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The Human Vapor (1960)

Gasu ningen dai 1 gô (original title)
Not Rated | | Sci-Fi, Thriller | 20 May 1964 (USA)
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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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
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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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Something Evil Has Drifted Into the City. See more »

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Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Not Rated
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Cult music group Man or Astroman? took their name from a line in the film's trailer. See more »

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Follows Densô ningen (1960) See more »

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A Somber one from Toho.
21 December 2004 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

Somber screenplay writer Takeshi Kimura at his best. Probably the most sad and dramatic of all Toho sci-fi epics. Here, we have the title character, who is a librarian in his real life, willing to make sacrifices to pamper his lover, the Kabuki dancer, even if it resorts to chaos and havoc. Caught in the mix is a policeman and a reporter, out to catch the rampaging "Vapor Man" before he causes any more harm. I usually prefer more light-heated pieces, like the works of writer Shinichi Sekizawa. Though this is a really dark film, which could use more lighter themes, it is a movie with a very compelling story with an astounding climax. A good thriller even by today's standards.

Grade B


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