Japanese Science Fiction

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1. The Mysterians (1957)

TV-Y7 | 85 min | Action, Family, Sci-Fi

Shortly after a giant robot destroys a village, aliens from outer space arrive offering friendship. Will stupid Earth creatures tie these two events together?

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Kenji Sahara, Yumi Shirakawa, Momoko Kôchi, Akihiko Hirata

Votes: 1,234 | Gross: $0.98M

2. Latitude Zero (1969)

G | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A journalist is saved by a giant submarine captained by a 200 year old man who takes him to an underwater paradise city where no one ages. That's when monsters and mutants sent by the captain's rival, a 200 year old scientist, attack.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Akira Takarada, Joseph Cotten, Cesar Romero, Richard Jaeckel

Votes: 621

3. The H-Man (1958)

Approved | 79 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi

When a narcotics deal goes sour and a suspect disappears, leaving only his clothes, Tokyo police question his wife and stake out the nightclub where she works. His disappearance stumps the ... See full summary »

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Yumi Shirakawa, Kenji Sahara, Akihiko Hirata, Eitarô Ozawa

Votes: 1,048

4. Gorath (1962)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Family, Sci-Fi

In 1980, a giant planetoid named Gorath is discovered to be on a collision course with Earth. Even though it is smaller than Earth, its mass is huge enough to crush the Earth and destroy it... See full summary »

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Ryô Ikebe, Yumi Shirakawa, Akira Kubo, Kumi Mizuno

Votes: 545

5. The X from Outer Space (1967)

PG | 89 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

When a crew of scientists returns from Mars with a sample of the space spores that contaminated their ship, the sample escapes and grows into an enormous, rampaging beaked beast.

Director: Kazui Nihonmatsu | Stars: Eiji Okada, Shun'ya Wazaki, Itoko Harada, Peggy Neal

Votes: 1,016

6. Nosutoradamusu no daiyogen (1974)

88 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Professor Nishiyama, after studying and interpreting the prophecies of Nostradamus, realizes that the end of the world is at hand. Unfortunately, nobody listens to him until it is too late.... See full summary »

Director: Toshio Masuda | Stars: Tetsurô Tanba, Toshio Kurosawa, Kaoru Yumi, Yôko Tsukasa

Votes: 223

7. Warning from Space (1956)

Unrated | 87 min | Sci-Fi

UFOs are seen around Tokyo. Because they look like giant starfish the aliens cannot approach us without creating panic. Hence one of them sacrifices itself and takes the form of a popular ... See full summary »

Director: Kôji Shima | Stars: Keizô Kawasaki, Toyomi Karita, Bin Yagisawa, Shôzô Nanbu

Votes: 735

8. Matango (1963)

Unrated | 89 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Shipwrecked survivors slowly transform into mushrooms.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Akira Kubo, Kumi Mizuno, Hiroshi Koizumi, Kenji Sahara

Votes: 2,331

9. Battle in Outer Space (1959)

90 min | Sci-Fi

The nations of the Earth unite in a common cause to fight off an invader from outer space.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Ryô Ikebe, Kyôko Anzai, Minoru Takada, Koreya Senda

Votes: 933

10. The Human Vapor (1960)

Not Rated | 81 min | Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller

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 ... See full summary »

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Tatsuya Mihashi, Kaoru Yachigusa, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Keiko Sata

Votes: 295

11. Densô ningen (1960)

85 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Men are being murdered by a psycho called "The Telegian," who uses a matter-transmitting device to locate his victims.

Director: Jun Fukuda | Stars: Kôji Tsuruta, Yumi Shirakawa, Seizaburô Kawazu, Yoshio Tsuchiya

Votes: 138

12. The Last War (1961)

110 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

This Japanese film speculates on the events which lead the U.S. and the Soviet Union into a nuclear Armageddon.

Director: Shûe Matsubayashi | Stars: Furankî Sakai, Akira Takarada, Yuriko Hoshi, Nobuko Otowa

Votes: 175

13. Tidal Wave (1973)

PG | 82 min | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama

Racked by earthquakes and volcanos, Japan is slowly sinking into the sea. A race against time and tide begins as Americans and the Japanese work together to salvage some fraction of the ... See full summary »

Directors: Shirô Moritani, Andrew Mayer | Stars: Lorne Greene, Keiju Kobayashi, Rhonda Leigh Hopkins, Hiroshi Fujioka

Votes: 297

15. The Green Slime (1968)

G | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

After destroying a giant asteroid heading towards Earth, a group of scientists unknowingly bring back a strange green substance that soon mutates into a monster.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Robert Horton, Luciana Paluzzi, Richard Jaeckel, Bud Widom

Votes: 2,877

16. Message from Space (1978)

PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

In this Star Wars take-off, the peaceful planet of Jillucia has been nearly wiped out by the Gavanas, whose leader takes orders from his mother (played by a comic actor in drag) rather than... See full summary »

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Vic Morrow, Shin'ichi Chiba, Philip Casnoff, Peggy Lee Brennan

Votes: 1,099

17. The War in Space (1977)

85 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Earth is attacked by alien spacecraft from Venus. But a Japanese scientist has constructed a space craft, the Gohten, with which he may save humanity.

