The Invisible Man Appears

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The Invisible Man Appears
Theatrical release poster
Japanese name
Revised HepburnTōmei Ningen Arawaru
Directed byNobuo Adachi
Screenplay byNobuo Adachi
Story byAkimitsu Takagi
Based onThe Invisible Man
by H. G. Wells
Produced byHisashi Okuda
CinematographyHideo Ishimoto
Edited byShigeo Nishida
Music byGoro Nishi
Distributed byDaiei
Release date
1949 (Japan)
Running time
87 minutes

The Invisible Man Appears[1] (Japanese: 透明人間現わる, Hepburn: Tōmei Ningen Arawaru) is a 1949 Japanese science fiction tokusatsu film directed by Nobuo Adachi, with special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya.[2] The film was loosely based on H. G. Wells' 1897 The Invisible Man and produced by Daiei Film, the film stars Kanji Koshiba, Chizuru Kitagawa, Takiko Mizunoe, Daijirō Natsukawa, Ryūnosuke Tsukigata, and Kichijiro Ueda.


A gang of thugs intend to use an invisibility formula created by Professor Nakazato to rob a priceless jewel necklace "The Tears of Amour."



The Invisible Man Appears was influenced by exposure to American films during the Allied Occupation of Japan following World War II. [3]


The film was initially tentatively titled Invisible Demon by Hisashi Okuda. According to Okuda, When he showed the plan to Eiji Tsuburaya, who had just been expelled from public office, Tsuburaya promised, "I am willing to cooperate because I believe this is worth considering."[4]


The Invisible Man Appears was released in Japan in 1949.[5] The film and its follow-up were never released outside of Japan until Arrow Video released the film on Blu-ray March 15, 2021.[1][6]


Daiei produced a second film inspired by H. G. Wells' The Invisible Man novel, titled The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly (透明人間と蝿男), which was released to Japanese theaters on August 25, 1957.


  1. ^ a b Elson, Devon (2021-03-13). "The Invisible Man Appears (1949) | The Invisible Man vs The Human Fly (1957) • Blu-ray [Arrow…". Medium. Retrieved 2021-04-29.
  2. ^ "Poe-Based 'The Bloodhound,' Japanese 'Invisible Man' Classics Due on Blu-ray in March From MVD – Media Play News". Retrieved 2021-04-29.
  3. ^ "The Invisible Man Appears/The Invisible Man Vs the Human Fly". Ink 19. 2021-03-04. Retrieved 2021-04-29.
  4. ^ 日本特撮・幻想映画全集. Keibunsha. 1997. p. 42. ISBN 4766927060.
  5. ^ Galbraith IV 1996, p. 402.
  6. ^ "The Invisible Man Appears / The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly Blu-ray | Arrow Films". Retrieved 2021-04-29.


  • Galbraith IV, Stuart (1996). The Japanese Filmography: 1900 through 1994. McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-0032-3.

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