BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE
THE WORLD OF SPACE
(Uschia dei Senso)
Battle in Outer Space is an amazingly colourful piece of solidly juvenile space opera. It owes a clear lineage to Buck Rogers indeed the special effects budget and amazingly colourful space battles would surely have made the directors of the original Buck Rogers (1939) serial green with envy. There is not a great deal more to Battle in Outer Space than lots of space battles but they are conducted with a sense of wonder and imaginative vigour. There are some marvellous raygun battles between flying saucers and lunar tanks. The climax is a grand mass destruction finale in the Japanese tradition, albeit one that seems to have borrowed from Earth Vs. the Flying Saucers (1956) in its blowing up recognizable world landmarks. The film and its marvellously colourful space battles could not have helped but be an influence on George Lucas and Star Wars (1977).
Ishiro Hondas other genre films include:- Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1954), Gigantis the Fire Monster/Godzilla Raids Again/The Return of Godzilla (1955), Rodan the Flying Monster (1956), The Mysterians (1957), The H-Man (1958) about creatures that can dissolve, the Yeti film Half-Human (1958), Varan the Unbelievable (1958), Gorath (1962) about a rogue planet, King Kong Vs. Godzilla (1962), Mothra (1962), Atragon (1963) about a super-submarine, Attack of the Mushroom People/Matango, Fungus of Terror (1963), Godzilla vs the Thing/Mothra vs Godzilla (1964), Dagora the Space Monster (1964), The Human Vapor (1964) about a gaseous villain, Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965), Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster (1964), Monster Zero/Invasion of the Astro Monster (1965), War of the Gargantuas (1966), King Kong Escapes (1967), Destroy All Monsters (1968), Godzillas Revenge (1969), the submarine adventure Latitude Zero (1969), Yog The Monster from Outer Space (1970) and Terror of Mechagodzilla/Monsters from an Unknown Planet (1976).