Battle in Outer Space

Japan Release: 1959
Running Time:
90 minutes

Battle in Outer Space

Japanese Title

[Uchu Daisenso]

Distributor: Production:


In 1965, the space station JSS-3 is attacked by a fleet of UFOs. After the station is destroyed, the saucers make their way to Earth. They then begin a global siege on the planet, using absolute zero rays to manipulate gravity. In response, a global council meeting is held to determine the source of the attacks. There, a representative becomes suddenly stricken with head pain. It is later revealed that he has become mind controlled by the invaders. Revealing themselves to be the Natarl, the aliens declare war on humanity. In response, Earth prepares the SPIP rocket ships. Their plan is to take the war to the aliens, by having a battle in outer space...

Live Action Science Fiction

Box Office - Stock Footage - DVDs - CDs - Pictures - Background - Concept Art - Cut Scenes - Reviews


International Title

Battle in Outer Space

Initial US Title

Battle in Outer Space
US Distributor: Columbia Pictures (1960) / Time: 90 Minutes

Alternate Titles

Great War in Space
[Literal translation]


Aliens, SDF & Misc.



Directed by Ishiro Honda
Writing credits Jojiro Okami, Shinichi Sekizawa
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka
Music by Akira Ifukube, Yosaku Suma
Cinematography by Hajime Koizumi
Film Editing by Kazuji Taira
Assistant Director Koji Kajita
Director of Special Effects Eiji Tsuburaya
Chiro Katsumiya, Major Ryo Ikebe
Etsuko Shiraishi Kyoko Anzai
Adachi, Professor Koreya Senda
Commander Minoru Takada
Roger Richardson, Doctor Leonard Stanford
Iwomura Yoshio Tsuchiya
Immerman, Doctor Harold Conway
Kogure Hisaya Ito
Iriake, Inspector Fuyuki Murakami
Thomas Sheldon Leonard Walsh
Gravity Man Nadao Kirino
Achmed, Doctor Malcolm Pearce
Rocket Commander Kozo Nomura
Lantern Man Ikio Sawamura
Reporter Tadashi Okabe
Scientist Yutaka Oka
Officials Yasuhisa Tsutsumi, Yukihiko Gondo
Astronomers Rinsaku Ogata, Shigeo Kato, Koichi Sato, Saburo Kadowaki
Sylvia Elise Richter
Roger George Whitman
Roger's Wife Roma Carlson


Box Office

Release Date: December 26th, 1959 (Japan)
Distribution Earning: ¥123,000,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)

DVDs and Blu-rays

United States Region 1 Icons of Sci-fi: Toho Collection Sony (2009) Order
Japan Region 2 Great War in Space Toho (2004)
United States Blu-ray Battle in Outer Space Columbia (2018) Order
United States Blu-ray The H-Man / Battle in Outer Space Mill Creek Entertainment (2020) Order

CD Soundtracks


Background and Trivia

  • Columbia Pictures submitted the film to the US copyright office on January 23, 1983 with the registration number V1970P078 and with the title Battle in Outer Space. This was part of a large reassignment of copyright batch, which included 852 movies. Much later, on December 39th, 2002, Toho submitted the movie to the US copyright office, this time using the international title, Battle in Outer Space, along with the Romaji title, Uchu Daisenso.
  • The movie is a loose sequel to The Mysterians (1957) and features two of the same characters, Doctor Adachi and Etsuko Shiraishi, although with different actors playing the parts.
  • The slow motion, gravity stricken walk of the cast on the moon was an idea from actor Yoshio Tsuchiya. Actor Ryo Ikebe uncharacteristically protested, declaring it was "just a movie" at the idea of the slow motion walk. However, Honda ended up siding with Tsuchiya. The incident did not sour Ikebe, though, who worked again with Honda a few years later on Gorath (1962). Mentioned in Age of the Gods (self-published).
  • A promotional shot was arranged on the movie's moon set. It featured many of Toho's famous and also up and coming actresses, including: Kyoko Anzai from the film, Misa Uehara, Yumi Shirakawa, Kyoko Kagawa, Yoko Tsukak, Reiko Dan, Izumi Yukimura, Kumi Mizuno and Sonomi Nakajima. Noted in Age of the Gods (self-published).
  • Was originally going to be apart of the Toho Champion Festival, with a re-release in 1978. The movie was replaced, however, by The Mysterians (1957). Cited in Age of the Gods (self-published).

Concept Art


Nicholas Driscoll [Columbia] Star Rating
December 17, 2009