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

 -  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 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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Entertaining with a lot of depth
18 September 2001 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

The title may suggest a bad sci-fi movie, but this film is actually quite dramatic and well produced. Part mystery and part science fiction, it is well acted and the special effects of the man turning into the vapor is expertly done. The segments of the Vapor traveling about the city and telling of his experiences are a high point of the movie, and explain what it would feel like to actually be a cloud of gas. The central story, of the attraction between the Vapor and the dancer, is well written and effectively developed on screen. This is an example of a Japanese science fiction film that often gets overshadowed by the likes of Godzilla and Rodan, but is quite good on its own merits. Watch it if you get the chance!


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