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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 Kenji Sahara ... Dr. Masada
Akihiko Hirata ... Inspector Tominaga
Eitarô Ozawa Eitarô Ozawa ... Police Sgt. Miyashita
Koreya Senda Koreya Senda ... Dr. Maki
Makoto Satô Makoto Satô ... Uchida, gangstar
Hisaya Itô Hisaya Itô ... Misaki, the dissolved gangster
Machiko Kitagawa Machiko Kitagawa ... Hanae, the hostess of nightclub
Yoshio Tsuchiya 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
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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>

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ALL H- BREAKS LOOSE! (original ad - all caps) See more »


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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The dissolving effect was created by deflating life-sized inflatable human figures, filming them in fast-motion, and then running the film at normal speed. See more »

Goofs

In the nightclub sequences, there seems to be more performers in their floor show than there are customers. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Maki: [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 »

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Referenced in The Blob (1958) See more »

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Creepy and Crawly Sci-Fi.
11 January 2004 | by OllieSuave-007See all my reviews

One of my favorite films from Toho, a story about the city of Tokyo being terrorized by a transparent, liquid, radiated being called the H-Man. One-by-one, people start to disappear and it's up to the policeman and scientists to crack the case. This movie combines pure sci-fi and film-noir, giving us tense and non-stop thrills. Just the plot of policemen investigating drug dealers and scientists investigating the H-Man effects, with a beautiful nightclub singer mixed in, are pure excitement. A good, dramatic, but hopeful story from Takeshi Kimura and good directing from Ishiro Honda. A strong message of the consequences of misusing the hydrogen bomb is delivered in this film. I've only seen the English-dubbed version so far, but the dubbing was very good. Even the nightclub songs sang by Yumi Shirakawa fit the English dubbing. The nightclub scenes are a real treat. This movie ranges as one of the best non-Godzilla films from Toho.

Grade A


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