FILMSaturday, April 1, 4:30 PM
One of the many films inspired by the 1897 H.G. Wells sci-fi novella The Invisible Man (including a 1949 film by the Daiei studio), Toho's Invisible Man was released less than two months after Godzilla with Eiji Tsuburaya handling effects for both films. For the former, Tsuburya used optical compositing to enhance the illusion of invisibility, such as a motor scooter ridden by the invisible hero that seems to move on its own. Meanwhile, the ending recalls the famous farewell-in-a-fireball climax of Raoul Walsh's White Heat.
1954, 70 min., HDCAM, b&w, in Japanese with live English subtitles. Directed by Motoyoshi Oda. With Seizaburo Kawazu, Miki Sanjo, Keiko Kondo, Minoru Takada.
Tickets: $13/$10 seniors & students/$9 Japan Society members
Part of the 2017 Globus Film Series Beyond Godzilla: Alternative Futures & Fantasies in Japanese Cinema
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