The Transparent Man in the Dark
Japanese Tokusatsu is still on the verge of eradication today. That is too reasonable, because they have stuck to their camera technique and camera blocking, but have left the stories alone. Regrettably, some Tokusatsu fans said “We don’t care about the tales when we get satisfied with the pictures.”
As long as that is a kind of entertainment, I won’t deny it is so important for the Tokusatsu films to become plenty of punch. But without satisfactory stories, they don't have much flavor as you know.
In 1954, they released “Godzilla” which has boomed on a large scale. This year again, we have seen a Godzilla movie Hollywood remade. It shows us DNA of Godzilla is still alive finely. Now, in 1954, another motion picture of Tokusatsu was published. It is supposed we should remember also the film; “Transparent Man,” isn’t it?
Nanjo works as a clown at Cabaret Kurofune, and promised a music box to a sightless girl who lives in the flat he also lives in. In World War 2, they secretly exploited a special attack corps of transparent men in Japan. They say all of the force got dead in war. In fact, Nanjo is the holdover and so must always put on his make-up. Then, a jewelry robbery by some invisible man happens, though Nanjo is not concerned. Why…?
We’ve introduced the plot simply, and must tell you it is not a crime film but a Tokusatsu movie which gives you a lot of flavor. Irony and fantasy will make you so satisfied as much as “Godzilla.”
They tried the then limits of optical compositing on “Transparent Man” though they used a costume and miniature scale models on “Godzilla.” That technique made the old film full of subtle ambiguities.
The monochrome movie was shot by God of Tokusatsu; Eiji Tsuburaya. His last camera work is forever here with us.
about Transparent Man
・Directed by Motoyoshi Oda
・Shot by Eiji Tsuburaya
・Produced by Takeo Kita
・Written by Toshikazu Yamano, Hajime Takaiwa
・Distributed by Toho
・Original Running Time: 70 minutes
・Released on December 29, 1954
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