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The Mysterians (1957)

Chikyû Bôeigun (original title)
TV-Y7 | | Action, Family, Sci-Fi | 15 May 1959 (USA)
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Shortly after a giant robot destroys a village, aliens from outer space arrive offering friendship. Will stupid Earth creatures tie these two events together?

Director:

Ishirô Honda

Writers:

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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From behind the moon they come...to invade the Earth! Abduct its women! Level its cities! See more »


Certificate:

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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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

Byron Morrow's first film voice over. See more »

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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 »

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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 »

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Colourful, toy-like sci-fi romp although occasionally draggy
5 March 2005 | by DrLeneraSee all my reviews

Although best known for their Godzilla series, Japan's Toho Studios made many other sci fi and fantasy films. This was the first of many that would be about aliens from another world invading Earth {that idea would be later incorporated into quite a few Godzilla films}. It's dated in some respects but still pretty good fun and must have seemed quite impressive at the time of it's western release. Before that the only major film that dealt with alien invasion on a "full scale,open war" kind of level was The War Of The Worlds, and The Mysterians attempts even more, if not quite succeeding, in the way of spectacle.

The first half hour is terrific, the characters are briefly introduced, strange things happen and a large bird-like robot goes on the rampage in Godzilla fashion. After this,things go downhill a little bit, too much time is taken up with meetings and the lengthy battle scenes between the aliens and the humans are a bit static and go on a little too long. Nevertherless there is a charming toy-like nature to these scenes, as various futuristic weapons are employed against the invaders.

Special effects are occasionally poor {watch out for the awful superimposed explosions} but generally better than most Hollywood sci fi films of the time. Filmed in very garish colour {which particularly highlights the alien's costumes} and with a tremendous main march theme by Akira Ifikube, the Mysterians has it's dull bits, but is still worth watching for some childish fun. Toho would perfect the alien invasion idea two years later with the incredible Battle In Outer Space.


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