The Invisible Man Appears (1949)

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The Invisible Man Appears
The Japanese poster for The Invisible Man Appears
Directed by Nobuo Adachi
Producer Hisashi Okuda
Written by Nobuo Adachi (screenwriter),
Akimitsu Takagi (story),
H. G. Wells (novel)
Distributor Daiei
Rating Not Rated
Running time 87 minutes
(1 hour, 27 minutes)
Aspect ratio 1.37:1
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Do not confuse with Toho's Invisible Man (1954).
There is no good or evil in science, but it can be used for good or evil purposes. (科学に善悪はありません。たヾそれを使う人の心によって善ともなり、悪ともなるのです。)

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The Invisible Man Appears (透明人間現わる,   Tōmei Ningen Arawaru) is a 1949 Japanese tokusatsu science-fiction film directed and written by Nobuo Adachi and based on a story by Akimitsu Takagi, with special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya. Produced by Daiei, it is a loose adaptation of the novel The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells. It stars Ryunosuke Tsukigata, Chizuru Kitagawa, Takiko Mizunoe, Daijiro Natsukawa, and Kanji Koshiba. The film was released to Japanese theaters by Daiei on September 26, 1949.

Daiei produced a second, unconnected, film loosely inspired by The Invisible Man titled The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly in 1957.

Plot[edit | edit source]

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Staff[edit | edit source]

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

Cast[edit | edit source]

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Ryunosuke Tsukigata   as   Dr. Kenzo Nakazato
  • Chizuru Kitagawa   as   Machiko Nakazato
  • Takiko Mizunoe   as   Ryuko Mizuki
  • Daijiro Natsukawa   as   Kyosuke Segi
  • Kanji Koshiba   as   Shunji Kurokawa
  • Teruko Omi   as   Kimiko Chosokabe
  • Kichijiro Ueda   as   Otoharu Sugimoto
  • Shosaku Sugiyama   as   Ichiro Kawabe
  • Mitsusaburo Ramon   as   Matsubara, lead investigator

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Monsters[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: The Invisible Man Appears/Gallery.

Alternate titles[edit | edit source]

  • The Transparent Man Appears (alternate translation)
  • The Transparent Man (alternate English title)

Video releases[edit | edit source]

Kadokawa DVD (2005)

  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (Mono)
  • Notes: Released on December 22, 2005

Kadokawa DVD (2014)

  • Discs: 1
  • Region: 2
  • Audio: Japanese (Mono)
  • Subtitles: Japanese

Arrow Video Blu-ray (2021)[1]

  • Region: A, B, C
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Special features: Booklet containing essays by Keith Allison, Hayley Scanlon, and Tom Vincent (first pressing only), interview with critic and genre scholar Kim Newman, trailer for The Invisible Man Appears, photo galleries
  • Notes: Packaged with The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly. Released on March 15, 2021.

Follow-up[edit | edit source]

Daiei made a second film inspired by H. G. Wells' novel The Invisible Man, titled The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly (透明人間と蝿男,   Tōmei Ningen to Hae Otoko), which was released to Japanese theaters on August 25, 1957.

Videos[edit | edit source]

Japanese The Invisible Man Appears theatrical trailer (subtitled)
The full film (subtitled)

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Invisible Man Appears was one of Eiji Tsuburaya's earliest special effects projects. Tsuburaya would become renowned for his work on Godzilla five years later in 1954.
  • Daiei's rival studio Toho would later produce its own adaptation of The Invisible Man, simply titled Invisible Man, also in 1954. Eiji Tsuburaya would also work as a cinematographer and special effects director on that film.

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for The Invisible Man Appears. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. "The Invisible Man Appears / The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly Blu-ray". Arrow Films. 18 December 2020.


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