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

 -  Action | Drama | Sci-Fi  -  15 May 1959 (USA)
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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
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
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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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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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The USA premiere of THE MYSTERIANS aka CHIKYU BOEIGUN (TOHO, 1957) was on October 30, 1958 at the United Artists Theater in downtown Inglewood, California. They placed a giant 6-foot-tall cardboard standee poster of the giant Mogura Samurai Robot in the movie outside 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 TOHO, and on DVD, from Tokyo Shock, 2005. The reissue DVD has a re-recorded soundtrack with new voice actors and is not the original 1958 USA release soundtrack which 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 (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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A rousing science fiction film.
12 July 1999 | by (Margate, Florida) – See all my reviews

I saw this film in Tohoscope in 1958 or 1959 in Jamaica,N.Y. The "star" of the movie is its excellent storyline. You might say that this film is a Japanese version of "War of the Worlds". The film with its technological weapons and style has a resemblance to the James Bond films that would come a few years later. My nickname above is actually a tribute to those films that featured such fabulous superweapons. The battle between the mysterians' Helicons and the Earth's Marcolights are first rate. Also quite neat are the two flying airships deployed against the Mysterians by the Earth forces.

I believe this was Toho's studios' best film made. Those who may think this film is too antiquated by the standards of special effects that have developed since "200l" and Lucasfilms should still try to view this film if they have never seen it.


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