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The Asian ApertureThe War in Space (1977)
POSTED BY JASON FETTERS, January 8, 2013    Share

One of my favorite genres of Japanese films is definitely Sci Fi, especially those golden nuggets from the 70’s and 80’s. It was with great cheer and passion that I sat down to watch Toho’s classic, The War in Space. Released in 1977, after the Star Wars, War in Space is an interesting look at how Japan battles an alien invasion.
Koji Miyoshi is a young pilot who has been working in the US , suddenly reappears and join his fellow scientists for a quick reunion. In one scene at a local club, Miyoshi learns that his ex-girlfriend, Jun Takigawa, is engaged to a mutual friend. Miyoshi wishes them both the best when the party is interrupted by an urgent message to return to headquarters.

The United Nations has a space station that is under attacked by unknown aliens. It is up to the heroic Miyoshi to appeal to Jun’s father, Masato, who just happens to be a top engineer, who stopped working on a spacecraft called Gohten. When I first saw Gohten, the ship reminded me of the Nautilus from Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The Gohten is actually heavily influenced by the Atragon from the movie of the same name. War in Space dragged for me with Miyoshi trying to convince Masato to reassume work and with the construction of the Gohten going on, it could have been sped up for my tastes.

However the real fun happens when Gohten is finally launched and flying to Venus to battle those evil aliens. After the lovely and sexy Jun is kidnapped, it is up to Miyoshi and his comrades to attempt a rescue mission, hmmm…starting to sound like another famous Sci Fi movie’s plot.

It is interesting to note that there is one American involved named Jimmy, played by David Perin, who career ended after War in Space, according to IMDB.

In one hysterical scene, there is a huge bulky Chewbecca looking creature with horns, whose job is to stand around looking menacingly while holding a giant axe. The evil main villain also has an interesting costume with bright red plumes on his Galea, Roman style helmet. However the real crowd pleaser was Jun Takigawa who is forced out of her yellow space suit and made to wear a sexy leather black tight fitting outfit. If you are going to be rescued on Venus, why not do so in style.

I won’t give away the ending, but the end space battle between the alien ship and the Gohten is something to see with all the charm of Toho’s special effects and the directing wizardry of Jun Fukuda, a revered legend of several Godzilla classics.

So do yourself a favorite this weekend and enjoy the 70’s disco soundtrack, Japanese style, of War in Space. It has something special to offer Sci Fi fans and is very entertaining once the crew is actually in space.


3.5 out of 5 Stars

"The Asian Aperture" is ©2013 by Jason Fetters. All contents of Crazed Fanboy are ©2013 by Nolan B. Canova and Terence Nuzum.

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