The Human Vapor 1960

A librarian is subject to a scientific experiment which goes wrong and transforms him into 'The Human Vapour'. He uses his new ability to rob banks to fund the career of his girlfriend, a beautiful dancer. The Human Vapour is ruthless in his quest for money and kills anyone who stands in his way, especially police. He soon becomes Tokyo's most wanted criminal. Can he be stopped before he kills again?

The Cast

Tatsuya Mihashi-Detective Okamoto
Kaoru Yachigusa-Fujichiyo Kasuga
Yoshio Tsuchiya-Mizuno, the Librarian /
Keiko Sata-Reporter Kyoko
Hisaya Itô-Police Scientist
Yoshifumi Tajima-Sergeant
Yoshio Kosugi-Mean Detective
Fuyuki Murakami-Dr. Sano

The Director: Ishirô Honda
The Writers: Takeshi Kimura
Music by: Kunio Miyauchi

Film Trivia

Cult music group Man or Astroman? took their name from a line in the film's trailer.
When August Ragone worked at MGM, he pulled the files for both The Human Vapor and Gorath (another Brenco release) and, though they had been acquired long before May 1964, there was no indication, at least in the files, that they had been exhibited before that. MGM still owns 35mm elements Brenco used for their heavily bastardized edited versions of those films, but as he recall they were all in extremely poor condition.
The Human Vapour was distributed in Japan by Toho on December 11, 1960. The film was later released in the United States as The Human Vapor by Brenco Pictures with an English-language dub May 20, 1964. The film was a double feature with Gorath and edited down to 79 minutes.