Invisible Man (1954)
Invisible Man (透明人間 is a Tōmei Ningen)1954 tokusatsu kaijin film directed by Motoyoshi Oda and written by Shigeaki Hidaka, with special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya. Produced by Toho, it is loosely based on the novel The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells. It stars Seizaburo Kawazu, Miki Sanjo, Minoru Takada, Yoshio Tsuchiya, and Kenjiro Uemura. The film was released to Japanese theaters on December 29, 1954, as a double feature with Shigetaro Iwami: The Battle of Amanohashidate.
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- Main article: Invisible Man (film)/Credits.
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Motoyoshi Oda
- Written by Shigeaki Hidaka
- Story by Kei Beppu
- Inspired by the novel The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells
- Executive producer Takeo Kita
- Music by Kyosuke Kami
- Cinematography by Eiji Tsuburaya
- Edited by Shuichi Anbara
- Production design by Teruaki Abe
- 1st assistant director Teruo Maru
- Director of special effects Eiji Tsuburaya
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Seizaburo Kawazu as Takamitsu Nanjo / Invisible Man Nanjo
- Miki Sanjo as Michiyo, the singer
- Minoru Takada as Yajima, gang boss
- Yoshio Tsuchiya as Komatsu, reporter
- Kenjiro Uemura as Ken
- Kamatari Fujiwara as Mariko's grandfather
- Fuyuki Murakami as Chief Editor Yamada
- Sonosuke Sawamura as Nomura, Dietman
- Seijiro Onda as Chief of Metropolitan Police
- Shin Otomo as detective
- Noriko Shigeyama as nightclub dancer
- Keiko Kondo as Mariko, young girl
- Haruo Suzuki as man in nightclub
- Masao Mizuno as Joe
- Haruo Nakajima as Invisible Man Akita
- Akira Sera as man at street stand
- Yutaka Oka as TV announcer
- Shoichi Hirose as policeman
- Yasuhisa Tsutsumi as jewelry shop manager
- Jiro Kumagai as Otsuka
- Minoru Ito as man in car (traffic accident)
- Keiko Mori as woman in car (traffic accident)
- Main article: Invisible Man (film)/Gallery.
- The Invisible Avenger (English Netflix title)
- The Invisible Man (alternate translation)
- Transparent Man (alternate translation)
Toho DVD (2007/2015)
- Region: 2
- Discs: 1
- Audio: Japanese (Mono)
- Subtitles: None
- Special features: Booklet, photo gallery
- Region: A
- Discs: 2
- Audio: Japanese (Mono)
- Subtitles: Japanese
- Special features: Audio commentaries for The H-Man (Kenji Sahara), The Secret of the Telegian (Tadao Nakamaru), and The Human Vapor (Kaoru Yachigusa)
- Notes: Packaged with The H-Man, The Secret of the Telegian, and The Human Vapor.
- This was the second Japanese adaptation of H. G. Wells' The Invisible Man, the first being Daiei's The Invisible Man Appears in 1949, for which Eiji Tsuburaya also acted as the director of special effects.
- Invisible Man was the first science fiction film produced by Toho following the release of Godzilla. Its director, Motoyoshi Oda, would go on to direct Godzilla Raids Again, the sequel to Godzilla, the following year.
- Invisible Man was a primary influence on Toho's Transforming Human Series, a trilogy of science fiction films produced from 1958 to 1960.
- Actor Yoshio Tsuchiya originally wanted to play the Invisible Man in this film instead of Komatsu. Tsuchiya would eventually be cast as the titular kaijin in The Human Vapor in 1960.
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