Talkback: Half Human (1955) aka Jūjin Yuki Otoko

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Re: Half Human (1957)

Postby The Dark Uniter » Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:00 pm

Gawdziller wrote:I really want to see this movie. All I can find are non-subbed Japanese copies and the American version. I have no interest In a butchered cut, so watching something I can't understand sounds very tempting.

I have the Japanese cut with subs, if you're interested.

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Re: Half Human (1957)

Postby kpa » Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:29 am

Tamura wrote:If CM did in fact hold on to NOSTRADAMUS and wanted to put it out, what exactly would they have used? As far as I know, Toho hasn't transferred it since the 1980's. Could Toho have made a telecine just in case a US distributor wanted to release it?


I'm not quite sure. When Classic Media decided to renew the contracts for the Godzilla films,RODAN, and WOTG in 2005, the new deal gave them the rights to use the US and Japanese versions of each film (international and other foreign versions were not part of the agreement), with Toho providing Japanese versions and (if needed) whatever US versions they had. So going by how all the other films were handled, Toho would have had to provide a Japanese version of NOSTRADAMUS had Classic Media kept the license for that title. According to paperwork I have from Classic Media, for the Japanese versions Toho provided new transfers from 35mm low contrast prints. Whether Toho would have done the same for NOSTRADAMUS is unknown, but my guess is they would have at least tried to be consistent.

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Re: Half Human (1957)

Postby The Dark Uniter » Sat Jun 18, 2011 6:23 am

If only Classic Media released the film....on the side note, I've asked Discotek Media, Media Blasters and Criterion if they can get the film.

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Re: Half Human (1957)

Postby Tamura » Sat Jun 18, 2011 8:10 am

The Dark Uniter wrote:If only Classic Media released the film....on the side note, I've asked Discotek Media, Media Blasters and Criterion if they can get the film.


That's a step in the right direction.
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Re: Half Human (1957)

Postby omgitsgodzilla » Sat Jun 18, 2011 10:42 am

Tamura wrote:
The Dark Uniter wrote:If only Classic Media released the film....on the side note, I've asked Discotek Media, Media Blasters and Criterion if they can get the film.


That's a step in the right direction.

Kinda like applying to several colleges... Good idea.
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Re: Half Human (1957)

Postby The Dark Uniter » Sat Jun 18, 2011 1:19 pm

Yeah, kinda. Thank god for social network sites. :P

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Re: Half Human (1957)

Postby omgitsgodzilla » Sat Jun 18, 2011 3:26 pm

The Dark Uniter wrote:Yeah, kinda. Thank god for social network sites. :P

Amen. You went and got an atheist to say that :P
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Re: Half Human (1957)

Postby The Dark Uniter » Sat Jun 18, 2011 10:23 pm

omgitsgodzilla wrote:
The Dark Uniter wrote:Yeah, kinda. Thank god for social network sites. :P

Amen. You went and got an atheist to say that :P

Anything is possible in the year 2011. ;)

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Re: Half Human (1957)

Postby omgitsgodzilla » Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:01 am

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The Dark Uniter wrote:Yeah, kinda. Thank god for social network sites. :P

Amen. You went and got an atheist to say that :P

Anything is possible in the year 2011. ;)

Who knows, AH could post constructively!
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Re: Half Human (1957)

Postby The Dark Uniter » Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:14 pm

Just rewatched Half Human today. Before, I've watched the movie without any subs, not knowing what's going on. Now that I've gotten the subs, I've enjoyed the movie a lot more. I like how the story was told in a flashback, how the monster wasn't all that evil before the circus people killed his son. I guess I kinda see why this film is banned because the natives portrayed in the movie are just really over-the-top, especially the Grand Elder. Still, one can hope for a official, maybe non-offensive cut of the film to be out.

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Re: Half Human (1957)

Postby omgitsgodzilla » Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:38 am

Eh, I wouldn't recut it. It's kind of a lost treasure. I'd just add a preface like a lot of companies do regarding audio commentaries: "The depictions of certain indigenous peoples in this film do not reflect the views or opinions of Toho Co., Ltd..."
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Re: Half Human (1957)

Postby The Dark Uniter » Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:10 pm

I think since he was a pacifist, he probably didn't like the portrays of natives.

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Re: Half Human (1957)

Postby omgitsgodzilla » Fri Jun 24, 2011 11:26 am

Were they even supposed to be Ainu, though? I've heard they weren't, but I'm not sure.
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Re: Half Human (1957)

Postby Gojira-Fan » Sat Jun 25, 2011 5:16 pm

Tyler wrote:Wasn't Akira Ifukube Ainu?


No, but he grew up with Ainu and respected them.

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Re: Half Human (1957)

Postby omgitsgodzilla » Sun Jun 26, 2011 11:28 am

^^Correct. I forget though, did he score Half Human?
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Re: Half Human (1957)

Postby Monsterzero 1965 » Sun Jun 26, 2011 11:42 am

omgitsgodzilla wrote:^^Correct. I forget though, did he score Half Human?

No, Masaru Sato scored Half Human.

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Where to find Japanese version of Half Human

Postby Half Human Hunter » Sun Jun 26, 2011 4:28 pm

Greetings fans. I come to you begging for help.
I have recently become obsessed with finding a copy of the Japanese version of Half Human. I understand there is one with english subtitles floating around with a time code appearing at the top of the screen. This movie has been on my mind ever since I first heard about it and I've only recently become determined to view it for myself. I have spent the entire day searching for where to possibly purchase this and have come up with naught but a possible torrent of which I'm skeptical and a discussion among your forum users. In this discussion one of this site's members asks where to find a copy of the Japanese version of Half Human of which another replies: "I'll PM you" and does not actually post where one might find it. I need to find this movie. If anyone can point me in the right direction I would be eternally grateful.
I do not want to watch the American version as I fear it might in some way ruin the experience and yet, I am growing so desperate to view any portion of the film that I am slowly beginning to consider purchasing a copy.

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Re: Where to find Japanese version of Half Human

Postby The Dark Uniter » Sun Jun 26, 2011 4:36 pm

I have the film in its Japanese cut with subtitles if you want! :)

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Re: Where to find Japanese version of Half Human

Postby Half Human Hunter » Sun Jun 26, 2011 4:44 pm

Good lord! Thank you very much. However, I am still keen on owning a physical copy. Are there any leads in that respect?

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Re: Where to find Japanese version of Half Human

Postby The Dark Uniter » Sun Jun 26, 2011 4:45 pm

I don't know any physical releases around however maybe, I could send you a copy.


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