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

Approved  |   |  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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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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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 »

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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 »

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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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Colorful and entertaining; among the best of Japanese sci-fi.
28 December 2004 | by (Virginia, United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film when I was a child, and never forgot it. While somewhat similar to films such as 'The Blob' and 'Caltiki, The Immortal Monster' (a Spanish/Italian/Mexican rarity), 'The H-Man' is, as others note, a sort of film noir sci-fi/mystery film. Like most Japanese sci-fi & horror films of the 1950s and 60s, there are instances of unintentional humor, over-the-top acting and a fixation on the effects of radioactivity (not surprising). I had almost given up on finding this title, when fortuitously I ran into a really nice Japanese DVD with superb color and in a widescreen format; no English dubbing, but rather subtitles in the bottom black bar. It was as if I was seeing the film for the very first time! While I have no American version to compare it to, I have no doubt that this version has footage edited from the American release. Interestingly (for me, anyway), the title in Japanese is 'Beauty and the Liquid Human', an odd but actually more accurate title. The H-Man provides some very well-done special effects, creepy atmosphere and a decent amount of suspense. Along with 'Rodan' and 'The Mysterians' (and, I guess, Godzilla), this is among the best of early Japanese sci-fi films.


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