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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 »

Director:

Ishirô Honda

Writers:

Takeshi Kimura, Hideo Unagami (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yumi Shirakawa Yumi Shirakawa ... Chikako Arai, singer in the nightclub
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 ... Detective Sakata
Tetsu Nakamura Tetsu Nakamura ... Mr. Chin, gangster
Haruya Katô Haruya Katô ... Mattchan - Fisherman
Ayumi Sonoda Ayumi Sonoda ... Emi, lead exotic dancer
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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You'll Be Gripped By Unholy Horror When You Realize What H Really Means! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Yasuko Nakada was considered for the role of Emi, the dissolved dancer. See more »

Goofs

When the men are exploring the abandoned boat, they are carrying lanterns, but the shadow of the lanterns appear on their faces an bodies. This is because the shot was lit from the camera's position, rather than from the actual lantern itself (which would light up their faces, not cast a shadow.) See more »

Quotes

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

For the original U.S. theatrical and television syndication prints, "The End" appears in its original Japanese. When Columbia finally released this film on DVD as part of a three film Toho Collection, the final seconds were replaced with a title card that read "The End" in English. When it was re-released on DVD by Mill Creek Entertainment as part of the "Vintage Sci-Fi" six film set, the final seconds were restored to the original Japanese footage. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in The Frighteners (1996) See more »

User Reviews

 
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11 May 2003 | by Space_MafuneSee all my reviews

THE H-MAN is a fine, and most rare, blend of film noir and 1950s Japanese science fiction. The film is filled with startling visuals from start to finish. It grabs your attention and rarely lets up. Favorite scenes involve the events inside the derelict ghost ship and all the scenes in the nightclub which abound with the right atmosphere. Stylistic and often startling visually, this is a lot of fun to watch and get into. It does require one to suspend their disbelief quite a bit though.


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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

28 May 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The H-Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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