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Uchûjin Tôkyô ni arawaru
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29 January 1956 (Japan) See more »
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UFO's are seen around Tokyo. Because they look like giant starfish the aliens cannot approach us without creating panic... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Keizô Kawasaki ... Dr. Toru Itsobe
Toyomi Karita ... Hikari Aozora / Ginko
Bin Yagisawa ... No. 2 Pairan
Shôzô Nanbu ... The Elder Dr. Itsobe
Bontarô Miake ... Dr. Kamura (as Bontaro Miake)
Mieko Nagai ... Taeko Kamura
Kiyoko Hirai ... Mrs. Matsuda
Isao Yamagata ... Dr. Matsuda
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gai Harada
Yûzô Hayakawa ... Policeman
Kanji Kawahara ... Dr. Takashima
Sachiko Meguro ... Mrs. Tokuko Isobe
Toshiyuki Obara ... News Repoter Hoshino (USA) / Hideno (Japan)
Fumiko Okamura ... Japanese Bar' Ucyû-ken' Madam Ohana
Shiko Saito ... Mystery Man
Koh Sugita ... News Repoter
Tetsuya Watanabe ... Sankichi - Camera Enthusiast

Directed by
Koji Shima 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jay Cipes  English dialogue (as Jay H. Cipes)
Gentaro Nakajima  novel
Hideo Oguni 
Edward Palmer  English dialogue

Produced by
Masaichi Nagata .... producer
 
Original Music by
Seitaro Omori 
 
Cinematography by
Kimio Watanabe 
 
Film Editing by
Toyo Suzuki 
 
Art Direction by
Shigeo Mano 
 
Art Department
Taro Okamoto .... color designer
 
Special Effects by
Kenmei Yuasa .... special effects director
 

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Also Known As:
"Uchûjin Tôkyô ni arawaru" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
87 min | USA:88 min (dubbed version)
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Color (Daieicolor)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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This film wasn't released in the United States until 1967.See more »
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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Japan's first color science-fiction film, 20 January 2002

Weird aliens from a planet called Pairan who look a lot like man-sized starfish creatures with a huge eye in the center show up in Japan and scare people. But their real intention is not to invade earth; instead they try to warn a scientist about his newly created weapon. To do so, one of them changes his look to that of a famous Japanese singer. But then the aliens discover a giant glowing meteor heading towards Earth! Can the starfish monsters help mankind to destroy the meteor before it crashes into Earth? It soon is discovered that there's only one way to destroy it...

Made by Daiei studios (later creators of the flying turtle Gamera, a popular movie monster in Japan) in 1956, this was the fist color science-fiction film from Japan. Supported by a then huge budget it was a serious effort to compete with enemy Toho studios and their 1954 hit "Godzilla". In 1957, Toho studios even made a somewhat similar movie, "Chikyû bôeigun", also known as "The Mysterians". "Space Men Appear in Tokyo" has far less special effects footage than Toho's movies, but the relatively few special effects seen in this film are of pretty good quality, especially considering their age! Filmed in beautiful colors, the film is still well worth watching. Story-wise, it is similar to the American production "When Worlds Collide", but it's actually based on a Japanese novel by Gentarô Nakajima.

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