International Title
The Last War
Japanese Title
 [Sekai Daisenso]
Production: Toho
Distributor: Toho Japan: 1961
  Time: 110 minutes
Initial US Title
 The Last War
US Distributor: Brenco TV (1964) Time: 79 minutes
Alternate Movie Titles:
The Great World War [Literal Translation]
The Last War of the Apocalypse [French Title]
Death Rays from Outer Space [German Title]

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Sixteen years after the closure of World War II, another global conflict is brewing. Nations are aligning themselves into "Federation" and "Alliance" world powers. Tensions rise from a global Cold War stand off of military might. Meanwhile, in Japan, the Tamura family lives in relatively normal bliss, with plans of marriage for their daughter. Unfortunately for all, the Cold War stand off erupts. A simple airspace violation, committed by the Alliance forces, leads to a fire fight and a destroyed Federation squadron. From that simple conflict, a new world war is born. After a Federation submarine is captured by an Alliance fleet, and a new Korean War breaks out on the 38th Parallel, the tension builds to the point where the world fears a nuclear war may soon commence. A war mixed with false diplomacy in the political field and nuclear weapons at standby. This conflict places Japan in a tenuous situation, worried about the escalating war around them.

Directed by Shuei Matsubayashi
Writing credits Takeshi Kimura, Toshio Yasumi
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka, Sanezumi Fujimoto
Music by Ikuma Dan
Cinematography by Rokuro Nishigaki
Film Editing by Koichi Iwashita
Production Design by Teruaki Abe, Takeo Kita
Director of Special Effects Eiji Tsuburaya
Assistant Director of Special Effects Teruyoshi Nakano
Mokichi Tamura Frankie Sakai
Mokichi's Wife Nobuko Otowa
Mokichi's Younger Sister Yuriko Hoshi
Takano Akira Takarada
Saeko Yumi Shirakawa
Wadkins Jerry Ito
Arimura Shigeki Ishida
General of Defense Agency Seizaburo Kawazu
Commander Minoru Takada
Neighbor Toshiko Nakano
Prime Minister So Yamamura
Foreign Minister Ken Uehara
Secretariat Director Nobuo Nakamura
Allied Forces Personnel Robert Dunham
Federal Troop Lieutenant Hank Brown
Federal Troop Personnel Howard Larson
- Chieko Nakakita
- Shinpei Tsuchiya
- Eijiro Tono
- So Yamamura
- Koji Uno
- Harold Conway
- Nadao Kirino
- Yutaka Sada
- Chishu Ryu
- Wataru Omae
- Yutaka Oka
- Kozo Nomura
- Hans Horneff
- Roy Leonard
- Daniel Jones
- Osman Yusuf
- Toshihiko Furuta
Monster Appearances Aliens, SDF, Misc
None 12 Multi Missile Tank


Box Office
Release Date: August 10th, 1961 (Japan)
Distribution Earning: ¥284,000,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)

DVDs and Blu-Ray
Region 2 The Great World War Toho (2004)

Alexander Smith Star Rating
September 24, 2011
Patrick Galvan Star Rating
September 18, 2014