The Secret of the Telegian

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The Secret of the Telegian
Secret of Telegian 1960.jpg
Theatrical poster for Densō Ningen (1960)
Directed by Jun Fukuda
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka
Written by Shinichi Sekizawa
Starring Koji Tsuruta
Akihiko Hirata
Yoshio Tsuchiya
Tadao Nakamaru
Yumi Shirakawa
Seizaburô Kawazu
Sachio Sakai
Yoshifumi Tajima
Music by Sei Ikeno
Cinematography Kazuo Yamada
Edited by Kazuji Taira
Distributed by Japan Toho
United States Herts-Lion International Corp.
Release dates
Japan April 10, 1960
Running time
85 min.
Country  Japan
Language Japanese

The Secret of the Telegian, released in Japan as Densō Ningen (電送人間?, lit. "The Teleporting Man"), is a 1960 tokusatsu sci-fi/horror/mystery film. Produced by Toho Company, Ltd., the film was directed by Jun Fukuda (this was his first tokusatsu work), and written by Shinichi Sekizawa, with special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya and some scenes by Teruyoshi Nakano. Herts-Lion International Corp. acquired the western hemisphere rights to the film in January 1964 and planned to release it theatrically in the US in February of that year on a double bill with Dungeons of Horror. This proposed US theatrical release was aborted, and the film was subsequently syndicated to TV. Besides being in black and white, the TV prints were identical to Toho's uncut international English version, dubbing and all.[1]


Sudo (Tadao Nakamaru) is a disfigured World War II soldier who had been wounded, robbed and left for dead by his fellow soldiers years before. Under the alias Goro Nakamoto, he is armed with the bayonet that had been used to wound him, and uses the Cryotron, a device that can give its user the ability to teleport anywhere. The inventor of the machine, Professor Niki, is unaware that it is being used for such a purpose.

As an act of vengeance, Sudo uses the Cryotron to hunt down the soldiers, killing them one by one and leaving an ID tag on each of the bodies. Reporter Masaru Kirioka (Koji Tsuruta) aids detectives Kobayashi (Akihiko Hirata) and Okazaki (Yoshio Tsuchiya), who have been assigned to investigate the murders.



  1. ^ January 6, 1964. Boxoffice Magazine. Pg. 13

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