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Japanese Science Fiction Films of the Sixties
Japanese Science Fiction Films of the Sixties
   

Sixties Science Fiction Films


Terror Beneath The Sea TOHO
The mainstay and best-known of the Japanese science fiction films of the Sixties are undoubtedly the Kaiju Eiga or 'monster movies' but there were also quite a few other science fiction productions which did not quite fall into this category. Some of those films are listed here and may, depending on your point of view, be considered to be Kaiju Eiga. Likewise, some of the films on my Kaiju Eiga page may not - it's a personal perception, but most of the productions will be listed on one or the other. If it isn't, please let me know.

The extremely popular series of SF films,
a compilation product of the Japanese Shin Toho film and television studio series 'Supah Jaianto' which ran from 1956 to 1959 and starring Ken Utsui as a hero called 'Super Giant', resulted in almost a 'genre' by itself and provided sufficient films to merit a separate page.
A lot of the original Japanese science fiction (and other) productions were unmercifully cut and overdubbed for the U.S. market, often released containing new footage with American actors to change the focus of the story line so, depending on which version you have seen, the story outline given may not exactly match up to what you remember.


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The Final War

1960
Dai Sanji Sekai Taisen: Yonju-Ichi Jikan No Kyofu
(Third World War: 41 Hours of Horror) aka The Final War; When World War III Breaks Out; Jikan No Kyofu

Toei Company

Directed by: Shigeaki Hidaka, William Ross Produced by: Arthur Davis Written by: Shigeaki Hidaka Music by: Ko Ishimatsu

Cast: Jane Elliot, Noribumi Fujishima, Yajoi Furusato, Carl Hansen, Michiko Hoshi, Yoshiko Mita, Yukiko Nikaido, Frank Reynolds, Tatsuo Umemiya, Jack Wilson VIII and others

This is not the same film as 'Sekai Daisenso', also known as 'The Final War'.
The USA accidentally detonates a nuclear device over South Korea. The North/South Korea retaliations escalate, with the USA and USSR drawn into the conflict on a global scale, ending with most of the world being wiped out - only Argentina is left. The final scenes are shot in heavy rain as a memorial service is held for most of mankind.

Secret of the Telegian

1960
Denso Ningen
aka The Secret Of The Telegian; The Telegian

Toho Company

Directed by: Jun Fukuda Written by: Shin'ichi Sekizawa Produced by: Tomoyuki Tanaka Music by: Sei Ikeno


Cast: Koji Tsuruta, Tadao Nakamaru, Akihiko Hirata, Yumi Shirakawa, Hideyo Amamoto, Shoichi Hirose, Seizaburo Kawazu, Nadao Kirino, Akira Kitano, Tatsuo Matsumura, Fumito Matsuo, Fuyuki Murakami, Yutaka Nakayama, Tadashi Okabe,
Senkichi Omura, Shin Otomo, Yutaka Sada, Sachio Sakai, Takamaru Sasaki, Ikio Sawamura
and others

Together with a scientist, a soldier is left for dead by his so-called 'friends' at the end of the war. They manage to survive somehow and, bent on revenge, find themselves an underground laboratory where they perfect a teleportation device. They use the instrument to help them achieve their objective as they kill off their double-crossing ex-colleagues.

The Human Vapour  

1960
Gasu Ningen Dai Ichigou

aka The Human Vapour; The First Gas Human

Toho Company

Directed by: Ishir˘ Honda Written by: Takeshi Kimura  Produced by: Tomoyuki Tanaka Music by: Kunio Miyauchi


Cast:
Yoshio Tsuchiya, Kaoru Yachigusa, Tatsuya Mihashi, Keiko Sata, Bokuzen Hidari,
Hisaya Ito, Yoshifumi Tajima, Yoshio Kosugi, Fuyuki Murakami, Takamaru Sasaki, Minosuke Yamada, Tatsuo Matsumura, Ko Mishima, Kozo Nomura,
Ren Yamamoto and others

A convicted criminal agrees to take part in some scientific experiments which leave him with the ability to turn his body into a gaseous form. This allows him to escape and continue his life of crime with virtually no chance of being recaptured.

