Japan Release: 1977
Running Time:
88 minutes


Japanese Title


Distributor: Production:



Live Action Science Fiction

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International Title


Initial US Title

US Distributor: Toho (1977) / Time: 87 Minutes

Alternate Titles

[Literal Translation]




Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi
Writing credits Chiho Katsura, Nobuhiko Obayashi
Produced by Yorihiko Yamada, Nobuhiko Obayashi
Music by Asei Kobayashi, Micky Yoshino
Cinematography by Yoshitaka Sakamoto
Film Editing by Nobuo Ogawa
Assistant Director Kazuo Satsuya
Director of Special Effects Nobuhiko Obayashi
Gorgeous/Gorgeous' Mother Kimiko Ikegami
Fantasy Kumiko Ohba
Prof Ai Matsubara
Kung Fu Miki Jinbo
Gorgeous' Aunt Yoko Minamida
Ryoko Ema Haruko Wanibuchi
Mak Mieko Satoh
Sweet Masayo Miyako
Melody Eriko Tanaka
Keisuke Togo, Teacher Kiyohiko Ozaki
Gorgeous's Father Saho Sasazawa
Farmer Selling Watermelons Asei Kobayashi
Photographer Mitsutoshi Ishigami
Aunt's Fiancé Tomokazu Miura
Teacher Fumi Dan
- Ippei Hara
- Tetsuo Kanai
- Shoichi Hirose
- Yasuo Onishi
- Midori Naito
- Kiyoko Tsuji


Box Office

Release Date: July 30th, 1977 (Japan)
Distribution Earning: ¥893,000,000 / $3,500,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)

Toho Stock Footage

DVDs and Blu-rays

United States Region 1 House Criterion (2010) Order
Japan Region 2 House Toho (2001)
United States Blu-ray House Criterion (2010) Order

CD Soundtracks


Background and Trivia

  • Toho submitted the film to the US copyright office on December 27th, 2005 with the registration number of PA0001260319. The movie was submitted with just one title: House.
  • For the period, the movie's production at Toho was abnormal for several reasons. First, it was actually brought up as a project through Toho Video, which was created at Toho in 1971. Kenichiro Tsunoda, director of Toho Video's planning office, was the one who championed the project and picking the relatively unproven director Nobuhiko Obayashi. Even though the project was going through Toho Video, this still upset other directors at Toho as Obayashi didn't go through the normal process at Toho Eiga of being first an assistant director to work up toward being a director. One director who voiced displeasure over this was Hideo Onchi. Noted in Toho Special Effects Movies: Complete Works (ISBN: 9784864910132).
  • To promote the movie, a radio drama was broadcast on November 27th, 1976, on Nippon Broadcasting System. It was a four hour drama that was co-directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi and Osamu Ueno.


J.L. Carrozza Star Rating
August 26, 2006