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Space Battleship Yamato (1977 film)

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Director  Toshio Masuda
Adapted from  Star Blazers
Country  Japan
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Animation, Action, Adventure
Language  Japanese
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Release date  March 19, 1977 (1977-03-19)
Writer  Keisuke Fujikawa, Leiji Matsumoto (story), Yoshinobu Nishizaki, Eiichi Yamamoto
Directors  Leiji Matsumoto, Toshio Masuda
Sequel  Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato
Cast  Gorō Naya (Okita Juzo / Aruga Kosaku (voice)), Kei Tomiyama (Kodai Susumu (voice)), Shusei Nakamura (Shima Daisuke (voice)), Yôko Asagami (Mori Yuki / Fisherman's Son (voice)), Ichirō Nagai (Dr. Sado Sakezô / Hikozaemon Tokugawa / Fisherman / Ghetto (voice)), Taichirô Hirokawa (Kodai Mamoru (voice))
Similar movies  Superman, Superman Returns, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Superman II

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Space Battleship Yamato (宇宙戦艦ヤマト, Uchū Senkan Yamato), also known as Cosmoship Yamato and Space Cruiser Yamato, is the first theatrical movie based on the classic anime series (known as Star Blazers in the United States). Unlike the later films that would follow it, this is a compilation film consisting of various television episodes edited from the "Iscandar" arc of the television series. It originally had a new ending created for the theatrical release in which Starsha had died before the Yamato reaching Iscandar. This ending was removed for the television broadcast and was lost until the DVD release. In English speaking countries, it was known by the title Space Cruiser.


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In the distant future, the war between the human race and the aliens known as the Gamilons has destroyed the Earth. Radioactive asteroids have devastated the planet making its atmosphere uninhabitable. In an effort to assist the Earth, Queen Starsha of the planet Iscandar offers the Earth Forces a device that can completely neutralize the radiation.

In order to get this device, the space battleship Yamato is launched from the remains of its World War II ancestor on a 148,000 light-year journey. The crew of the Space Battleship Yamato has only one Earth year to travel to Iscandar and back, or the human race will become extinct.

Japanese cast

  • Gorō Naya – Okita Juzo / Aruga Kōsaku
  • Kei Tomiyama – Kodai Susumu
  • Shūsei Nakamura – Shima Daisuke
  • Yōko Asagami – Mori Yuki
  • Ichirō Nagai – Dr. Sado Sakezō / Tokugawa Hikozaemon
  • Taichirō Hirokawa – Kodai Mamoru
  • Takeshi Aono – Sanada Shirō
  • Masatō Ibu – Desler/Tōdō Heikurō
  • Osamu Kobayashi – Domel
  • Michiko Hirai – Starsha
  • Akira Kamiya – Katō Saburō
  • Kenichi Ogata – Analyzer / Yabu Sukeharu
  • Keisuke Yamashita – Hiss / Sugiyama Kazuhiko / Jirō Nōmura
  • Takeshi Ōbayashi – Schultz
  • Akira Kimura – Narration
  • Reception

    In contemporary reviews, Variety declared the film as "with a few exceptions, strictly Saturday morning tv fare." that "should bore adults silly and, owing to jargon saturated dialog, confuse the six-to-12-year-old audience that might have appreciated it." The review commented on the animation, describing it as "flat, static, often poorly- synched and dvided into segments for easy commercial insertion." The Monthly Film Bulletin stated that despite being "executed with considerable flair for piling disaster on ever more improbable disaster [the film] is mainly of interest as a cartoon that succeeds in capitalising on both Jaws and Star Wars, as well as conjuring memories of both Japanese glory and defeat in the Second War." The review concluded that the film "is so perfunctorily cobbled together and, on the whole, so indifferently animated [...] that expectations are almost immediately dashed."


    In 2010, a live-action remake of Space Battleship Yamato opened in Japan, followed by several sequels. Also resulting from this franchise is Space Battleship Yamato 2199, an anime reimagining of the classic story. A live-action revival of Space Battleship Yamato is set to reach theaters in 2017 under the tentative title of Star Blazers. It will be produced by Skydance Productions with Shoji Nishizaki as the executive producer and Christopher McQuarrie as the director.


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