The Human Vapor

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The Human Vapor
Human Vapor 1960.jpg
original Japanese poster
Directed by Ishirō Honda
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka
Written by Takeshi Kimura
Starring Tatsuya Mihashi
Kaoru Yachigusa
Yoshio Tsuchiya
Keiko Sata
Hisaya Ito
Yoshifumi Tajima
Music by Kunio Miyauchi
Cinematography Hajime Koizumi
Edited by Kazuji Taira
Production
  company
Toho Studios
Distributed by Toho
Release date(s) December 11, 1960 (Japan)
May 20, 1964 (U.S.)
Running time 92 min.
81 min. (USA)
Country Japan
Language Japanese

The Human Vapor, known in Japan as Gas Human No. 1 (ガス人間第一号 Gasu Ningen dai Ichigo?), is a tokusatsu film produced and released by Toho Studios in 1960. The film was made by Toho's legendary Godzilla directing/special effects/producing team of Ishirō Honda, Eiji Tsuburaya, and Tomoyuki Tanaka. Along with Secret of the Telegian and The H-Man, it is often part of Toho's "mutant" trilogy.

A sequel to this film was planned called Frankenstein vs. the Human Vapor in which the Human Vapor survives the climax and goes to find a doctor who brought Frankenstein's monster to back to life, in hopes of finding a way to bring back his girlfriend who didn't survive the climax leading to a battle between the two. This was dropped in favor of Frankenstein vs. Baragon (the 1957 film Tomei-Ningen To Hae-Otoko or Invisible Man vs. Fly Man is available in North America under the title Vapor Man meets the Human Fly but it is not related).

Plot[edit]

The film tells the story of Mizuno (Yoshio Tsuchiya), a librarian at a sanatorium (implicitly for cancer), who has been given the ability to become vapor after a scientist does an experiment on him. Mizuno uses this power to engage in criminal activities, robbing banks to give the money to his dancer girlfriend (Kaoru Yachigusa). Kenji Okamoto (Tatsuya Mihashi) is the police inspector after them. The film was recut by Brenco Pictures in 1964, changing the premise from mystery to being told from Mizuno's point of view. Even though this version is dubbed, Tsuchiya has stated that he prefers this cut of the film, which he considers to feature his finest performance.[1]

Cast[edit]

Alternate versions[edit]

Brenco Pictures theatrical poster for the 1964 U.S release of The Human Vapor.

James Hong provided the voice of the Human Vapor in the dubbed American version. The English-dubbed version was released theatrically in 1964 by Brenco Productions. This version is extensively re-edited. The American distributors created a constant narrative from the title character. The music and sound effects are also toyed with. Despite all these changes, star Yoshio Tsuchiya has stated that this is his preferred version of the film. The American version was released on home video several times throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. MGM, the current rights holder, however, has yet to release the film on DVD.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guy Marriner Tucker. Age of the Gods

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