The Human Vapour

Japan Release: 1960
Running Time:
91 minutes

The Human Vapour

Japanese Title

[Gasu Ningen Dai Ichi Go]

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International Title

The Human Vapour

Initial US Title

The Human Vapor
US Distributor: Brenco Pictures (1964) / Time: 81 minutes

Alternate Titles

The First Gas Human Being
[Literal Translation]


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Directed by Ishiro Honda
Writing credits Takeshi Kimura
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka
Music by Kunio Miyauchi
Cinematography by Hajime Koizumi
Film Editing by Kazuji Taira
Production Design by Kiyoshi Shimizu, Teisho Arikawa
Assistant Director Koji Kajita
Director of Special Effects Eiji Tsuburaya
Mizuno, Librarian/Vapor Man Yoshio Tsuchiya
Okamoto, Detective Tatsuya Mihashi
Fujichiyo Kasuga Kaoru Yachigusa
Kyoko Kono, Reporter Keiko Sata
Tamiya, Doctor Hisaya Ito
Tabata, Sergeant Yoshifumi Tajima
Inao, Detective Yoshio Kosugi
Sano, Doctor Fuyuki Murakami
Jiya, Fujichiyo's Attendant Bokuzen Hidari
Police Chief Takamaru Sasaki
Hayama, Official Minosuke Yamada
Ikeda, Editor Tatsuo Matsumura
Fujita, Detective Ko Mishima
Kawasaki, Kyoko's Fellow Reporter Kozo Nomura
Nomura, Robber Ren Yamamoto
Fujichiyo's Teacher Somesho Matsumoto
Tobe, Journalist Tetsu Nakamura
Satoyo, Wife Toki Shiozawa
Ozaki, Policeman Kamayuki Tsubono
Bank Manager Yasuhisa Tsutsumi
Cops Akio Kusama, Yutaka Oka
Hotta, Guard Yukihiko Gondo
Guard Shoichi Hirose
Audience Members Wataru Omae, Hideo Shibuya
Bystander Junpei Natsuki


DVDs and Blu-rays

Japan Region 2 Gas Human Being Number One Toho (2002)

CD Soundtracks

The Human Vapor
The Human Vapor

Background and Trivia

  • Heritage Enterprises, who would later do a copyright claim with Brenco Pictures, submitted the movie to the US copyright office on May 14th, 1981. This was under registration number V1841P347 and included 58 titles in title, with this 1960 production under the name The Human Vapor. On February 3rd, 1988, Toho submitted the movie to the US copyright office under registration number PA0000369118. The titles they user were the international title, The Human Vapour, and the Romaji title, Gas Ningen Dai Ichi-go.
  • The script, by Takeshi Kimura, had been languishing at Toho since 1958 before production began. In addition, original drafts of the film were simply titled "Toho's Third Mutant Movie". However, by the time it was released, it had been beaten to the market by other films in the genre such as Secret of the Telegian (1960) earlier that year. For reference, the earlier two "mutant" films being referenced were The Invisible Man (1954) and H-Man (1958). Noted in Age of the Gods (self-published).
  • Actor Yoshio Tsuchiya prefers the US version to the Japanese due to the fact that it gets to the heart of the matter faster. That said, he was surprised and disappointed that the music for the Noh dance sequence was replaced. Mentioned in Age of the Gods (self-published).
  • Actor Yoshio Tsuchiya recalled that once, while traveling in America, he was staying at the Rocky Mountain Hotel. While dining there, a nearby theater happened to playing The Human Vapour. As the audience left the theater, they were shocked to see the actor nearby and a line for autographs quickly formed. Brought up in Age of the Gods (self-published).


Nicholas Driscoll (6/23/2009) [Brenco] Star Rating
June 23, 2009