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The H-Man (1958)

Bijo to ekitai ningen (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi | 28 May 1959 (USA)
When a narcotics deal goes sour and a suspect disappears, leaving only his clothes, Tokyo police question his wife and stake out the nightclub where she works. His disappearance stumps the ... See full summary »


Ishirô Honda


Takeshi Kimura, Hideo Unagami (story)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yumi Shirakawa Yumi Shirakawa ... Chikako Arai, singer in the nightclub
Kenji Sahara Kenji Sahara ... Dr. Masada
Akihiko Hirata ... Inspector Tominaga
Eitarô Ozawa ... Police Sgt. Miyashita (as Eitaro Ozawa)
Koreya Senda ... Dr. Maki
Makoto Satô ... Uchida, gangstar
Hisaya Itô Hisaya Itô ... Misaki, the dissolved gangster
Machiko Kitagawa Machiko Kitagawa ... Hanae, the hostess of nightclub
Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Detective Taguchi
Naomi Shiraishi Naomi Shiraishi ... Mineko, Dr.Maki's assistant
Kô Mishima Kô Mishima ... Kishi, gangster in nightclub
Yoshifumi Tajima Yoshifumi Tajima ... Detective Sakata
Tetsu Nakamura Tetsu Nakamura ... Mr. Chin, gangster
Haruya Katô Haruya Katô ... Mattchan - Fisherman
Ayumi Sonoda Ayumi Sonoda ... Emi, lead exotic dancer


When a narcotics deal goes sour and a suspect disappears, leaving only his clothes, Tokyo police question his wife and stake out the nightclub where she works. His disappearance stumps the police - until a young scientist appears who claims that H-Bomb tests in the Pacific, evidenced by a "ghost ship" that has turned up in the harbor, have created radioactive creatures - "H-Men" - who ooze like slime and dissolve anyone they touch. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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Did You Know?


In the original Japanese version, after the stock shots of the hydrogen bomb tests, the title, cast and credits are matted over shots of the "ghost ship" in Tokyo Bay. For the U.S. English dubbed version, the title, cast and credits are matted over a shot of an H-Man in the sewer system. Since there are fewer cast and credits on screen in the U.S. version, Masaru Sato's opening score was skillfully edited into a shorter version. See more »


In the English subtitled version prepared for the 2009 U.S. DVD release, the subtitles give Kenji Sahara's character's name as "Asada" through most of the film. In the final fourth of the film, the subtitles properly give his name as "Masada." See more »


Dr. Maki: [last line, delivered as voice-over] If man perishes from the face of the Earth, due to the effects of hydrogen bombing, it is possible that the next ruler of our planet may be The H-Man.
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Crazy Credits

In an unusual move, Columbia Pictures did not matte the English "The End" over the final shot. It appears in Japanese as it did in the original Japanese version. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Japanese version shows one of the dancers melt to leave nothing but her G-string, but this was cut from the U.S. version, which is missing several other scenes, including an investigation scene at Nishiyama's house. See more »


Referenced in The Blob (1958) See more »

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Nightmares for weeks as a child
21 July 2004 | by transient52See all my reviews

I saw this when it was first released in 1958 in Sydney. The theatre was a very large and cold cinema. The atmosphere of the environs only added to the atmosphere of the film. I was six at the time but I can still remember it fairly vividly today - nearly forty years later. It gave me nightmares for weeks.

I always thought this was the movie that the Blob was based on although the release dates seem to be fairly close. This by far was the better movie of the two. I have seen this once again in my older years and it still resurrects memories of those childhood nightmares.

I would love to be able to obtain a copy of the film but it seems these days no-one seems to know of it.

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Release Date:

28 May 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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