The Mysterians, released in Japan as Chikyū Bōeigun (地球防衛軍?, lit. "Earth Defense Force"), is a 1957 Science fiction Tokusatsu film directed by Ishirō Honda and produced & released by Toho Studios. It is notable for being the first Tokusatsu filmed in TohoScope and the first Toho film to use Perspecta stereophonic sound. Allmovie praises the film for its excellent special effects.
The Mysterians (which inspired Rudy Martinez to name his band Question Mark & the Mysterians) was followed by a sequel, Battle in Outer Space. The Mysterians, Battle in Outer Space, and Gorath are considered Toho's space-opera trilogy. For Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994), special effects director Koichi Kawakita redesigned the giant robot Mogera into an anti-Godzilla mecha called M.O.G.E.R.A. (Mobile Operation Godzilla Expert Robot Aerotype).
The films starts with Astrophysicist Ryoichi Shiraishi, his fiancee Hiroko, his sister Etsuko, and his friend Joji Atsumi witnessing a festival at a local village near Fuji[disambiguation needed]. Shiraishi then tells Atsumi that he has broken off his engagement with Hiroko but gives no reason other than undisclosed obligation to remain in the village. A mysterious forest fire is then seen near them. Shiraishi rushes out to investigate and disappears during the confusion.
The next day, Atsumi is at the local observatory, where he meets the head astronomer, Tanjiro Adachi. He hands the doctor a report written by Shiraishi. The report concerns a newly discovered asteroid that Shiraishi theorized was once a planet between Mars and Jupiter. He has named it Mysteroid. However, Adachi does not believe in his radical theory and also points out that the report is not complete.
Meanwhile, the village in which Shiraishi was staying is completely wiped out by a massive earthquake. While investigating the area, Atsumi and a group of police officers stumble upon a giant robot, Moguera. The robot then advances on a town near Koyama Bridge that night, and is met by heavy resistance from Japan's self-defense force. However, the conventional artillery has no effect on the war machine, and the automaton continues its rampage until it tries to cross the Koyama Bridge, which is detonated sending the machine crashing down to the ground below destroying it.
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Posted by Unknown on 8th Mar 2015
I had heard about this early Toho movie a several years ago but had not viewed it until just recently. Given the state of special effects at the time when this movie was created, the Mysterians held up decently. The movie was played straight although I had to laugh when I saw the aliens' costumes. Then again it isn't fair to compare against movies made in 2015. I say 'nicely done'. It has a fairly straightforward plot where you quickly discover the helpful aliens aren't all they appear to be. Great miniature sets abound and a sweet musical score. I loved, loved seeing the introduction of Moguera! You also have to admire how sharply the men and women dressed during this time period. To quote Roger Ebert, 'Thumbs up!'
Posted by nwonknU on 27th Sep 2014
Once again, sumogorilla has found me an out-of-print old-school toho movie and put it into my possession before i payed somebody 70 bucks on amazon for a used copy. Optional english subtitles, and you can switch between japanese or english dubbed. A good find for all toho/ishiro honda/only-the-dopest-movies fans