THE INVISIBLE MAN APPEARS

Shinsei Adachi + Shigehiro Fukushima, Japan, 1949, Arrow Films, Cult

“One of the earliest surviving science fiction films from Japan, and one of the earliest examples of that country’s tokusatsu (special effects) cinema.” -- Pieter-Jan Van Haecke, EASTERN KICKS

Finally released outside Japan for the first time, this unique riff on H.G. Wells’ classic character and Universal’s iconic series is a jewel of the early Daiei Studios output, and a subtle portrayal of the post-WWII American occupation following Hiroshima/Nagasaki. After years of work, Professor Nakazato invents an invisibility formula -- something that catches the extreme interest of a gang of jewel thieves that want to acquire a diamond necklace called the “Tears of Amour.” The film’s entertaining SFX were an early credit for the legendary Eiji Tsuburaya, five years before he first brought Godzilla to life!

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Details

  • 82 mins.
  • Color
  • 1.37:1

Formats

  • DCP

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