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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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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 »

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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Taglines:

They come from another world.... They want three kilometers of land--and...FIVE of your WOMEN! 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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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

Tadao Nakamaru played a first lieutenant in this film. It was his first feature film role in a career that spanned almost 40 years. 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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Connections

Followed by Battle in Outer Space (1959) See more »

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A rousing science fiction film.
12 July 1999 | by kelsciSee all my reviews

I saw this film in Tohoscope in 1958 or 1959 in Jamaica,N.Y. The "star" of the movie is its excellent storyline. You might say that this film is a Japanese version of "War of the Worlds". The film with its technological weapons and style has a resemblance to the James Bond films that would come a few years later. My nickname above is actually a tribute to those films that featured such fabulous superweapons. The battle between the mysterians' Helicons and the Earth's Marcolights are first rate. Also quite neat are the two flying airships deployed against the Mysterians by the Earth forces.

I believe this was Toho's studios' best film made. Those who may think this film is too antiquated by the standards of special effects that have developed since "200l" and Lucasfilms should still try to view this film if they have never seen it.


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