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The H-Man (1958) More at IMDbPro »Bijo to ekitai ningen (original title)


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Takeshi Kimura (written by)
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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  (in credits order)
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
Kan Hayashi ... Executive Police Officer
Minosuke Yamada ... Chief of Inspectors Kusuda
Jun Fujio ... Nishiyama, the dissolved gangstar
Ren Yamamoto ... Saeki, gangstar
Akira Sera ... Horita - Fisherman
Tadao Nakamaru ... Detective Seki
Yôsuke Natsuki ... Man, witness on rainy day
Yoshiko Ieda ... Woman - Witness on rainy day
Yasuhiro Shigenobu ... Yasukichi - Fisherman
Akira Yamada ... Policeman Wakasugi - Witness on rainy day
Nadao Kirino ... Shimazaki, the waiter-thug
Yutaka Sada ... Taxi driver who runs over Misaki
Shin Ôtomo ... Hamano, nightclub gangster
Sôji Ubukata ... Executive Police Officer
Mitsuo Tsuda ... Executive Police Officer
Yutaka Nakayama ... An-chan - gangster
Kamayuki Tsubono ... Detective Ogawa
Shigeo Katô ... Matsu-chan - Fisherman
Yutaka Oka ... Search party leader (GSDF)
Shôichi Hirose ... Fire department officer
Takuzô Kumagai ... GSDF Officer (as Jirô Kumagai)
Akio Kusama ... Executive Police Officer
Shirô Tsuchiya ... Executive Police Officer
Katsumi Tezuka ... Captain of fishing boat

Haruo Nakajima ... Second dissolved sailor
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)
Yukihiko Gondô ... Policeman
Kô Hayami ... Bartender of nightclub
Kazuo Hinata ... A drinker in the nightclub
Toku Ihara ... Fisherman
Saburô Iketani ... Announcer at Nightclub
Kazuo Imai ... Visitor of nightclub
Minoru Itô ... Detective
Kôji Iwamoto ... Waiter in nightclub
Yoshio Katsube ... Detective
Keiichirô Katsumoto ... Visitor of nightclub
Masayoshi Kawabe ... Visitor of nightclub
Ikuo Kawamura ... Policeman - Investigation room
Kawamata Kiichi ... Visitor of nightclub
Akira Kitchôji ... A drinker in the nightclub (as Hikaru Kitchôji)
Mitsuo Matsumoto ... Neighbor in Chikako's apartment house
Hiromi Mineoka ... Visitor of nightclub
Jirô Mitsuaki ... GDSF officer
Martha Miyake ... Chikako Arai (singing voice)
Eisuke Nakanishi ... Policeman of detective room
Toshiko Nakano ... Mrs. Okami, apartment manager of Chikako
Takashi Narita ... Member of countermeasure meeting for Liquid Man
Rinsaku Ogata ... Visitor of nightclub
Yasuzô Ogawa ... Visitor of nightclub
Matsue Ono ... Madam - neighbor of Nishiyama's house
Keiji Sakakida ... Old policeman - Investigation room
Haruya Sakamoto ... Policeman
Hiroyuki Satake ... Waiter of nightclub
Kôichi Satô
Hideo Shibuya ... Reporter of newspaper
Ryôji Shimizu ... Reporter of newspaper
Masaki Shinohara ... Visitor of nightclub
Shigemi Sunagawa ... Reporter of newspaper
Jirô Suzukawa ... Visitor of nightclub
Haruo Suzuki ... Policeman
Masaaki Tachibana ... Nightclub manager
Yoshiyuki Uemura ... Reporter of newspaper
Kôji Uruki ... Detective
Keisuke Yamada ... Member of countermeasure meeting for Liquid Man
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!)
Yasumasa Ônishi ... Member of countermeasure meeting for Liquid Man

Directed by
Ishirô Honda 
Writing credits
Takeshi Kimura (written by)

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 ekitai ningen" - 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)
Finland:K-16 | USA:Approved (PCA #19231) | West Germany:16 (nf) (cut)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Haruo Nakajima had two roles. One was "second dissolved sailor", another was "Liquid Human Being".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 Horror Business (2005) (V)See more »


What are the differences between the US Version and the Japanese Version?
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Green blob from Japan melts men in sensational style, 22 August 2004
Author: Steve Towsley from USA

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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