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Fri, Mar 24, 2017 7:00pm –


Japan Society
333 East 47th Street
New York  New York  10017
United States
Japan Society

Beyond Godzilla | The H Man | Opening Night Party

While Godzilla undoubtedly ranks among Japanese cinema's most well-known and beloved exports, the series of films in which he stars is only one of the many remarkable entries within the rich and varied universe of Japanese tokusatsu ("special effects") films. This seven-film series, a modified version of the program organized for the 2016 Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy by film critic and writer Mark Schilling, goes beyond Toho's superstar monster to introduce a selection of titles that display the wide-ranging imagination of the Japanese sci-fi/fantasy genre, including innovative B-movies, kaiju eiga ("monster movies") and non-Godzilla classics involving director Ishiro Honda and effects maestro Eiji Tsuburaya.

Based on a scenario by Toho actor Hideo Unagami, this Ishiro Honda classic blends sci-fi, horror and noir to spooky and thrilling effect. The H-Man of the title is a creature formed of radioactive goo that is driven to liquefy humans—and can only be vanquished by electrifying or incinerating it to vapor. The film's science may be dodgy but the tense climatic chase through underground sewers, with H-Men lurking about, is a Honda career highlight. 

Your ticket includes the post-screening Opening Night Sci-Fi Party featuring a live musical performance by pop duo Twisty BonBon. Guests are warmly encouraged to come dressed up in futuristic outfits to participate in the spirit of the film series.

Click here to see a full list of titles and a video sneak peak. 

Related events 

Lecture: Beyond Godzilla with series curator Mark Schilling 

Godzilla Legend—Music of Akira Ifukube