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The H-Man (1958)
"Bijo to ekitai ningen" (original title)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller  -  28 May 1959 (USA)
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When a narcotics deal goes sour and a suspect disappears, leaving only his clothes, Tokyo police question his wife and stake out the nightclub where she works. His disappearance stumps the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yumi Shirakawa ...
Chikako Arai, singer in the nightclub
Kenji Sahara ...
Dr. Masada
Akihiko Hirata ...
Inspector Tominaga
Eitarô Ozawa ...
Police Sgt. Miyashita
Koreya Senda ...
Dr. Maki
Makoto Satô ...
Uchida, gangstar
Hisaya Itô ...
Misaki, the dissolved gangster
Machiko Kitagawa ...
Hanae, the hostess of nightclub
Yoshio Tsuchiya ...
Detective Taguchi
Naomi Shiraishi ...
Mineko, Dr.Maki's assistant
Kô Mishima ...
Kishi, gangster in nightclub
Yoshifumi Tajima ...
Detective Sakata
Tetsu Nakamura ...
Mr. Chin, gangster
Haruya Katô ...
Mattchan - Fisherman
Ayumi Sonoda ...
Emi, lead exotic dancer
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Storyline

When a narcotics deal goes sour and a suspect disappears, leaving only his clothes, Tokyo police question his wife and stake out the nightclub where she works. His disappearance stumps the police - until a young scientist appears who claims that H-Bomb tests in the Pacific, evidenced by a "ghost ship" that has turned up in the harbor, have created radioactive creatures - "H-Men" - who ooze like slime and dissolve anyone they touch. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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You'll Be Gripped By Unholy Horror When You Realize What H Really Means! See more »


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28 May 1959 (USA)  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The dissolving effect was created by deflating life-sized inflatable human figures, filming them in fast-motion, and then running the film at normal speed. See more »

Goofs

In the English subtitled version prepared for the 2009 U.S. DVD release, the subtitles give Kenji Sahara's character's name as "Asada" through most of the film. In the final fourth of the film, the subtitles properly give his name as "Masada." See more »

Quotes

Dr. Maki: [voice-over] If man perishes from the face of the Earth, due to the effects of hydrogen bombing, it is possible that the next ruler of our planet may be The H-Man.
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Crazy Credits

In an unusual move, Columbia Pictures did not matte the English "The End" over the final shot. It appears in Japanese as it did in the original Japanese version. See more »

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Childhood nightmares
13 January 2005 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Like many other posters, I saw this film as a young boy and it gave me nightmares for weeks (maybe even months)! Luckily, my older brother finally convinced me that the "liquid creature" would not survive a swim from Japan to the United States and I was able to sleep again.

I suspect that the modern age's Freddies, Jasons and Leatherfaces would not hold a candle to the effect that this film had on an impressionable youth back then. Perhaps the very fact that the monster had no tangible qualities and could theoretically be any puddle of water you came across was what gave it its fright value.

It would certainly be interesting to see how a remake of this would play today.


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