Invasion of the Neptune Men

1961
Uchu Kaisoku-sen

aka Invasion From A Planet
;
Invasion Of The Neptune Men; Space Greyhound
Toei Company

Directed by: K˘ji Ohta Written by: Shin Morita, Akihiro Watanabe Produced by: Hiroshi Okawa Music by: Michiaki Watanabe

Cast: Shin'ichi (Sonny) Chiba, Ryűko Minakami, Mitsue Komiya, Seiichir˘ Kameishi, Rin'ichi Yamamoto, Kappei Matsumoto, Takashi Kanda, Shir˘ Okamoto, Junji Masuda, Hidemichi Ishikawa, Shinjir˘ Ehara, Harold Conway, Genji Kawai,
Masazumi Okabe, K˘saku Okano, Koji Sahara, Sh˘ken Sawa, K˘ji Sawada, K˘ji Sekiyama, Ken Sud˘ and others

Space Chief, in his jet-propelled car, defeats an invasion attempt by sluggish aliens from the planet Neptune who have a penchant for nose-cone helmets. Presumably the hero worked for the fashion police.

Sekai Daisenso The Last War

1961
Sekai Daisenso

aka The Last War; The Final War
Toho Company

Directed by: Shűe Matsubayashi Written by: Toshio Yasumi, Takeshi Kimura Produced by: Sanezumi Fujimoto, Tomoyuki Tanaka Music by: Ikuma Dan

Cast: Furankţ Sakai, Akira Takarada, Yuriko Hoshi, Nobuko Otowa, Yumi Shirakawa, Chishű Ryű, Jerry It˘, Eijir˘ T˘no, S˘ Yamamura, Ken Uehara, Seizabur˘ Kawazu, Nobuo Nakamura, Chieko Nakakita, Minoru Takada, Shigeki Ishida,
Naoko Sakabe, K˘z˘ Nomura, Masao Oda, Yutaka Sada, Nadao Kirino, K˘ji Uno, Seiji Yoshida, Toshihiko Furuta, Ky˘ko Mori, Teruko Mita, Takuz˘ Kumagai, S˘ji Ubukata, Shir˘ Tsuchiya, Keiichir˘ Katsumoto, Naoya Kusakawa, Wataru ďmae,
Yoshio Katsube, Masaki Shinohara, Yutaka Oka, K˘ji Uruki, K˘ji Abe, Yűko Tominaga and others

A series of accidents, mistakes and false alarms in the missile bases of the super-powers brings them to the edge of World War III. The accidental collision of two of their aircraft over the North Pole is enough to trigger off the final conflict and the film documents the ensuing battle and its effect on mankind.   Trailer
Gorath


1962
Yosei Gorasu

aka Gorath, Gorath The Mysterious Star, Astronaut 1980
Toho Company

Directed by: Ishir˘ Honda Written by: Takeshi Kimura (screenplay) J˘jir˘ Okami (story) Produced by: Tomoyuki Tanaka Music by: Kan Ishii

Cast: Ry˘ Ikebe, Yumi Shirakawa, Akira Kubo, Kumi Mizuno, Hiroshi Tachikawa, Akihiko Hirata, Kenji Sahara, Jun Tazaki, Ken Uehara, Takashi Shimura, Seizabur˘ Kawazu, K˘ Mishima, Sachio Sakai, Takamaru Sasaki, K˘ Nishimura, Eitar˘ Ozawa,
Masanari Nihei, K˘z˘ Nomura, Keiko Sata, Hideyo Amamoto, George Furness (as J˘ji FÔnesu), Ross Benette (as Rosu Benetto), Jun'ichir˘ Mukai, Nadao Kirino, Fumio Sakashita, Ikio Sawamura, Toshihiko Furuta, Yoshiyuki Uemura, Rinsaku Ogata,
Masayoshi Kawabe, Yasushi Matsubara, Tadashi Okabe, K˘ji Uno and others

