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The Human Vapor (1960)

Gasu ningen dai 1 gô (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, 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 ... Bank Manager
Kô Mishima Kô Mishima ... Detective Fujita
Kôzô Nomura Kôzô Nomura ... Kyoko's Fellow Reporter
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Storyline

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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Something Evil Has Drifted Into the City. See more »

Genres:

Crime | 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:

The Human Vapor See more »

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Production Co:

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

Cult music group Man or Astroman? took their name from a line in the film's trailer. See more »

Alternate Versions

Although conceived as a literary and character driven story, the Japanese version, which contains footage not in the U.S. version, is told for almost the first third as a mystery. The re-edited version from Brenco has these parts of the story told from Mizuno's point of view, which Yoshio Tsuchiya prefers. See more »

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Featured in Movie Macabre: The Human Vapor (1983) See more »

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Music from the film
8 January 2002 | by elmoxhamSee all my reviews

I saw this film only once, in Sydney around 1977, and was called "Vapour Man". I have looked for it sporadically since due to the soundtrack. The theme is as haunting as Bernard Herrman or Elmer Bernstein and was implanted into my mind until a couple of years ago when I was unable to recall it. Japanese cinema and TV series like "The Samurai" and "Phantom Agents" were almost as influential on Australian kids of the time as American and British products and luck we were indeed. Really heartbreaking theme.


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