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The Mysterians (1957)

Chikyû Bôeigun (original title)
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Aliens arrive on Earth and ask permission to be given a certain tract of land for their people to live on. But when they are discovered to be invaders, responsible for the giant robot that ... See full summary »

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Ishirô Honda

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Takeshi Kimura, Jôjirô Okami (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenji Sahara Kenji Sahara ... Joji Atsumi
Yumi Shirakawa Yumi Shirakawa ... Etsuko Shiraishi
Momoko Kôchi ... Hiroko Iwamoto
Akihiko Hirata ... Ryoichi Shiraishi
Takashi Shimura ... Dr. Tanjiro Adachi
Susumu Fujita Susumu Fujita ... Gen. Morita
Hisaya Itô Hisaya Itô ... Capt. Seki
Yoshio Kosugi Yoshio Kosugi ... Cmdr. Sugimoto
Fuyuki Murakami Fuyuki Murakami ... Dr. Nobu Kawanami
Yoshio Tsuchiya Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Leader of the Mysterians
Minosuke Yamada Minosuke Yamada ... The Secretary of Defense Hamamoto
Tetsu Nakamura Tetsu Nakamura ... Dr. Koda
Heihachirô Ôkawa Heihachirô Ôkawa ... Person at Board Meeting
Takeo Oikawa Takeo Oikawa ... Announcer on TV
Haruya Katô Haruya Katô ... Doomed Villager
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Storyline

Aliens arrive on Earth and ask permission to be given a certain tract of land for their people to live on. But when they are discovered to be invaders, responsible for the giant robot that is destroying cities, the armed forces attempt to stop them with every weapon available. Written by Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>

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The greatest science-fiction picture ever conceived by the mind of man! See more »


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TV-Y7 | See all certifications »
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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

15 May 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mysterians See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$975,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1978 Toho Champion Festival)

Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)| Mono (US prints)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Mogera suit, originally worn by Haruo Nakajima, was, after filming, kept in storage in one of Tôhô's visual effects soundstages until 1974, when it was destroyed in a fire on the lot, caused by a pyrotechnical accident during the filming of Nosutoradamusu no daiyogen (1974). See more »

Goofs

One of the bicyclist firefighters has a very southern-US accent, when the on-screen actors are obviously Japanese. This occurs is the second English dubbed version done for U.S. DVD release, not the version shown in U.S. theaters starting in 1959. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Tanjiro Adachi: Some escaped. The nations of the world must now stay united in the struggle against unknown forces instead of fighting each other.
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Alternate Versions

In the original japanese version but edited out for the US release, during the final battle there is a brief scene with a second Mogera (the giant robot). Also, the ending is slightly different. See more »

Connections

Edited into Attack of the 50 Foot Monster Mania (1999) See more »

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The Science Fiction Film Most Worthy of a Remake
29 March 2005 | by Bob-45See all my reviews

How many American science fiction movies have conceived of survivors of the lost 10th planet (source of the asteroid belt) occupying a small chunk of territory before being attacked? NONE! Although "The Mysterians" uses some logical lapses to make the invaders clearly the bad guys (just WHY did they send the giant robot BEFORE attempting peaceful coexistance) and progresses WAY too quickly to its rousing finale (the world had these plans for superweapons just laying around), "The Mysterians" is an exciting, entertaining addition to any one's collection of "space invader movies." Well photographed, beautifully scored, decently executed (for the 50s) special effects" and freshly conceived, "The Mysterians" is better, in many ways than later films such as "Independance Day" and "V". Too bad Toho didn't make it longer and make a sequel (though it appears, that's what "Battle in Outer Space" was originally supposed to be.) See it.


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