A spaceship flies through a mysterious cloud and picks up some alien organic cells. Once back on Earth, the cells multiply and reconstitute into the monster Gorath. A red hot planet is discovered to be on a collision course with Earth and scientists set off large explosions in the Antarctic to shift the Earth from its orbit and out of the planet's path. These explosions wake the sleeping monster which proceeds to interfere with their attempts to save the Earth. It is eventually destroyed and the planet is saved, but not before being devastated by tidal waves and global warming.

Matango - Attack of the Mushroom People

1963
Matango: Fungus Of Terror

aka Curse of the Mushroom People; Attack of the Mushroom People; Matango

Toho Company

Directed by: Ishir˘ Honda Written by: Takeshi Kimura (screenplay) William Hope Hodgson (story) Produced by: Tomoyuki Tanaka Music by: Sadao Bekku

Cast: Akira Kubo, Kumi Mizuno, Hiroshi Koizumi, Kenji Sahara, Hiroshi Tachikawa, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Miki Yashiro, Hideyo Amamoto, Jiro Kumagai, Akio Kusama, Yutaka Oka, Keisuke Yamada, Kasuo Higata, Katsumi Tezuka,
Haruo Nakajima
and others

A group of tourists become shipwrecked on a strange island and are forced to eat an exotic type of mushroom to avoid starvation. They slowly succumb to the effects of the plant and start turning into mushrooms themselves. A lone survivor escapes to tell his tale but, soon after, discovers mushroom-like growths erupting on his face. The film was nearly banned in Japan as the makeup that some of the cast wore as they were turning into mushrooms was reminiscent of how many people looked after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Gulliver's Travels Beyond The Moon

1965
Garibah No Uchu Ryoko

aka Gulliver's Travels Beyond The Moon; Gulliver's Voyages In Space
; Space Gulliver
Maseo Kuroda / Toei Company

Directed by:
Yoshio Kuroda Written by: Hideo Osawa (story), Shin'ichi Sekizawa, Jonathan Swift (novel 'Gulliver's Travels) Produced by: Hiroshi Okawa, Akira Onozaki Music by: Isao Tomita

Voiced by: Chiyoko Honma, Masao Imanishi, Seiji Miyaguchi, Sh˘ichi Ozawa, Kyű Sakamoto, Akira ďizumi
English version: Herb Duncan, Robert Harter, Darla Hood

An animated sci-fi film featuring a boy who sets sail with a toy soldier and Gulliver in search of the Star of Hope. Their adventures include saving a planet which has been taken over by runaway robots.
This was one of the first Toei animated features to depart from Asian mythology. Kyu Sakamoto, who died tragically young in an air accident, is well-known for his European chart hit 'Sukiyaki'.



1966
Tanin No Kao

aka The Face of Another

Teshigahara Productions, Tokyo Eiga Co Ltd.


Directed by: Hiroshi Teshigahara Written by: K˘b˘ Abe Produced by: Nobuyo Horiba, Kiichi Ichikawa, Tadashi ďno Music by: T˘ru Takemitsu

Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai, Mikijir˘ Hira, Ky˘ko Kishida, Miki Irie, Eiji Okada, Minoru Chiaki, Hideo, Kunie Tanaka, Etsuko Ichihara, Eiko Muramatsu, Yoshie Minami, Hisashi Igawa, Kakuya Saeki, Sen Yano, Bibari Maeda, Machiko Ky˘, Shinobu Itomi,
T˘ru Takemitsu


The story follows an engineer, Okuyama, whose face is severely burnt in an unspecified work-related accident and is given a new face in the form of a lifelike mask, but the mask starts altering his personality. After attacking a woman he is arrested. The doctor comes and requests that he return the mask, but Okuyama refuses and stabs the doctor to death. Behind this scene, people, all with the same faces, are slowly walking away.
Kaitei Daisenso Terror Beneath the Sea

