Tomei Ningen

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Tomei Ningen
Tomei ningen poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Motoyoshi Oda
Produced by Takeo Kita
Written by Toshikazu Yamano
Hajime Takaiwa
Starring Seizaburou Kawadu
Miki Sanjo
Minoru Takada
Music by Kyousuke Kami
Cinematography Katsumi Yanagishima
Edited by Shuichi Anbara
Distributed by Toho
Release date
  • December 29, 1954 (1954-12-29)
Running time
70 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Tomei Ningen (透明人間?, Tōmei Ningen, lit. "Transparent Man") (aka The Invisible Man)[1] is a black-and-white Japanese action / horror film, originally released in 1954. Produced by the Toho studio, the film is a loose adaption of the science fiction novella entitled The Invisible Man, written by British author H.G. Wells in 1897.[2] The film was directed by Motoyoshi Oda, and written by Hiroshi Beppu and Shigeaki Hidaka.

The two stories do not share many plot details, aside from the general premise of a man who can turn himself invisible, but it was produced with the intent of adapting Wells' work. The film follows a circus clown and a gang, both of whom can become invisible due to ingesting a formula developed by the government during World War II. The gang of criminals has been using their powers to wreak havoc and cause chaos throughout Japan, and the clown (portrayed by Seizaburô Kawazu) is the only one with the courage to stand up to them. Ultimately, he defeats them, but in doing so is forced to sacrifice his own life.

The character of the Invisible Man, aka Takemitsu Nanjo, is a kaijin (怪人, literally "mysterious person", referring to roughly humanoid monsters), a type of supervillain from horror films.

The film was moderately successful, but was overshadowed by the huge crossover success of Godzilla, earlier in 1954. It has never been released outside Japan, now was it dubbed in English.[3] The special effects were made by Eiji Tsuburaya.[4]

This film followed on the heels on a little-known Japanese science fiction film called Tomei ningen arawaru/ The Transparent Man Appears (1949), produced by Daiei Films, which in turn was followed by a Daiei sequel, The Transparent Man vs. The Fly Man (1957).[5]

Japanese movie poster

Cast[edit]

Actors in the film include:[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Galbraith,Stuart (1994). Japanese Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror Films. McFarland and Co., Inc.
  2. ^ The Other Side of Toho, an article originally appearing in G-Fan, issue 23. accessed 7 February 2009
  3. ^ Galbraith,Stuart (1994). Japanese Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror Films. McFarland and Co., Inc.
  4. ^ Galbraith,Stuart (1994). Japanese Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror Films. McFarland and Co., Inc.
  5. ^ Galbraith,Stuart (1994). Japanese Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror Films. McFarland and Co., Inc.
  6. ^ Invisible Man at Toho Kingdom. accessed 7 February 2009

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