Mysterians (1959)

Mysterians

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Most famous for his original Godzilla film in 1956, director Inoshiro Honda is primarily a screenwriter and quite seldom a director. One of his recurrent themes -- the deadly or mutant effects of atomic radiation (as in Godzilla), is also featured in this otherwise routine sci-fi film. The title characters are from a planet that has been destroyed by nuclear bombs. After the Mysterians land on Earth they ask the Japanese for some land to settle and a few nubile women to propagate their race. … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Takeshi Kimura, Shigeru Kayama, Takeshi Kimura & Shinichi Sekizawa
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 22, 2005
Runtime:
MGM

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Cast


as Joji Atsumi

as Etsuko Shiraishi

as Hiroko

as Ryoichi Schiraishi

as Cmdr. Morita

as Capt. Seki

as Cmdr. Sugimoto

as Dr. Kawanami

as Gen. Hamamoto

as Dr. Adachi
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Critic Reviews for Mysterians

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It looked good when I was 12. Now it totally bores.

October 16, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Perhaps the most intriguing of all Toho sci-fi films.

November 20, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Full Review… | April 1, 2006
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Mysterians

Earns two stars for its unintentional humor. Godzilla and Rodan made sense. This? Enjoy the giant spaceships.

AlaineB
Alaine B
½

Ishiro Honda's tale of alien invasion tries very hard but ultimately comes up a bit short. Humanoid aliens arrive in Japan and demonstrate their techniological superiority by sending Mogera, their giant robot, on a rampage through rural Japan. The robot is very quickly dispatched by the Japanese military, but now the aliens have Earth'sd attention. Their demands are simple; they want a stretch of land 2 miles in radius--and to be allowed to marry our women! Understandably, Japan is not about to accept these terms. The film is certainly entertaining, but in the end it just never quite lives up to its potential promise. There are no major city destruction set pieces apart from some destroyed villages and the battles between Earth's military and the aliens are almost woefully brief. Mogera, while an interesting concept, is much too goofy a design and only appears twice in the film and is quickly destroyed in both appearances. The film is entertaining, certainly, but just not as good as it could have been.

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