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Half Human (1958)

Half Human: The Story of the Abominable Snowman (original title)
Japanese villagers worship a monster and his son who live in an island cave. Some circus people hear about them, go to the island to capture the monster and wind up shooting its son. Then ... See full summary »

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Dr. John Rayburn - Narrator
Momoko Kôchi ...
The Girl
Akira Takarada ...
The Boy
Akemi Negishi ...
The Mountain Girl
Russell Thorson ...
Prof. Philip Osborne
Robert Karnes ...
Prof. Alan Templeton
Sachio Sakai ...
Third Member of Ski Party
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Prof. Tanaka
Kokuten Kôdô ...
Old Tribe Leader
Morris Ankrum ...
Dr. Carl Jordan
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Japanese villagers worship a monster and his son who live in an island cave. Some circus people hear about them, go to the island to capture the monster and wind up shooting its son. Then the trouble starts. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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1400 pounds of frozen fury that moves like man! Half-man, half-beast but all monster! See more »

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This is a highly edited version of Jû jin yuki otoko (1955) with American footage added. See more »

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Prof. Alan Templeton: Were these people you refer to savages?
Dr. John Rayburn: Not to the point of eating their own dead. They were a strange, ignorant, superstitious, uncivilized tribe. They decorated the camp with the skulls of their ancestors.
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Referenced in Saved by the Bell: The College Years: Rush Week (1993) See more »

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Edited with a hatchet, by the looks of it
10 May 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

HALF HUMAN was originally a Japanese monster flick from Toho before US distributors got their hands on it and proceeded to mutilate it. In doing so, they exercised about half of the original footage, added in a sappy voice-over narration, and included lots of extraneous scenes with American actors.

I'm a fan of John Carradine but he has a nothing role as the desk-bound professor. Obviously this kind of cut-and-paste nonsense had worked with GODZILLA - another film directed by Ishiro Honda - but it's a waste of time here, because the viewer only gets the occasional glimpse of goodness from the original Japanese footage. I won't attempt to review that here, only to say that there's a lot of action and incident, and the Yeti costume looks great; I hope to track down the original film at some point to check it out properly.


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