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Takeshi Kimura (writer)
Hideo Unagami (story)
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Release Date:
28 May 1959 (USA) See more »
ALL H- BREAKS LOOSE! (original ad - all caps) See more »
When a narcotics deal goes sour and a suspect disappears, leaving only his clothes, Tokyo police question... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Colorful and entertaining; among the best of Japanese sci-fi. See more (30 total) »


  (in credits order)
Yumi Shirakawa ... Chikako Arai, singer in the nightclub
Kenji Sahara ... Dr. Masada
Akihiko Hirata ... Inspector Tominaga
Koreya Senda ... Dr. Maki
Makoto Satô ... Uchida, gangstar
Yoshifumi Tajima ... Detective Sakata
Eitarô Ozawa ... Police Sgt. Miyashita
Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Detective Taguchi
Kamayuki Tsubono ... Detective Ogawa
Tadao Nakamaru ... Detective Seki
Nadao Kirino ... Shimazaki, the waiter-thug
Ayumi Sonoda ... Emi, lead exotic dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hiroshi Akitsu ... Fisherman
Ryûtarô Amami ... Detective
Ichirô Chiba ... GSDF Officer
Kenzô Echigo ... Taxi driver - Traffic accident
Paul Frees ... Various Voices (voice)
Jun Fujio ... Nishiyama, the dissolved gangstar
Yukihiko Gondô ... Policeman
Kô Hayami ... Bartender of nightclub
Kan Hayashi ... Executive Police Officer
Kazuo Higata ... A drinker in the nightclub
Shôichi Hirose ... Fire department officer
Yoshiko Ieda ... Woman - Witness on rainy day
Toku Ihara ... Fisherman
Saburô Iketani ... Announcer at Nightclub
Kazuo Imai ... Visitor of nightclub
Hisaya Itô ... Misaki, the dissolved gangster
Minoru Itô ... Detective
Kôji Iwamoto ... Waiter in nightclub
Yoshio Katsube ... Detective
Keiichirô Katsumoto ... Visitor of nightclub
Haruya Katô ... Mattchan - Fisherman
Shigeo Katô ... Matsu-chan - Fisherman
Masayoshi Kawabe ... Visitor of nightclub
Ikuo Kawamura ... Policeman - Investigation room
Kawamata Kiichi ... Visitor of nightclub
Machiko Kitagawa ... Hanae, the hostess of nightclub
Hikaru Kitchôji ... A drinker in the nightclub
Takuzô Kumagai ... GSDF Officer (as Jirô Kumagai)
Akio Kusama ... Executive Police Officer
Mitsuo Matsumoto ... Neighbor in Chikako's apartment house
Hiromi Mineoka ... Visitor of nightclub
Kô Mishima ... Kishi, gangster in nightclub
Jirô Mitsuaki ... GDSF officer
Martha Miyake ... Chikako Arai (singing voice)

Haruo Nakajima ... Second dissolved sailor
Tetsu Nakamura ... Mr. Chin, gangster
Eisuke Nakanishi ... Policeman of detective room
Toshiko Nakano ... Mrs. Okami, apartment manager of Chikako
Yutaka Nakayama ... An-chan - gangster
Takashi Narita ... Member of countermeasure meeting for Liquid Man
Yôsuke Natsuki ... Man, witness on rainy day
Rinsaku Ogata ... Visitor of nightclub
Yasuzô Ogawa ... Visitor of nightclub
Yutaka Oka ... Search party leader (GSDF)
Matsue Ono ... Madam - neighbor of Nishiyama's house
Yutaka Sada ... Taxi driver who runs over Misaki
Keiji Sakakida ... Old policeman - Investigation room
Haruya Sakamoto ... Policeman
Hiroyuki Satake ... Waiter of nightclub
Kôichi Satô
Akira Sera ... Horita - Fisherman
Hideo Shibuya ... Reporter of newspaper
Yasuhiro Shigenobu ... Yasukichi - Fisherman
Ryôji Shimizu ... Reporter of newspaper
Masaki Shinohara ... Visitor of nightclub
Naomi Shiraishi ... Mineko, Dr.Maki's assistant
Shigemi Sunagawa ... Reporter of newspaper
Jirô Suzukawa ... Visitor of nightclub
Haruo Suzuki ... Policeman
Masaaki Tachibana ... Nightclub manager
Katsumi Tezuka ... Captain of fishing boat
Shirô Tsuchiya ... Executive Police Officer
Mitsuo Tsuda ... Executive Police Officer
Soji Ubukata ... Executive Police Officer
Yoshiyuki Uemura ... Reporter of newspaper
Kôji Uruki ... Detective
Akira Yamada ... Policeman Wakasugi - Witness on rainy day
Keisuke Yamada ... Member of countermeasure meeting for Liquid Man
Minosuke Yamada ... Chief of Inspectors Kusuda
Ren Yamamoto ... Saeki, gangstar
Shin Yoshida ... A drinker in the nightclub
Takuya Yuki ... Reporter of newspaper
Moori Yukiko ... Nurse of The Joto University Hospital
Senkichi Ômura ... First Dissolved Sailor (Let me try on the pants!)
Yasuo Ônishi ... Member of countermeasure meeting for Liquid Man (as Yasumasa Ônishi)
Shin Ôtomo ... Hamano, nightclub gangster
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Directed by
Ishirô Honda 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Takeshi Kimura  writer
Hideo Unagami  story

Produced by
Tomoyuki Tanaka .... producer
Original Music by
Masaru Satô 
Cinematography by
Hajime Koizumi 
Film Editing by
Kazuji Taira 
Production Design by
Takeo Kita 
Production Management
Teruo Maki .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kôji Kajita .... assistant director
Yoshio Nakamura .... assistant director
Sound Department
Chôshichirô Mikami .... sound
Masanobu Miyazaki .... sound
Special Effects by
Hidesaburo Araki .... special effects
Sadamasa Arikawa .... special effects photogrphy
Kaimai Eizo .... molding of liquid man
Hiroshi Mukoyama .... special effects compositor
Keizô Murase .... molding of liquid man
Masao Shigeta .... special effects camera
Eiji Tsuburaya .... director of special effects
Akira Watanabe .... special effects art director
Visual Effects by
Kuichirô Kishida .... special effects lighting
Hiroshi Mukoyama .... optical printing
Camera and Electrical Department
Tsuruzô Nishikawa .... lighting technician
Matsuo Yoshizaki .... still photographer
Music Department
Martha Miyake .... singing voice: Yuma Shirakawa (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Bijo to Ekitainingen" - Japan (original title)
"Beauty and the Liquidman" - International (English title) (literal title)
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87 min | USA:79 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Perspecta Stereo (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Did You Know?

In the original Japanese version, the detectives make a big deal out of the fact that Chikako owns a television. At the time this was made, 1958, a television set was still beyond the budget of the typical Japanese family.See more »
Miscellaneous: 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 »
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Blob (1958)See more »
The Magic BeginsSee more »


What are the differences between the US Version and the Japanese Version?
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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Colorful and entertaining; among the best of Japanese sci-fi., 28 December 2004
Author: Dhawley-2 from Virginia, United States

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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