The H-Man (1958)
|Transforming Human Series|
Molecular man terrifies the world!
— English tagline
The H-Man (美女と液体人間 is a Bijo to Ekitainingen, lit. Beauty and Liquid Men)1958 tokusatsu science fiction film produced by Toho It is considered to be the first entry in Toho's Transforming Human Series, followed by The Secret of the Telegian and The Human Vapor. It was released to Japanese theaters on June 24, 1958 and to American theaters on May 28, 1959.
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Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Ishiro Honda
- Written by Takeshi Kimura, Hideo Kaijo
- Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka
- Music by Masaru Sato
- Cinematography by Hajime Koizumi
- Edited by Kazuji Taira
- Production Design by Takeo Kita
- Special Effects by Eiji Tsuburaya
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Yumi Shirakawa as Chikako Arai
- Kenji Sahara as Doctor Masada
- Akihiko Hirata as Inspector Tominaga
- Koreya Senda as Doctor Maki
- Makoto Sato as Uchida
- Yoshifumi Tajima as Detective Sakata
- Eitaro Ozawa as Inspector Miyashita
- Yoshio Tsuchiya as Detective
- Kamayuki Tsubono as Detective
- Tadao Nakamaru as Detective
- Nadao Kirino as Waiter Shimazaki
- Kan Hayashi as Police Officer
- Mitzuo Tsuda as Police Officer
- Akio Kusama as Police Officer
- Jun Fujiro as Nishiyama
- Hisaya Ito as Gangster Misaki
- Haruya Kato as Mattchan
- Shigeo Kato as Matsu
- Ko Mishima as Gangster Kishi
- Tetsu Nakamura as Gangster Mr. Chin
- Toshiko Nakano as Apartment Manager Mrs. Okami
- Minosuke Yamada as Chief of Inspectors
- Senkichi Omura as Sailer Daichan
- Shin Otomo as Gangster Hamano
- Machiko Kitagawa as Hanae
- Akira Sera as Horita
- Naomi Shiraishi as Mineko
- Ayumi Sonoda as Emi
Weapons, Vehicles, and Races
- Beauty and Liquid Men (Literal Japanese Title)
- The H Man (L'Homme H; France)
- The Horror Creeps Through Tokyo (Das Grauen Schleicht Durch Tokio; Germany)
- Main article: The H-Man/Gallery.
- Main article: The H-Man (Soundtrack).
- Japan - June 24, 1958
- United States - May 28, 1959
- West Germany - May 29, 1959
- Italy - September 1959
- Sweden - November 2, 1959
- Finland - December 11, 1959
- Australia - 1959
- France - 1959
- Mexico - February 25, 1960
- Denmark - March 12, 1962
The H-Man was released by Columbia Pictures in the United States in 1959. Columbia cut approximately eight minutes of footage from the film in order to improve the pacing and remove some of the less convincing special effects shots. The American cut of the film also removed any mention of the H-Men retaining their human memories.
In 1987, Columbia renewed their license for the film and retains the American distribution rights to this day. In 2009, it released the original Japanese cut of The H-Man, as well as the American edit, through Sony on DVD in a triple feature with Mothra and Battle in Outer Space.
The H-Man was positively received by critics after its American theatrical release. A New York Herald Tribune film critic at the time called it, "A good-natured poke at atom-bomb tests... The picture is plainly making a case against the use of nuclear bombs. At the same time, there is a great deal of lively entertainment in the story involving police, dope smugglers, scientists and some very pretty Japanese girls."
The H-Man has been praised for blending various film genres, most notably Japanese mafia or "Yakuza" films and science-fiction kaiju films which were both popular at the time, and for Eiji Tsuburaya's special effects. The H-Man later inspired two other Toho films revolving around human-sized superpowered kaijin, The Human Vapor, also directed by Ishiro Honda, and The Secret of the Telegian, directed by Jun Fukuda.
Toho DVD (2005)
- Region: 2
- Discs: 1
- Audio: Japanese (2.0 Mono, 3.1, 5.1 Surround)
- Subtitles: Japanese
- Special Features: Audio commentary by actor Kenji Sahara and writer Kenji Konuta, ""The Staff Reflect on The H-Man" documentary (45 minutes), Japanese theatrical trailer
Sony DVD (2009)
- Region: 1
- Discs: 3
- Audio: Japanese (2.0 Mono) and English (2.0 Mono)
- Subtitles: English
- Special Features: Audio commentary by Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski (Mothra and Battle in Outer Space), trailers
- Notes: Packaged with Battle in Outer Space and Mothra.
Anolis DVD + Blu-ray (2017)
- Region: 2 (DVD) and B/2 (Blu-ray)
- Discs: 1
- Audio: Japanese, English (2.0 mono)
- Subtitles: German (for the Japanese version only)
- Special Features: Two audio commentaries (the first by Dr. Rolf Giesen and Jörg M. Jedner, the second by Jörg Buttgereit, Bodo Traber and Alexander Iffländer), gallery of promotional materials (4 minutes), film program gallery (1 minutes), still gallery (3 minutes), German theatrical trailer, 16-page booklet
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