The H-Man (美女と液体人間, Bijo to Ekitai-ningen, lit. ’Beauty and the Liquid People’) is a Japanese science fiction thriller film directed by Ishirō Honda, with special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya.
The H-Man was distributed theatrically in Japan by Toho on June 24, 1958. The film was released theatrically in the United States by Columbia Pictures with an English-language dub and 79-minute running time. The film was a double feature with The Woman Eater (1959) and released on May 28, 1959.
From contemporary reviews, A New York Herald Tribune film critic at the time called it, “A good-natured poke at atom-bomb tests. The picture is plainly making a case against the use of nuclear bombs. At the same time, there is a great deal of lively entertainment in the story involving police, dope smugglers, scientists and some very pretty Japanese girls.” The Daily Variety described the film as “well made” “seemingly more thoughtful” than The Mysterians and Gigantis. The review noted Takeshi Kumra’s screenplay as “effective” and Honda’s direction as taking “full advantage of the story [which is a] technically excellent production.” The Monthly Film Bulletin noted the film had “all the usual faults and virtues of Japanese SF-cum-horror fiction. But for special effects, trick photography and spectacular staging, the Japanese again beat their Hollywood counterparts at their own game: The fantasy element of vanishing bodies and mobile liquid is brilliantly done.”
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