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The Mysterians (1957)
"Chikyû Bôeigun" (original title)

 -  Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller  -  15 May 1959 (USA)
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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 ... 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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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Toho was only allowed one hour to film footage of the Military Air Transport Service cargo plane unloading, producers shut down production of the film and used all available cameras to shoot the operation from different angles. By hiding the plane number, it appears that multiple planes have landed. Toho did a similar thing in "Gojira/Godzilla." Only allowed to film the movement of one military convoy, producers simply put their cameras in jeeps and raced ahead of each section of the convoy to make it seem as if the convoy was massive. 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: Strange things are happening behind the moon!
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Good Invasion Flick From Toho
28 April 2005 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty decent invasion film. This time around, Honda seems to have been inspired by the films "War of the Worlds" and "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and does a good job in conveying a lot of themes that pretty much permeate a lot of his films, fear of nuclear war and the world unifying for a common cause. Also, Akihiko pretty much built on his portrayal of the tragic hero that sacrifices himself at the end to save humanity and did his usual good job.

The only complaint I have about the film is the fact that the appearance of Moguera takes place too early in the film and his destruction is much too early. They do return him to the end, but I would have preferred to see him as the weapon of last resort that the aliens use to try to deliver the crushing blow. Other than that, this is a pretty good movie.


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