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The Mysterians (1957)

Chikyû Bôeigun (original title)
Aliens arrive on Earth and ask permission to be given a certain tract of land for their people to live on. But when they are discovered to be invaders, responsible for the giant robot that ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenji Sahara ...
Joji Atsumi
Yumi Shirakawa ...
Etsuko Shiraishi
Momoko Kôchi ...
Hiroko Iwamoto
Akihiko Hirata ...
Ryoichi Shiraishi
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Susumu Fujita ...
Gen. Morita
Hisaya Itô ...
Capt. Seki
Yoshio Kosugi ...
Cmdr. Sugimoto
Fuyuki Murakami ...
Dr. Nobu Kawanami
Yoshio Tsuchiya ...
Leader of the Mysterians
Minosuke Yamada ...
The Secretary of Defense Hamamoto
Tetsu Nakamura ...
Dr. Koda
Heihachirô Ôkawa ...
Person at Board Meeting
Takeo Oikawa ...
Announcer on TV
Haruya Katô ...
Doomed Villager
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Aliens arrive on Earth and ask permission to be given a certain tract of land for their people to live on. But when they are discovered to be invaders, responsible for the giant robot that is destroying cities, the armed forces attempt to stop them with every weapon available. Written by Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>

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From behind the moon they come...to invade the Earth! Abduct its women! Level its cities! See more »


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15 May 1959 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)| (US prints)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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The USA premiere of the Mysterians, Aka Chikyû Bôeigun (tôhô, 1957) was on October 30, 1958, at the United Artists Theater in downtown Inglewood, California. A giant 6-foot-tall cardboard standee poster of Mogera was placed outside of the theater, facing the street. It was released by RKO and Warner Bros. for that release, then MGM re-released it again in May 1959. It is available on VHS, Laserdisc from Tôhô, and on DVD from Tokyo Shock, 2005. The reissue DVD has a re-recorded English-language soundtrack with new voice actors and is not the original 1958 USA release soundtrack that had Paul Frees as the voice of actor Takashi Shimura, who played the veteran scientist Dr. Tanjiro Adachi, as he also did for this actor in voiceover work in Godzilla: King of the Monsters (1956) and Mosura (mothra) (1961). See more »

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One of the bicyclist firefighters has a very southern-US accent, when the on-screen actors are obviously Japanese. See more »

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Dr. Tanjiro Adachi: Some escaped. The nations of the world must now stay united in the struggle against unknown forces instead of fighting each other.
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Cool-looking Aliens.
19 June 2001 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

This is one of the earlier sci-fi movies from Toho studios. Respectable Toho actors and actresses are in this movie including Kenji Sahara, Yumi Shirakawa, Momoko Kochi, Akihiko Hirata, and Takashi Shimura-all actors that appeared in the original Godzilla and Rodan movies. This story involves a group of cool looking aliens called the Mysterians, who want to possess a huge chuck of land in Japan and marry Earth women. The suspense builds when the Earth people resists the Mysterians' demands, which results in a battle for Earth action. Just to note, the actor playing the Leader of the Mysterians was Yoshio Tsuchiya. He also played the Vapor Man in 'The Human Vapor,' Controller of Planet X in 'Godzilla vs. Monster Zero,' and Businessman Shindo in 'Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah.'

Eiji Tsuburaya's advanced special effects highlighted a spectacular battle of fire, lasers, rockets, tanks and flying saucers between the humans and space aliens. A slow and mysterious, but sometimes militaristic and moving music score by Akira Ifukube. A dramatic and somber story by Takeshi Kimura. Directing was once again done by the great Ishiro Honda.

The downside, though, was that the story lacked a solid plot and the female leads weren't emphasized enough. There were too many scenes that depicted meetings held by the officials, discussing what to do about the aliens. These meetings were important in a way, but kind of boring. And, the robot monster, Moguera, was a terrific-looking monster, but wasn't utilized enough. But overall, a pretty cool feature for a sci-fi film made in the 1950s.

Grade B


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