Director: Jun Fukuda | Stars: Kensaku Morita, Yûko Asano, Ryô Ikebe, Masaya Oki

Votes: 380

18. Day of Resurrection (1980)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

After a virus devastates the global human population, survivors in Antarctica desperately try to find a cure and save the human race.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Masao Kusakari, Tsunehiko Watase, Isao Natsuyagi, Shin'ichi Chiba

Votes: 1,899

19. Bye Bye Jupiter (1984)

130 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

While extracting water from the Martian polar ice caps, ancient carvings are uncovered describing an alien spacecraft crashing into Jupiter, postponing plans to turn Jupiter into a second Sun.

Directors: Koji Hashimoto, Sakyo Komatsu | Stars: Tomokazu Miura, Dangely Diane, Miyuki Ono, Rachel Huggett

Votes: 192

20. Blue Christmas (1978)

133 min | Sci-Fi

UFOs appear on Earth, and people who actually see them suddenly find that their blood has turned blue. Soon panic and hysteria result in the new "blue-bloods" being persecuted by the rest ... See full summary »

Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Hiroshi Katsuno, Keiko Takeshita, Eiji Okada, Kaoru Yachigusa

Votes: 72

21. Esupai (1974)

87 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A bad ESP syndicate is planning to kill world leaders through mental telepathy. The good guys are a top secret group called ESPY and they're in charge of stopping the killer psychics.

Director: Jun Fukuda | Stars: Hiroshi Fujioka, Kaoru Yumi, Masao Kusakari, Yûzô Kayama

Votes: 74

23. Shuto shôshitsu (1987)

120 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi

Based on a science-fiction novel by Sakyo Komatsu. Tokyo is suddendly covered by a dome shaped electromagantic cloud for an unknown reason and is totally blocked and isolated from other ... See full summary »

Director: Toshio Masuda | Stars: Midori Ebina, Eimei Esumi, Masato Hoshi, Renji Ishibashi

Votes: 132

24. Invasion of the Neptune Men (1961)

74 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Clumsy invaders from Neptune are thwarted by hero Space Chief and a nondescript group of microshort-wearing Japanese kids.

Director: Kôji Ohta | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Ryûko Minakami, Mitsue Komiya, Seiichirô Kameishi

Votes: 2,382

25. The Terror Beneath the Sea (1966)

79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

While covering a test of guided torpedoes, two reporters believe they saw what appeared to be a strange-looking swimming creature. They investigate the matter further and discover that ... See full summary »

Director: Hajime Satô | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Peggy Neal, Franz Gruber, Gunter Braun

Votes: 305

26. The Golden Bat (1966)

73 min | Adventure, Action, Sci-Fi

When the Earth is threatened by an evil alien, a group of UN scientists travel to the lost city of Atlantis where they unearth a superhuman mummy named The Golden Bat who is prophesied to help the humans survive this terrible attack.

Director: Hajime Satô | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Osamu Kobayashi, Wataru Yamagawa, Hisako Tsukuba

Votes: 152

27. Wolf Guy (1975)

Not Rated | 86 min | Action, Horror

Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba is WOLFGUY, the only survivor of a clan of werewolves who relies on his feral, full-moon-activated superpowers to solve mysterious crimes. One night, a bizarre and ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Kyôsuke Machida, Yuriko Azuma, Saburô Date

Votes: 532

28. The Visitor in the Eye (1977)

100 min | Sci-Fi

Komori Tiaki is a budding tennis student, however one day in training her coach hits the ball into her eye accidentally. She is taken to hospital but is advised that she will never regain the sight in her eye.

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi | Stars: Jô Shishido, Nagisa Katahira, Shingo Yamamoto, Etsuko Shihomi

Votes: 51

29. I Want To (1979)

85 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A squadron of Japanese Self-Defense Force soldiers find themselves transported through time to their country's warring states era, when rival samurai clans were battling to become the ... See full summary »

Director: Kôsei Saitô | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Jun Etô, Moeko Ezawa, Ryô Hayami

Votes: 824

30. Tômei ningen (1954)

70 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A car strikes an unseen object; blood spreads from an invisible source which becomes visible as the bleeding man dies. He carries with him a suicide note dedicated to his only friend, who ... See full summary »

Director: Motoyoshi Oda | Stars: Seizaburô Kawazu, Miki Sanjô, Minoru Takada, Yoshio Tsuchiya

Votes: 80

31. Fugitive Alien (1987 TV Movie)

102 min | Action, Sci-Fi

An alien is pursued as a traitor by his own race because he refuses to kill humans.

