The Secret of the Telegian (1960)

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The Secret of the Telegian soundtrack

Transforming Human Series
The H-Man
The Secret of the Telegian
The Human Vapor
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The Japanese poster for The Secret of the Telegian
The Secret of the Telegian
Alternate Titles
Flagicon Japan.png Electrical Transmission Human (1960)
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Directed by Jun Fukuda
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka
Written by Shinichi Sekizawa
Music by Sei Ikeno
Distributor Toho
Rating Unrated
Running Time 85 minutes
(1 hour, 25 minutes)
Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
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The Secret of the Telegian (電送人間,   Densō Ningen, lit. Electrical Transmission Human) is a 1960 tokusatsu film produced by Toho. It is considered to be the second entry in Toho's Transforming Human Series, after The H-Man and preceding The Human Vapor. The film was released to Japanese theaters on April 10, 1960.


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

  • Directed by   Jun Fukuda
  • Written by   Shinichi Sekizawa
  • Produced by   Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Music by   Sei Ikeno
  • Cinematography by   Kazuo Yamada
  • Edited by   Ichiji Taira
  • Production Design by   Kyoe Hamagami and Takeo Kita
  • Assistant Directing by   Taku Nagano
  • Special Effects by   Eiji Tsuburaya
  • Assistant Director of Special Effects   Teruyoshi Nakano
  • Art Direction by   Akira Watanabe
  • Special Effects Photography by   Hidezaburo Araki
  • Lighting by   Kuichiro Kishida
  • Matte Process by   Hiroshi Mukoyama
  • Optical Photography by   Hidesaburo Araki


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

  • Koji Tsuruta   as   Reporter Kirioka
  • Yumi Shirakawa   as   Akiko Chujo
  • Yoshio Tsuchiya   as   Detective Captain Okazaki
  • Tadao Nakamaru   as   Sudo/Goro Nakamoto/The Telegian
  • Akihiko Hirata   as   Detective Kobayashi
  • Seizaburo Kawazu   as   Mr. Onishi
  • Yoshibumi Tajima   as   Syogen Ryu
  • Senkichi Omura   as   Fisherman
  • Hideyo Amamoto   as   Henchman of Onishi
  • Sachio Sakai   as   Mr. Taki
  • Takamaru Sasaki   as   Doctor Niki
  • Fuyuki Murakami   as   Doctor Murai
  • Ikio Sawamura   as   Amusement Park Announcer
  • Shin Otomo   as   Tsukamoto
  • Ren Yamamoto   as   Detective Marune
  • Fumio Matsuo   as   Tourist
  • Kiyomi Mizunoya
  • Yutaka Sada   as   Policeman
  • Akira Sera   as   Club Announcer
  • Tsuruko Umano
  • Shoichi Hirose   as   Henchman of Onishi
  • Nadao Kirino   as   Henchman of Onishi
  • Tadashi Okabe   as   Bystander
  • Yutaka Nakayama   as   Policeman
  • Koji Uno   as   Truck Driver
  • Tatsuo Matsumura   as   Official
  • Yasuhisa Tsutsumi   as   Official
  • Akira Kitano   as   Policeman
  • Terumi Oka   as   Schoolgirl
  • Shiro Tsuchiya
  • Takuzo Kumagai
  • Koji Iwamoto
  • Kyoro Sakurai
  • Rumi Konishi
  • Toshio Miura
  • Yasuhiko Saijo
  • Akemi Ueno
  • Toshiko Higuchi
  • Yasuhiro Shigenobu
  • Yasuo Tsuchiya
  • Junichiro Mukai
  • Mitsuo Matsumoto
  • Hideo Shibuya
  • Koji Kamimura



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Main article: The Secret of the Telegian (Soundtrack).

Alternate Titles

  • Electrical Transmission Human (Literal Japanese Title)
  • The Secret of the Electric Man (O Segredo do Homem Elétrico; Brazil)
  • The Telegian (Alternate English Title)[1]
  • The Electrical Facsimile (Alternate English Title)[1]
  • Transmission Man (Alternate English Title)[1]
  • The Telegraphed Man (Alternate English Title)[1]

Theatrical Releases

U.S. Release

The Secret of the Telegian was dubbed into English by a company in Hong Kong, with a voice cast that included actor Ted Thomas voicing Detective Kobayashi.[2]

Editions of the Los Angeles Times from July 19-23, 1961, list the film as playing in the Toho La Brea Theater, presumably in Japanese with English subtitles, as the English dubbed version bears a later 1963 copyright date.

The North American theatrical distribution rights for The Secret of the Telegian were acquired by Herts-Lion International Corp. in 1964. Though Herts-Lion initially planned to release the film theatrically, it ultimately decided to simply release a black-and-white print of Toho's international English dubbed version of the film to television in 1964.[3]

Video Releases

Toho DVD (2005)[4]

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese
  • Subtitles: Japanese
  • Special Features: Audio commentary by Tadao Nakamaru, theatrical trailer, galleries of behind-the-scenes and promotional images, featurette with Koichi Kawakita, booklet

Though The Secret of the Telegian is not available on Blu-ray, an HD version of the film can be rented or purchased on the Japanese versions of Amazon Video and iTunes.



Japanese The Secret of the Telegian trailer


Visuals from the English export version



This is a list of references for The Secret of the Telegian. 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. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 電送人間 on Wikipedia
  2. Ted Thomas, Legendary Hong Kong Voice Actor
  3. Galbraith IV, Stuart. The Japanese Filmography: 1900 through 1994. McFarland. pp. 349-350. 1996. ISBN: 0-7864-0032-3.
  4. The Secret of the Telegian (1960) Toho
  5. Toho Special Effects Movie Complete Works. Village Books. pp. 46-49. September 28, 2012. ISBN: 978-4864910132.

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The King of the Monsters

15 months ago
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After finally watching this movie, I have to say it was pretty good. I still prefer The H-Man and I haven't got around to watching The Human Vapor yet, but this was another good example of the sort of sci-fi/film noir combination movies that Toho and Daiei were making in the late 1940's through early 1960's. The Secret of the Telegian is a well-done suspenseful revenge story with an intimidating an enigmatic villain and plenty of serviceable supporting characters trying to stop him. Lots of great actors from Toho's golden age sci-fi films make appearances here, but it's a little disappointing that not all of them get used to their full potential. There aren't as many special effects in this movie as some others in this genre, but those that are present are very well-done, and the teleportation sequences are surprisingly complex and believable. This film takes the concept popularized by The Fly two years before in a new direction: What if teleportation were possible and someone used it for evil?

I'd recommend this film to fans of sci-fi or just Japanese cinema in general. It's an exciting movie from start to finish with an interesting story and impressive special effects to top it all off. The H-Man felt like a more complete film to me, but I see why many people prefer The Secret of the Telegian.