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The Mysterians (1957)

Chikyû Bôeigun (original title)
TV-Y7 | | Action, Family, 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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenji Sahara ...
Joji Atsumi
Yumi Shirakawa ...
Etsuko Shiraishi
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Hiroko Iwamoto
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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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15 May 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Gross USA:

$975,000
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| (1978 Toho Champion Festival)

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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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There are in fact two runs of The Mysterians. The original dub was released by RKO/MGM in 1959, and corresponded to the 3 minutes of edits in the American cut. This dub was released on VHS a few times, panned and scanned with warbly sound. For the DVD release, Media Blasters created a new dub which corresponds to the Japanese cut. This dub is generally regarded by the fandom as poorer, and is responsible for the goof mentioned in the Goof section, wherein it's mentioned that one of the firefighters has a Southern accent. This is an error only present in the DVD dub 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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Edited into Attack of the 50 Foot Monster Mania (1999) See more »

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The most fun you'll have watching a Japanese monster movie.
28 November 1998 | by See all my reviews

For the first fifteen minutes of "Chikyu Boeigun" (known in USA as "The Mysterians"), nothing happens. Scientist poking around a forest fire site comes face to face with a giant, metallic bird like monster. Then this film takes off, becoming more and more exciting. After the monster ravishes a village, the military kills it. We discover it's from the planet Mysteriod, and citizens of that planet are setting up a base here on Earth. The rest of the film concerns the battles betwen the Earth and The Mysterians. A bunch of Inoshira Honda's touches abound. There's a doomed hero (Ahikio Hirata) literally going on a kamikaze mission through the alien base, the plea for all nations to drop their petty squabbles and join forces to save the Earth, and wall to wall giant monster/spaceship excitement. Musician Akira Ifukube's score is militaristic, throbbing, and perfect. While "Gojira" is the best Japanese sci-fi classic, "The Mysterians", a candy coated treat is a close second, being the most fun.

Trivia note: Musician Akira Ifukube invented the famous Godzilla roar.


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