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The Human Vapor (1960)

Gasu ningen dai 1 gô (original title)
Not Rated | | Sci-Fi, Thriller | 20 May 1964 (USA)
A librarian is subject to a scientific experiment which goes wrong and transforms him into 'The Human Vapour'. He uses his new ability to rob banks to fund the career of his girlfriend, a ... See full summary »

Director:

Ishirô Honda

Writer:

Takeshi Kimura
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatsuya Mihashi ... Detective Okamoto
Kaoru Yachigusa Kaoru Yachigusa ... Fujichiyo Kasuga
Yoshio Tsuchiya Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Mizuno, the Librarian / The 'Vapor Man'
Keiko Sata Keiko Sata ... Reporter Kyoko
Hisaya Itô Hisaya Itô ... Police Scientist
Yoshifumi Tajima Yoshifumi Tajima ... Sergeant
Yoshio Kosugi Yoshio Kosugi ... Mean Detective
Fuyuki Murakami Fuyuki Murakami ... Dr. Sano
Bokuzen Hidari ... Jiya (Fujichiyo's Attendant)
Takamaru Sasaki Takamaru Sasaki ... Police Chief
Minosuke Yamada Minosuke Yamada ... Official
Tatsuo Matsumura ... Editor Ikeda
Yôyô Miyata Yôyô Miyata
Kô Mishima Kô Mishima ... Detective Fujita
Kôzô Nomura Kôzô Nomura ... Kyoko's Fellow Reporter
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A librarian is subject to a scientific experiment which goes wrong and transforms him into 'The Human Vapour'. He uses his new ability to rob banks to fund the career of his girlfriend, a beautiful dancer. The Human Vapour is ruthless in his quest for money and kills anyone who stands in his way, especially police. He soon becomes Tokyo's most wanted criminal. Can he be stopped before he kills again? Written by INFOFREAKO

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It Loves Like a Man! See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 May 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Toho Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When August Ragone worked at MGM, he pulled the files for both The Human Vapor and Gorath (another Brenco release) and, though they had been acquired long before May 1964, there was no indication, at least in the files, that they had been exhibited before that. MGM still owns 35mm elements Brenco used for their heavily bastardized edited versions of those films, but as he recall they were all in extremely poor condition. See more »

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Entertaining with a lot of depth
18 September 2001 | by Hessian499See all my reviews

The title may suggest a bad sci-fi movie, but this film is actually quite dramatic and well produced. Part mystery and part science fiction, it is well acted and the special effects of the man turning into the vapor is expertly done. The segments of the Vapor traveling about the city and telling of his experiences are a high point of the movie, and explain what it would feel like to actually be a cloud of gas. The central story, of the attraction between the Vapor and the dancer, is well written and effectively developed on screen. This is an example of a Japanese science fiction film that often gets overshadowed by the likes of Godzilla and Rodan, but is quite good on its own merits. Watch it if you get the chance!


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