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Seizaburô Kawazu ...
Miki Sanjô ...
Michiyo ,The Singer
Minoru Takada ...
Yajima , Gang boss
Yoshio Tsuchiya ...
Reporter Komatsu
Kenjirô Uemura ...
Ken
Kamatari Fujiwara ...
Mariko's grandfather
Fuyuki Murakami ...
Chief Editor Yamada
Yô Shiomi
Sônosuke Sawamura ...
Nomura , Dietman
Seijirô Onda ...
Chief of Metropolitan Police
Shin Ôtomo ...
Detective
Noriko Shigeyama ...
Dancer in the Nightclub
Keiko Kondo ...
Mariko, the little girl
Fumindo Matsuo
Yutaka Nakayama
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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

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29 December 1954 (Japan)  »

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Invisible Avenger  »

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Japan's first real sc-fi film, a charming compelling thriller
13 May 2001 | by (Huntington, NY) – See all my reviews

Made at about the same time as the first Godzilla film in 1954, this is the first known Japanese sci-fi film. THE INVISIBLE MAN begins with a bang. A car travelling on a Tokyo street runs over an unseen mass. The motorist gets out and watches, out of thin air, a bloodied dead man appear under the car. The reporter investigates, and discovers that a local band of criminals is being menaced and taunted by an invisible man. The film has the usual surreal, dreamlike, sometimes humorous, sometimes touching nuances found in the more famous and available Inosira Honda Japanese monster films. The ending has a fiery end that feels influenced by Warner Brothers' 1949 WHITE HEAT. I always have fun watching this rare film.


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