1966
Kaitei Daisenso

aka Terror Beneath the Sea; Water Cyborgs

Toei Company

Directed by: Hajime Sat˘ Written by: Masami Fukushima (book) K˘ichi ďtsu Produced by: Masafumi Soga Executive producer: Seiichi Yoshino Music by: Shunsuke Kikuchi

Cast: Shin'ichi Chiba, Peggy Neal, Franz (Frank) Gruber, Steve Queens, Andre Husse, Erik (Enric) Neilson, Eivary Keller, Hajime Sat˘, Harold Conway, Mike Daneen, Hans Horneff, Andrew Hughes, Tsuneji Miemachi, Hideo Murota, Jotaro Okami,
Gunther Braun

The movie, which mixes several different 'genres', features a mad scientist in charge of a vast underwater city. He invents an apparatus to turn people into amphibians, who he proceeds to put under mind control, and uses them in his plans for global domination. The real stars of the film are the futuristic devices used by the scientist to control his fantastic habitat.

War Of The Insects Konchu Daisenso

1968
Konchu Daisenso
aka War Of The Insects; Genocide
Sh˘chiku Eiga

Directed by: Kazui Nihonmatsu (as Norman Cooper) Written by: Kingen Amada (story) Susumu Takaku (writer) Produced by: Tsuneo Kosumi Music by: Shunsuke Kikuchi

Cast: Keisuke Sonoi, Yűsuke Kawazu, Shizumi (Emi) Shind˘, Reiko Hitomi, Eriko Sono, Kathy Horan, Chico Roland (as Chico Lourant), Ralph (Rolf) Jesser, Toshiyuki Ichimura, Tadayoshi Ueda, Hiroshi Aoyama, Hideaki Komori, Mike Daneen,
Franz Gruber, Harold Conway, William Douyuak, Saburo Aunuma, Happie Barman, Warflum Begiches, Robert Garner, Raina Gessman, Charles Harris, Gaby Harrold, Haruko Kitahama, Alan Rogers, Diana Roos, Ted Thomas

A girl who was a prisoner in Nazi Germany's Auschwitz death camp, discovers that she has the power to control swarms of insects. She uses this power to crash a plane carrying an atom bomb. All the insects on Earth become wild and start attacking humans, resulting in Armageddon.   Trailer

The Green Slime


1968
Gamma Sango Uchu Daisakusen

aka The Green Slime; Battle Beyond The Stars; Death And The Green Slime;
After the Destruction of Space Station Gamma: Big Military Operation; Gamma #3 Big Military Space Operation; The Battle of Space Station Gamma
Lun Film, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Ram Films Inc., Southern Cross Feature Film Company, Toei Company

Directed by:
Kinji Fukasaku Written by: William Finger (screenplay) Ivan Reiner (story) Produced by: Walter Manley, Ivan Reiner Music by: Charles Fox, Toshiaki Tsushima

Cast:
Robert Horton, Luciana Paluzzi, Richard Jaeckel, Bud Widom, Ted Gunther, David Yorston, Robert Dunham, Gary Randolf, Jack Morris, Eugene Vince, Don Plante, Linda Hardisty, Richard Hylland, Kathy Horan, Ann Ault, Susan Skersick,
Helen Kirkpatrick, Carl Bengs, Linda Miller, Strong Ilimaiti, Enver Altenbay, Tom Scott, Patricia Elliott, Tom Conrad, Lynne Frederickson, Gunther Greve, Clarence Howard, Hans Jorgseeberger, Linda Malsom, Burr Middleton, Robert Morris,
William Ross, David Sentman, Arthur Stark, George Uruf

This first official American-Japanese co-production tells of a space mission to destroy a huge meteorite which is on a collision course with Earth. Green slime from the asteroid is transported back to a space station where it grows into snake-like creatures which emit violent electric shocks. The station is eventually evacuated ( after most of the crew have been killed ) and then exploded to destroy the alien creatures.

