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A car strikes an unseen object; blood spreads from an invisible source which becomes visible as the bleeding man dies. He carries with him a suicide note dedicated to his only friend, who is also an invisible man. An eager young reporter tracks down Takemitsu Nanjo, a war veteran who makes his living visibly, painting his face like a clown's and carrying advertising signs. His favorite neighbor is a little blind girl whose mother is running afoul of local gangsters. The gangsters have been terrorizing the city as "the invisible gang," wrapping themselves up in scarves and trenchcoats so as to be visible to their victims, even though they are supposed to be invisible underneath. Once they discover Nanjo, who is defending his only friends, they beat him and leave him for dead. Written by
Guy Mariner Tucker
This movie, known in the U.S. as "The Invisible Man," was the first sci-fi film from Toho released after the original "Godzilla." It is about Takemitsu Nanjo, an invisible man who makes his living visibly, painting his face resembling a clown and carrying advertisement signs. His favorite neighbor is a blind girl, whose mother is being hounded by gangsters, who are also terrorizing the city in a string of robberies. Therefore, Nanjo has to use his invisibility to his advantage and save his friends and rid the cities of this menace.
This is a very dramatic movie from Toho, full of in depth characters and a solid plot. It definitely has the film-noir/crime drama feel, but with a sci-fi twist to it. The special effects were really good and the relationship between Nanjo and the blind girl is very heartwarming. While a pretty somber film, there are some lighthearted moments as well including the part where a man is bewildered when he witnessed a motorcycle riding by itself.
Actor Seizaburô Kawazu plays the part of the Invisible Man. He also appeared as the Gangster Boss in the monster film "Dogora, the Space Monster" (1964) and played the role of the General in "Mothra," (1961).
Overall, a descent movie from the film-noir genre.
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