Japan Release: 1958
Running Time:
86 minutes


Japanese Title

[Bijo to Ekitainingen]

Distributor: Production:


In the outskirts of Tokyo, a drug smuggler named Misaki vanishes, leaving only his clothes behind. The police go to his apartment to investigate. There they find his girlfriend, Arai Chikako, who says he's been missing for five days. Arai is then placed in the cross-hairs, both by the police looking to extract information from her and the other drug dealers from the Haneda gang. The gang is worried she'll reveal Misaki's location, jeopardizing their operation. They go as far as sending an operative to assault and threaten Arai, relating the risk. However, the gang enforcer also vanishes, leaving only his clothes behind. This leads to the involvement of a local lab on radiation, believing the disappearances are the result of the men dissolving...

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International Title


Initial US Title

The H-Man
US Distributor: Columbia Pictures (1959) / Time: 79 minutes

Alternate Titles

Beauty and the Liquid People
[Literal Translation]





Directed by Ishiro Honda
Writing credits Takeshi Kimura, Hideo Kaijo
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka
Music by Masaru Sato
Cinematography by Hajime Koizumi
Film Editing by Kazuji Taira
Production Design by Takeo Kita
Director of Special Effects Eiji Tsuburaya 
Chikako Arai, Cabaret Homura Singer Yumi Shirakawa
Masada, Associate Professor at Jyoto University Kenji Sahara
Tominaga, Chief Inspector Akihiko Hirata
Maki, Professor at Jyoto University Koreya Senda
Uchida, Gangster Makoto Sato
Sakata, Detective Yoshifumi Tajima
Miyashita, Inspector Eitaro Ozawa
Taguchi, Detective Yoshio Tsuchiya
Sakata, Detective Kamayuki Tsubono,
Seki, Detective Tadao Nakamaru
Shimazaki, Waiter Nadao Kirino
Police Officers Kan Hayashi, Mitzuo Tsuda, Akio Kusama
Nishiyama Jun Fujiro
Misaki, Gangster Hisaya Ito
Mattchan Haruya Kato
Matsu Shigeo Kato
Kishi, Gangster Ko Mishima
Mr. Gold, Gangster Tetsu Nakamura
Mrs. Okami, Apartment Manager Toshiko Nakano
Chief of Inspectors Minosuke Yamada
Daichan, Sailor Senkichi Omura
Hamano, Gangster Shin Otomo
Hanae Machiko Kitagawa
Horita Akira Sera
Mineko Naomi Shiraishi
Emi Ayumi Sonoda
- Yutaka Nakamura
- Yosuke Natsuki


DVDs and Blu-rays

United States Region 1 Icons of Sci-fi: Toho Collection Sony (2009) Order
Japan Region 2 Beauty and the Liquid People Toho (2005)
United States Blu-ray The H-Man / Battle in Outer Space Mill Creek Entertainment (2020) Order

CD Soundtracks

The H-Man
The H-Man

Background and Trivia

  • Columbia Pictures registered the film with the US copyright office on June 6th, 1959 under registration number LP0000014162. Oddly, the movie was registered with the title "H Man", with no hyphen or "The" as is used for the American title under Columbia Pictures. On February 23rd, 1983, they renewed the copyright once more under the name "H Man". On December 20th, 2002, Toho finally registered the movie with the US copyright office. Oddly, the titles they used were the US one, "The H-Man", and the Romaji title, "Bijo to Ekitainingen". The actual international title, though, was stated as just "H-Man" back in 1994 for the book Distributed by Toho Special Effects Movies 1954-1999 (ISBN: T1065429631982).
  • The electric sounding "ping" noises heard in Masaru Sato's soundtrack are actually achieved from plucking piano strings and then doubling that sound with woodwinds. Noted in Age of the Gods (self-published).
  • The movie's Japanese title, "Beauty and the Liquid People", is an intentional play on the title "Beauty and the Beast". Confirmed in Age of the Gods (self-published).
  • Actress Yumi Shirakawa earned top billing for her work on the film, ahead of her male costars.


Nicholas Driscoll [Columbia] Star Rating
December 16, 2009
Anthony Romero Star Rating
July 3, 2020