Japan Release: 1962
Running Time:
89 minutes


Japanese Title

[Yosei Gorasu]

Distributor: Production:


In 1982, the spaceship JX-1 is making a long voyage toward Saturn. Their mission is diverted, however, when a giant star Gorath is sighted that appears to be on course for Earth. Underestimating its mass, the craft ventures too close. The gravitational field sucks in the ship and incinerates it. Learning of the catastrophe heading toward the planet, the United Nations bands together for a solution. Part of this includes the construction of another JX class ship: the JX-2. This vessel is sent to gather more research on the star. Ruling out destroying it, an effort to move Earth out of the way begins. This involves constructing giant rockets in the South Pole to create enough momentum to push the Earth out of orbit and away from the star's trajectory...

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International Title


Initial US Title

US Distributor: Brenco Pictures (1964) / Time: 83 Minutes

Alternate Titles

Suspicious Star Gorath
[Literal translation]

Clash of the Planets


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Directed by Ishiro Honda
Writing credits Jojiro Okami, Takeshi Kimura
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka
Music by Kan Ishii
Cinematography by Hajime Koizumi
Film Editing by Reiko Kaneko
Production Design by Teruaki Abe, Takeo Kita, Akira Watanabe
Assistant Director Koji Kajita, Masashi Matsumoto, Shoji Kuroda, Katsumune Ishida
Director of Special Effects Eiji Tsuburaya
Assistant Director of Special Effects Teruyoshi Nakano
Tazawa, Doctor Ryo Ikebe
Kiyo Sonoda Yumi Shirakawa
Tatsuo Kanai, Cadet Astronaut Akira Kubo
Kesuke Sonoda Takashi Shimura
Takiko Nomura Kumi Mizuno
Konno, Doctor Ken Uehara
Sumio Sonoda Fumio Sakamoto
Murata, Secretary of the Space Agency Ko Nishimura
Murata's Secretary Keiko Sata
Endo, JX-2 Hawk Captain Akihiko Hirata
Sonoda, JX-1 Eagle Captain Jun Tazaki
Manabe, Doctor Nadao Kirino
Saiki, First Officer Kenji Sahara
Ito, Astronaut Masanari Nihei
Wakabayashi, Astronaut Hiroshi Tachikawa
Seki, Prime Minister Takamaru Sasaki
Kinami, Minister of Justice Eitaro Ozawa
Chief Engineer Akira Yamada
Taxi Driver Ikio Sawamura
Drunk at Farewell Party Hideyo Amamoto
Reporter Koji Uno
Sinda, Engineer Ko Mishima
Tada, Minister of Commerce Seizaburo Kawazu


DVDs and Blu-rays

Japan Region 2 Suspicous Star Gorath Toho (2004)  

CD Soundtracks

Background and Trivia

  • On May 4th, 1981, Heritage Enterprises, Flipper Productions, and the Norris Grain Company registered the film with the US copyright office with the registration number V1841P347. The title used was "Gorath". On March 23rd, 1990, Toho submitted the film to the US copyright office with the registration number of PA0000465507. The movie was submitted under its international title, Gorath, and its Romaji title, Yosei Gorasu.
  • Toward the beginning of the film, a star is seen on a map with the name: Tsuchiya. This is believed to be a nod to actor Yoshio Tsuchiya, who was highly interested in space at the time. This is referenced in Age of the Gods (self-published).
  • Following the completion of the film, Toho sold the American rights to the movie to Brenco Pictures corp. The sale was a package deal that also included The Human Vapour (1960) and The Last War (1961), which had failed to find American distributors on their own. Noted in Age of the Gods (self-published).

Concept Art


Anthony Romero Star Rating
June 5, 2004
Nicholas Driscoll [Brenco Pictures] Star Rating
January 29, 2012