The Invisible Swordsman (1970)

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The Invisible Swordsman
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The Japanese poster for The Invisible Swordsman
Directed by Yoshiyuki Kuroda
Producer(s) Masayoshi Tsuchida (organizer)
Written by Tetsuro Yoshida
Music by Takeo Watanabe
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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The 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]

Plot[edit | edit source]

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

Staff[edit | edit source]

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
  • 1st assistant director   Hitoshi Obuchi
  • Director of special effects   Yoshiyuki Kuroda[3]

Cast[edit | edit source]

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

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Characters and monsters[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: The Invisible Swordsman/Gallery.

Alternate titles[edit | edit source]

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

Theatrical releases[edit | edit source]

Video releases[edit | edit source]

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

Notes[edit | edit source]

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

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for Kaiju No. 14/Sandbox/The 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 The Invisible Swordsman. Retrieved on 24 December 2020.
  2. The Invisible Swordsman. Kadokawa. Retrieved on 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. The Invisible Swordsman: DVD & Blu-ray. Kadokawa. Retrieved on 24 December 2020.


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