Directors: Minoru Kanaya, Kiyosumi Kuzakawa | Stars: Tatsuya Azuma, Miyuki Tanigawa, Jô Shishido, Chôei Takahashi

Votes: 645

32. Star Force: Fugitive Alien II (1987 TV Movie)

75 min | Sci-Fi

In this second film compiled from two episodes of a Japanese TV serial, Captain Joe, reformed interstellar marauder Ken and the rest of the crew of the Backus-3 set off to destroy an alien ... See full summary »

Directors: Minoru Kanaya, Kiyosumi Kuzakawa | Stars: Jô Shishido, Tatsuya Azuma, Miyuki Tanigawa, Chôei Takahashi

Votes: 454

33. Tokyo: The Last Megalopolis (1988)

135 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A demonic reincarnation of a Japanese general from the 10th century appears in the early 20th century Tokyo with a mission to destroy the blooming city.

Director: Akio Jissôji | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Kyûsaku Shimada, Mieko Harada, Jun'ichi Ishida

Votes: 299

34. The Drifting Classroom (1987)

104 min | Sci-Fi

An international school in Kobe, Japan is catapulted into the future after a time-slip occurs.

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi | Stars: Yasufumi Hayashi, Aiko Asano, Vajra Barzaghi, Leana D'Aloisio

Votes: 123

35. Drifting School (1995)

90 min | Action

A spy satellite has malfunctioned and is going to crash into the Earth. The US government bring on line a power laser. When the laser strikes the satellite, it causes a rip and time and ... See full summary »

Director: Junichi Mimura | Stars: Billy Drago, Ron Melendez, Henry Silva, Bubba Smith

Votes: 60

37. Invaders from Space (1965 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 78 min | Sci-Fi

A bunch of pernicious salamander men from the planet Kulimon in the Moffit Galaxy plan on taking over Earth by unleashing a lethal plague on mankind. It's up to valiant superhero Starman ... See full summary »

Directors: Koreyoshi Akasaka, Teruo Ishii, Akira Mitsuwa | Stars: Ken Utsui, Minako Yamada, Junko Ikeuchi, Sachihiro Ohsawa

Votes: 312

38. Attack from Space (1965 TV Movie)

76 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Benevolent aliens from the planet Emerald send superhero Starman to protect Earth from invasion by an evil alien race called the Spherions. When Starman arrives on Earth, he discovers a ... See full summary »

Directors: Koreyoshi Akasaka, Teruo Ishii, Akira Mitsuwa | Stars: Ken Utsui, Utako Mitsuya, Sachihiro Ohsawa, Hiroshi Hayashi

Votes: 419

39. Evil Brain from Outer Space (1965 TV Movie)

78 min | Action, Sci-Fi

A monstrous evil brain from outer space leads his minions on a crusade to conquer the universe, and unleashes hideous monsters on Earth that spread deadly diseases. Superhero Starman must ... See full summary »

Directors: Koreyoshi Akasaka, Teruo Ishii, Akira Mitsuwa | Stars: Ken Utsui, Junko Ikeuchi, Minoru Takada, Makoto Abe

Votes: 603

40. Atomic Rulers (1965 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Super criminals are planning to infiltrate Earth with mass nuclear destruction! Only Starman can defend civilization by thwarting evil!

Directors: Koreyoshi Akasaka, Teruo Ishii, Akira Mitsuwa | Stars: Ken Utsui, Sachihiro Ohsawa, Junko Ikeuchi, Minako Yamada

Votes: 293

41. Prince of Space (1959)

121 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

When an alien force tries to invade Earth to steal a powerful new rocket fuel, a mysterious hero intervenes.

Director: Eijirô Wakabayashi | Stars: Tatsuo Umemiya, Hiroko Mine, Takashi Kanda, Ushio Skashi

Votes: 2,656

42. King Kong Escapes (1967)

G | 96 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

King Kong is brought in by an evil ruler to dig for precious gems in a mine when the robot MechaKong is unable to do the task. This leads to the machine and the real Kong engaging in a tremendous battle that threatens to level Japan.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Rhodes Reason, Mie Hama, Linda Miller, Akira Takarada

Votes: 2,003

43. Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965)

Unrated | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

During WWII, a human heart taken from a certain lab in Europe (Dr. Frankenstein's) is kept in a Japanese lab, when it gets exposed to the radiation of the bombing of Hiroshima. The heart ... See full summary »

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Tadao Takashima, Nick Adams, Kumi Mizuno, Yoshio Tsuchiya

Votes: 1,610

44. The Last Dinosaur (1977)

Not Rated | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A wealthy big game hunter and his group become trapped in prehistoric times where they are stalked by a ferocious dinosaur.

Directors: Alexander Grasshoff, Tsugunobu Kotani | Stars: Richard Boone, Joan Van Ark, Steven Keats, Luther Rackley

Votes: 644



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