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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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ALL H- BREAKS LOOSE! (original ad - all caps) See more »


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28 May 1959 (USA)  »

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The H-Man  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Yasuko Nakada was considered for the role of Emi, the dissolved dancer. 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 »

Connections

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Green blob from Japan melts men in sensational style
22 August 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The early Toho Japanese imports took themselves seriously and so did American kids, who flocked to see THE H-MAN, RODAN, THE MYSTERIANS, and BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE (despite the dubbed dialogue) during this period.

In my town, the first 50 customers at the box office received an "H-Man" premium -- to this day I don't know what that item was -- green Silly Putty?

An action figure?

The H-Man "himself" was a green (in some cases blue -- the Eastmancolor prints I've seen to date leave some doubt, but he looked green in the "previews" in 1958) blob that ran under its own power through sewer grates, up walls, and under doors to attack people by running up their bodies and melting them down inside their clothes, leaving nothing but a mystery. In fact, the plot is superficially a mystery/crime drama with some silly and cursory science behind the H-Man, but as these films go, THE H-MAN was a minor sensation -- the movie was not too long, dark and moody, with plenty of reasonably convincing effects to recommend it. This was "The Blob" without the teenagers, and the scenes of people dissolving were fairly sensational and pretty scary for its day -- folks being deflated like balloons and melted into puddles of suds.

The theater in my town announced the coming attraction in the lobby by featuring an "actual H-Man victim" on display -- which was a toupee lying on top of a crumpled man's suit, with a pair of shoes underneath. Crude, but effective...


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