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International Title
The War in Space
Japanese Title
 惑星大戦争
 [Wakusei Daisenso]
Production: Toho
Distributor: Toho Japan: 1977
  Time: 90 minutes
 
Initial US Title
 The War in Space
US Distributor: Video Action (1980) Time: 85 minutes
Alternate Movie Titles:
Great Planet War [Literal Translation]
Galaxies Year 2000 [Spain]
War in Space [US DVD Title]

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Details
In 1988, after a comet scare, pilot Koji Miyoshi's return to Japan. Although the comets avoided earth, they left behind electromagnetic interference. Proven to be not mere coincidence, the UN's Space Station Terra is decimated from orbit with the last report mentioning a big roman ship. Convinced that the planet is under siege, Miyoshi meets with Masato Takigawa to request the aid of the Goten. The vehicle is a giant warship capable of space travel, and believed to be the only hope if a war was to break out. Miyoshi's request is ignored until an alien attempts, and fails, to kidnap Takigawa. Realizing the truth, work begins to ready the Goten. Their plan known, the invaders, called the Messiah 13 aliens, begin to create global chaos with their Hell Fighters. Following a fierce and brutal battle at the Goten base, the craft is finally ready for launch. Taking to the sky, the ship makes quick work of the Hell Fighters, destroying them. The drill ship then heads to Venus, the suspected location of the invaders' base of operations, to put an end to the alien threat.

Staff
Directed by Jun Fukuda
Writing credits Shuichi Nagahara, Ryuzo Nakanishi
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka, Fumio Tanaka
Music by Toshiaki Tsushima
Cinematography by Yuzuru Aizawa
Film Editing by Michiko Ikeda
Production Design by Kazuo Satsuya
Assistant Director Kyohei Imamura
Director of Special Effects Teruyoshi Nakano
Assistant Director of Special Effects Koichi Kawakita
Cast
Koji Miyoshi Kensaku Morita
Jun Takigawa Yuko Asano
Masato Takigawa, Professor Ryo Ikebe
Mikasa Katsutoshi Atarashi
Kazuo Fuyuki Hiroshi Miyauchi
Hell Commander Goro Mutsumi
Matsuzawa, Doctor Hideji Otaki
Oshi, Defense Countermeasure Supreme Commander Akihiko Hirata
Schmidt, Doctor William Ross
Research Worker Isao Hashimoto
Goten Controller Koichi Yoshida
Goten Pilots Junichi Kudo, Susumu Otani
Jimmy David Perin
- Masaya Oki
- Shoji Nakayama
Monster Appearances Aliens, SDF, Misc
Space Beastman Goten, Daimakan, Hell Fighter, Space Fighter, Land Rover, Hell Commander, Messiah 13 Aliens, Space Station Terra, F-4 Phantom

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Box Office
Release Date: December 17th, 1977 (Japan)
Budget: ¥500,000,000 / $2,000,000 (Rough Figure)
Distribution Earning: ¥889,000,000 / $4,000,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)

Toho Stock Footage

DVDs and Blu-Ray
Region 1 War in Space Discotek (2006)
Region 2 Great Planet War Toho (2004)

Reviews
Anthony Romero
June 5, 2006