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The Human Vapor (1960)
"Gasu ningen dai 1 gô" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  20 May 1964 (USA)
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A librarian is subject to a scientific experiment which goes wrong and transforms him into 'The Human Vapour'. He uses his new ability to rob banks to fund the career of his girlfriend, a ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatsuya Mihashi ...
Detective Okamoto
Kaoru Yachigusa ...
Fujichiyo Kasuga
Yoshio Tsuchiya ...
Mizuno, the Librarian / The 'Vapor Man'
Keiko Sata ...
Reporter Kyoko
Hisaya Itô ...
Police Scientist
Yoshifumi Tajima ...
Sergeant
Yoshio Kosugi ...
Mean Detective
Fuyuki Murakami ...
Dr. Sano
Bokuzen Hidari ...
Jiya (Fujichiyo's Attendant)
Takamaru Sasaki ...
Police Chief
Minosuke Yamada ...
Official
Tatsuo Matsumura ...
Editor Ikeda
Yôyô Miyata
Kô Mishima ...
Detective Fujita
Kôzô Nomura ...
Kyoko's Fellow Reporter
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A librarian is subject to a scientific experiment which goes wrong and transforms him into 'The Human Vapour'. He uses his new ability to rob banks to fund the career of his girlfriend, a beautiful dancer. The Human Vapour is ruthless in his quest for money and kills anyone who stands in his way, especially police. He soon becomes Tokyo's most wanted criminal. Can he be stopped before he kills again? Written by INFOFREAKO

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Although conceived as a literary and character driven story, the Japanese version, which contains footage not in the U.S. version, is told for almost the first third as a mystery. The re-edited version from Brenco has these parts of the story told from Mizuno's point of view, which Yoshio Tsuchiya prefers. The American cut replaces all of Kunio Miyauchi's original music, much of it replaced by Paul Sawtell's music from Fly, The (1958), as well as the traditional Noh music for Fujichiyo's dances, which becomes orchestral Kabuki music, a switch that made Yoshio Tsuchiya laugh aloud in the theatre when he saw the American cut for the first time. See more »

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Really worth watching...REALLY!
7 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Human Vapor is a surprisingly worthwhile change from the usual round of men in rubber suit Japanese horror films. It is an effective cross between The Invisible Man and Phantom of the Opera with just a dash of Hangover Square.

The kabuki sequences were very well staged. The musical score is lush, heartfelt and at times quite moving. It has tremendous production values and some good, sincere acting.

It is marred only by over-abundant comic relief and choppy editing (although the latter is almost certainly the fault of it's American distributors).

It is also hampered by its current un-availability in any medium. My sad, long out of print, much-abused VHS rental copy is close to 20 years old and appears to have been made from a very worn out, badly scratched and faded TV print.

Does anyone know of a restored print? A letter-boxed version? A DVD???? All in all though, it is worth watching....really.


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