  • Based on a story by   Hachiro Jinguji
  • Produced by   Tomoyuki Tanaka, Fumio Tanaka
  • Music by   Toshiaki Tsushima
  • Cinematography by   Yuzuru Aizawa
  • Edited by   Michiko Ikeda
  • Production design by   Kazuo Satsuya
  • 1st assistant director   Ippei Imamura
  • Director of special effects   Teruyoshi Nakano
  • 1st assistant director of special effects   Koichi Kawakita

Cast[edit | edit source]

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   Dr. 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

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Monsters[edit | edit source]

Weapons, vehicles, and races[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: The War in Space/Gallery.

Soundtrack[edit | edit source]

Main article: The War in Space (Soundtrack).

Alternate titles[edit | edit source]

  • The Great Planet War (惑星大戦争 literal Japanese title)
  • The Great Planet War: THE WAR IN SPACE (惑星大戦争 THE WAR IN SPACE, alternate Japanese title)
  • Battle in Outer Space II (Japanese working title)[citation needed]
  • War in Space (United Kingdom; Guerra no Espaço, Portugal; Guerra en el Espacio, Mexico; Rat u Svemiru, Yugoslavia; πόλεμος στο διάστημα, Greece)
  • Galaxies Year 2000 (Galaxias Año 2000, Spain)
  • Space War (Australia; Guerra Spaziale, Italy)
  • The Space War (La Guerre de l'Espace, France; French Belgium; De Ruimte Oorlog, Dutch Belgium)
  • UFOs Coming! (UFO'Erne Kommer!, Denmark)
  • The Great War of the Planets (Der große Krieg der Planeten, West Germany)
  • Planet Wars (Planeternas Krig, Sweden)
  • Space Wars (United Kingdom)

Theatrical releases[edit | edit source]

  • Japan - December 17, 1977   [view poster]Japanese poster
  • West Germany - January 18, 1978   [view poster]German poster
  • France - March 8, 1978   [view poster]French poster
  • Italy - March 10, 1978   [view poster]Italian poster
  • Denmark - March 27, 1978   [view poster]Danish poster
  • Sweden - June 26, 1978   [view poster]Swedish poster
  • Spain - July 21, 1978   [view poster]Spanish poster
  • Finland - August 7, 1978   [view poster]Finnish poster
  • Australia - January 8, 1979   [view poster]Australian poster
  • Portugal - October 10, 1979   [view poster]Portuguese poster
  • Yugoslavia   [view poster]Yugoslav poster
  • Mexico   [view poster]Mexican poster
  • Lebanon   [view poster]Lebanese poster
  • Belgium   [view poster]Belgian poster
  • Greece   [view poster]Greek poster

U.S. release[edit | edit source]

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 set-up 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 the 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[edit | edit source]

Toho DVD (November 26, 2004)[2]

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

Discotek DVD (April 25, 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.

Toho Blu-ray (September 21, 2022)[4]

  • Region: A
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (Mono DTS HD Master Audio, 5.1 remix)
  • Subtitles: Japanese
  • Special features: Audio commentary by Goro Mutsumi, Teruyoshi Nakano interview (32 minutes), Japanese and international trailers, still gallery

Videos[edit | edit source]

Trailers[edit | edit source]

Japanese The War in Space trailer
West German The War in Space trailer
U.S. The War in Space TV spot

Other[edit | edit source]

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

Trivia[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for The War in 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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