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

 -  Action | Drama | Sci-Fi  -  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
Susumu Fujita ...
Gen. Morita
Hisaya Itô ...
Capt. Seki
Yoshio Kosugi ...
Cmdr. Sugimoto
Fuyuki Murakami ...
Dr. Nobu Kawanami
Tetsu Nakamura ...
Dr. Koda
Yoshio Tsuchiya ...
Leader of the Mysterians
Yutaka Sada ...
Police Capt. Miyamoto
Ren Imaizumi ...
Adachi's Assistant Hayami
Takeo Oikawa ...
Announcer on TV
Tadao Nakamaru ...
1st Lt. Yamamoto


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)



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2.35 : 1
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In the original Japanese-language version, the aliens are called Mysterians (rendered in katakana as Misuterian). When he visited the United States, special-effects director Eiji Tsuburaya was surprised to discover that the term Mysterians was well-known. It had also been used in the English-language dubbing, and the film had even been released in the United States under the title "The Mysterians." See more »


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


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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Referenced in James & Mike Play: Bio Force Ape (2014) See more »

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Ifukube's score is the most action packed score ever.
14 February 1999 | by (Bridgewater, MA, USA) – See all my reviews

The Japanese tape begins with an overture. The music with the overture is the greatest film score ever written by Akira Ifukube. So this film concerns hooded aliens who come to Earth with plans to capture and have sex with Earth women. So they release a huge bird-like robot named Mogera (it later returned renovated in Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla) to prove they mean buisness. The army manages to defeat it by booby trapping the bridge and blowing it up while the monster is using it. Then the battle for the cosmos begins with the Mysterians and their ray firing ships and the humans and their markalite lasers. This is another film I believe inspired the film Independence Day. It's certainly the most colorful of any of the fifties invasion flicks. A must. Eiji Tsuburaya also did an exellent job with his marvelous miniatures and special effects.

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