Invisible Swordsman (1970)

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Invisible Swordsman
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The Japanese poster for Invisible Swordsman
Directed by Yoshiyuki Kuroda
Producer Masayoshi Tsuchida (organizer)
Written by Tetsuro Yoshida
Music by Takeo Watanabe
effects by
Yoshiyuki Kuroda
Distributor DaieiJP
Rating G (Amazon)JP[1]
Running time 78 minutes
(1 hour, 18 minutes)[2]
Aspect ratio 2.35:1
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Invisible Swordsman (透明剣士,   Tōmei Kenshi) is a 1970 tokusatsu fantasy film produced by Daiei Kyoto Studio. It was released to Japanese theaters on March 21, 1970 on a double feature with Gamera vs. Jiger.[note 1]


Sanshiro Yuzuki, a cowardly fencer, becomes an unstoppable swordsman after taking a magic pill to defeat the Shokera.


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

  • Directed by   Yoshiyuki Kuroda
  • Written by   Tetsuro Yoshida
  • Organized by   Masayoshi Tsuchida
  • Music by   Takeo Watanabe
  • Cinematography by   Hiroshi Imai
  • Edited by   Kanji Suganuma
  • Production design by   Shigeru Kato
  • First assistant director   Hitoshi Obuchi
  • Director of special effects   Yoshiyuki Kuroda[3]


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

  • Osamu Sakai   as   Sanshiro Yuzuki, the Invisible Swordsman
  • Yoko Atsuta   as   Orin
  • Sanshi Katsura   as   Dekasuke
  • Hachiro Oka   as   Kumasan
  • Yasushi Yokoyama   as   Maruyoshi
  • Kiyoshi Nishikawa   as   Kadayoshi
  • Sonosuke Sawamura II
  • Ryutaro Gomi
  • Ryosuke Kagawa
  • Gen Kimura
  • Asao Uchida   as   Sosuke
  • Ikkei Tamaki   as   Jubei
  • Gen Kuroki
  • Tokio Oki   as   Shokera
  • Hajime Koshikawa   as   Hattsuan
  • Kiyoshi Kasuga   as   Shinigami


Characters and monsters


Main article: Invisible Swordsman/Gallery.

Alternate titles

  • Toumei Kenshi (Japanese English title)
  • Transparent Swordsman (alternate translation)

Theatrical releases

Video releases

Daiei VHS (1999)

  • Tapes: 1

Kadokawa DVD (2006)[4]

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • SRP: ¥4,500 (~$43)
  • Audio: Japanese (Dolby Stereo)
  • Special features: Theatrical trailer, photo gallery, staff and cast listing
  • Notes: Released May 26, 2006.

DeAgostini Japan DVD (2016)

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (Dolby Stereo)
  • Special features: 8-page booklet

Kadokawa DVD (2020)

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (Dolby 2.0 Stereo)

Though Invisible Swordsman is not available on Blu-ray, an HD version is available on the Japanese version of Amazon Prime Video.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Daiei filmography included in the publication Daiei Tokusatsu Movie Chronicle (p. 126) lists Invisible Swordsman's release date as March 15.[3]


This is a list of references for Kaiju No. 14/Sandbox/Invisible Swordsman. 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 "Invisible Swordsman". Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  2. "Invisible Swordsman". Kadokawa. Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Daiei Tokusatsu Movie Chronicle. Kadokawa. 20 July 2010. p. 126. ISBN 978-4-04-854511-2.
  4. "Invisible Swordsman: DVD & Blu-ray". Kadokawa. Retrieved 24 December 2020.


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