The Invisible Avenger

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The Invisible Avenger
Tomei ningen poster.jpg
Directed by Motoyoshi Oda
Produced by Takeo Kita[1]
Screenplay by Shigeaki Hidaka[1]
Music by Kyosuke Kami[1]
Cinematography Eiji Tsuburaya[1]
Edited by Shuichi Orihara[1]
Distributed by Toho
Release date
  • 29 December 1954 (1954-12-29) (Japan)
Running time
70 minutes[1]
Country Japan

The Invisible Avenger (透明人間, Tōmei ningen, lit. Invisible Man) is a 1954 Japanese film directed by Motoyoshi Oda. The film is a loose adaptation of the H.G. Wells story The Invisible Man.[1]

The film was moderately successful, but was overshadowed by the huge crossover success of Godzilla, earlier in 1954.[citation needed]




The Invisible Avenger was shot in black-and-white at academy ratio.[2] The special effects were directed by Eiji Tsuburaya.[1] David Kalat noted that Tsuburaya's special effects in Tomei Ningen were "clever but sparingly used."[3]


The Invisible Avenger was distributed in Japan by Toho on December 29, 1954.[1] Any release of the film in the United States is undetermined.[1]

Daiei Film produced two similar films featuring invisibility, Tomei ningen arawaru (The Invisible Man Appears) in 1949, and Tomei ningen to Hai-Otoko (The Invisible Man vs the Fly-Man) in 1957.[4]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Galbraith IV 2008, p. 107.
  2. ^ Galbraith IV 1994, p. 373.
  3. ^ Kalat 1997, p. 37.
  4. ^ Galbraith IV 1994, p. 312.


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