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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 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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Dreamlike and somber fantasy from Toho
3 July 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

"The Human Vapor" is a more somber effort from the legendary Toho studio, best known for producing the Godzilla series. It proves there's a lot more to Japanese b-film-making than just giant lizards. Despite the laughable dubbing and occasionally bizarre reediting of the film, it works in the end with a climax more depressing than expected. The lead performances by Yoshio Tsuchiya and Kaoru Yachigusa are both sympathetic and accomplished (once again, looking past the dubbing). And just like "Matango" and "The Manster", this has a surreal and dreamlike atmosphere that makes the proceedings all the more compelling. There's no scientific explanation for any of the events, which certainly works in this movie's favor. Its not really science fiction, but more of a fantasy. "The Human Vapor" is rather difficult to come across, but if you do manage to track it down, by all means watch it. Its not perfect, but surprisingly emotional and with more depth than most of these films. (6/10)


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