The War in Space, released in Japan as Great Planet War: THE WAR IN SPACE (惑星大戦争 THE WAR IN SPACE Wakusei Daisensō: Za uō in Supēsu" ), is a tokusatsu science fiction film produced and released by Toho Studios in 1977.
While the concept and production of The War in Space was spurred by the explosive international success of Star Wars, the film is actually an outer space redressing of Toho's undersea adventure Atragon and the groundbreaking anime series Space Battleship Yamato. The War in Space was originally announced as a sequel to Battle in Outer Space. Design-wise, the UNSF Gohten is a cross between the Space Battleship Yamato and the Gotengo.
The movie starts out in 1988 with pilot Koji Miyoshi's return to Japan in response to electromagnetic interference that is plaguing the world following a comet scare. Miyoshi is quickly reunited with old friends and acquaintances upon his arrival, although the reunion is cut short as UFOs began to appear all across America as the UN's Space Station Terra is also destroyed in orbit. This series of events prompts Miyoshi to meet with Masato Takigawa and request that the United Nations Space Forces' Gohten Project - construction of the UNSF Gohten, is completed. The request falls on deaf ears until the aliens from the distant planet of Yomi in Messier 13 who have been behind the recent disturbances bungle a plan to kidnap Takigawa, at which point work on the Gohten commences amongst global chaos from attacking Hell Fighter UFO's. Following a fierce battle at the Gohten’s base, the craft is finally launched as it makes its way to Venus, the suspected location of the invaders’ base of operations, to put an end to the alien threat.
- Format: Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audio/Video Quality: A
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