Goke Body Snatcher From Hell

1968
Kyuketsuki Gokemidoro

aka Goke Body Snatcher From Hell; Goke The Vampire
Sh˘chiku Eiga

Directed by: Hajime Sat˘ Written by: Kyűz˘ Kobayashi, Susumu Takaku (as Susumu Tanaka) Produced by: Akira Inomata (as Takashi Inomata) Music by: Shunsuke Kikuchi

Cast: Teruo Yoshida, Tomomi Sat˘, Eiz˘ Kitamura, Hideo K˘, Kathy Horan, Yűko Kusunoki, Kazuo Kat˘, Hiroyuki Nishimoto, Andrew Hughes, Nobuo Kaneko, Kei'ichi Noda, Masaya Takahashi, Norihiko Yamamoto, Ted Thomas (voice)

A plane crashes in the desert leaving the survivors stranded. Unknown to them, an alien spacecraft is nearby from which emerges a blob-like alien that proceeds to sneak up on one of the men and oozes into his brain through a gash on his head. The man is turned into a homicidal vampire that kills all the other survivors apart from the captain of the plane and a stewardess who escape into the desert and, eventually, to civilisation. The blobs catch on to the 'oozing' idea and they all decide to have a go. Apparently has a shock ending and is not a half bad film despite the 'Fifties' storyline.   Trailer

Ido Zero Daisakusen Latitude Zero

1969
Ido Zero Daisakusen

aka Latitude Zero

Ambassador Productions, Don Sharpe Enterprises, National General Pictures, Toho Company

Directed by: Ishir˘ Honda Written by: Shin'ichi Sekizawa (writer) Ted Sherdeman (screenplay and stories) Produced by: Don Sharpe Executive Producer: Tomoyuki Tanaka Music by: Akira Ifukube

Cast: Joseph Cotten, Cesar Romero, Akira Takarada, Masumi Okada, Richard Jaeckel, Patricia Medina, Tetsu Nakamura, Mari Nakayama, Akihiko Hirata, Wataru ďmae, Hikaru Kuroki, Linda Haynes, Susumu Kurobe, Burr Middleton, Haruo Nakajima,
Osman Yusuf

A journalist is saved by a giant submarine captained by a 200 year old man who takes him to an underwater paradise city where no one ages. That's when monsters and mutants sent by the captain's rival, Malic, a 200 year old scientist, attack. The advanced undersea civilisation battles the legions of the evil Malic who has plans to rule the world with his flying lions and giant rats.

Hitoshi Ueki
Hitoshi Ueki

1969
Buchamukure Daihakken

aka Computer Free-For-All

Toho Company, Watanabe Productions

Directed by: Kengo Furusawa Written by: Yasuo Tanami Produced by: Shin Watanabe Music by: Naozumi Yamamoto, Hiroaki Hagiwara

Cast: Hajime Hana, Hitoshi Ueki, Kei Tani, Hiroshi Inuzuka, Senri Sakurai, ╩tar˘ Ishibashi, Shin Yasuda, Masumi Harukawa, Shin ďtomo, Akira Hitomi, Osami Nabe, Hisaya It˘, Tajima Yoshifumi, Yukio Aoshima, Eijir˘ T˘no, Nadao Kirino,
Wataru ďmae, Naoya Kusakawa, Yukihiko Gond˘, Seishir˘ Kuno, Yutaka Sada, Yukiko Tezuka, Naozumi Yamamoto, Mari Nakayama, Chikako Urashima

This is a Japanese sci-fi comedy. Computer salesman Hana goes to a bar, expecting that a major deal he is involved in will soon be completed, and he uses company money to pay his bill. A computer glitch causes the bar to be paid far too much money. Hana goes to see the barmaid whom he paid but finds that she has been murdered. He uses his computer to bring her back to life and, together, they eventually get the money back.






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