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 ...
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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 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
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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 »
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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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 »
Having been A-bombed, Japan became obsessed with the nuclear-weapon nightmare. When the Matsusei Maru got caught on the fringes of an American H-bomb test and its crew irradiated, it must've triggered archetypal Japanese fears, so Ishiro Honda created this creepy movie in which people get dissolved by radioactive blob-beings, and there's an edge to it along with a campy atmosphere that comes from the over-the-top acting.
There's one of the absolute worst chase scenes in history, but the scenes where the gangster is dragging the beautiful, innocent Chitako through the sewer while being stalked by the H-man blobs is frightening. The '50s Japanese nightclub jazz is awful, and there are all the typical Japanese monster-movie clichés, which gives the movie a lot of unintentional comic relief. The Japanese Jimmy Cagney-like gangster that threatens Chitako is hilarious. The pomposity of Dr. Maki and the police-military characters is wonderful.
I saw this movie the year after I immigrated to the U.S., in Chicago, and it terrified me. If you like a great mix of creative multi-plotting, campy '50s Japanese sci-fi, and something to watch on a weekend night with popcorn and soda, this is it. Unfortunately, the video I have isn't closed-captioned, though the dialogue dubbing is very well done.
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