Science Ninja Team Gatchaman: The Movie

Science Ninja Team Gatchaman: The Movie (科学忍者隊ガッチャマン 劇場版, Kagaku Ninjatai Gatchaman: Gekijōban) is a 1978 Japanese anime superhero science fiction film and a version of the anime series of the same name.[1][2]

Science Ninja Team Gatchaman: The Movie
Directed byHisayuki Toriumi
Written byJinzō Toriumi
Based onScience Ninja Team Gatchaman
Produced byToshio Suzuki
StarringKatsuji Mori
Isao Sasaki
Kazuko Sugiyama
Yoku Shioya
Shingo Kanemoto
Tōru Ōhira
Mikio Terashima
Nobuo Tanaka
Music byKoichi Sugiyama
Distributed byShochiku
Release date
  • May 12, 1978 (1978-05-12)
Running time
110 minutes


Sosai X traveled millions of light years to reach the planet Earth and creates a mutant Berg Katse. Thirty years later he is the leader of the terrorist organization known as Galactor. They want to conquer the world. Since Galactor controls the mechanical monster "Turtle King," the nations of the world live in fear.

Earth's only hope lies with five teenagers who can move like shadows. They are Gatchaman, five superheroes who arrive in their spaceship "God Phoenix" to stop Galactor's Machiavellian plans of world domination.


Character Japanese English
Ken the Eagle Katsuji Mori Leraldo Anzaldua
Joe the Condor Isao Sasaki Brian Jepson
Jun the Swan Kazuko Sugiyama Kim Prause
Jinpei the Swallow Yoku Shioya Luci Christian
Ryu the Owl Shingo Kanemoto Victor Carsrud
Dr. Kozaburo Nambu Toru Ohira Andy McAvin
Red Impulse Hisayoshi Yoshizawa John Tyson
Berg Katse Mikio Terashima Edwin Neal
Leader X Nobuo Tanaka Charles C. Campbell
Director Anderson Teiji Omiya Marty Fleck
Sabu Hiroya Ishimaru Chris Patton
Narrator Kiyoshi Kobayashi George Manley


The movie is a feature-length retelling of the events of the TV series consisting primarily of footage from key episodes, namely the first two episodes, 51-53 (the V2 project arc) and the final four episodes. However, the first three minutes of the movie consists of newly animated footage depicting the arrival of Leader X on Earth and the birth of Berg Katse.

Instead of the music from the TV show by Bob Sakuma, an all-new score was composed by Koichi Sugiyama and performed by the NHK Symphony Orchestra. It was notably the first Japanese animated movie to feature a stereo soundtrack.

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  1. ^ "作品データベース". Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Sentai Filmworks to Release 1978 Gatchman Film With English Dub". Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  3. ^ "科学忍者隊ガッチャマン". Kinenote. Retrieved 28 November 2021.

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