Director: Ishiro Honda
Mothers hide your daughters... the Mysterians are coming! The Mysterians is simply a delight. Produced by the Toho Company, adding to their already high volume of memorable films, and directed by the legendary Ishiro Honda, the movie is an enjoyable science fiction romp that puts the fun in FUNdamentally fantastic. Bringing the same dark lessons of the atomic age that Godzilla and H-Man had brought to the table, The Mysterians tells its own cautionary tale of man’s tendency to destroy and his corruptible nature for the pursuit of power.
The film begins with a series of strange events that eventually escalate into the destruction of an entire village in the rural area of
Ishiro Honda brings another Toho gem to the masses, keeping that signature style and sensibility that has made his other efforts so captivating. The story, though simple and straight forward, has an intricate underlying allegory that echoes
Luckily he is accomplished enough as a director to be able to balance such heavy issues with a whimsical sense of adventure and awe. Much like his approaches with the films Godzilla, The H-Man, and Battle in Outer Space, all three films deal with moral dilemmas for their main characters but he’s able to mask that serious tone behind extravagant events to better tell the tale metaphorically instead of literally. The same can be said for George Romero’s work. He also likes to blend social and political metaphors within his movies, giving the films an added layer that makes them more of a substantial work of art rather then just entertaining fluff. Ishiro’s films may look like run of the mill popcorn flicks to the mass audiences out there that don’t appreciate such work, but underneath the spectacle remains a rather poignant statement on the culture’s mind set at the time.
Metaphorical statements aside, the film is a tremendous bit of fun. The notion of an alien race coming down and demanding to reside among us while taking Earthlings as their own is just too wild not to be fun. Plus the fact that they appear to be technologically superior to us in ever way only seems to add to the intriguing nature of the premise. How would we repel such a foe? I found myself being swept up in the drama of it all even though it was on the surface meant to be a fun bit of fantasy. It seems that with all of these Toho science fiction films that I’ve been running through lately, that they seem to nail those absorbing concepts that fascinate the mind and keep you hooked.
It also doesn’t hurt that the films look spectacular. The Toho Company at this time had such a consistent output of visually enthralling films that you really have to commend them on producing such a large array of outstanding productions. Their effects and miniature work alone is so beautifully constructed and lovingly recreated that it makes for one hell of an enjoyable viewing. Visible strings on the spaceships aside, I’ve always been impressed with the science fiction films of this era and Toho is one studio that has never disappointed me with their ambitious outpouring of quality films. The Mysterians is a wonderful example of the kind of extraordinary stories that they were able to tell, ones that are both fun and compelling all at the same time.
The Mysterians is a science fiction film that balances the cerebral fears of a society still recovering from the after effects of atomic warfare with the adventurous nature of what could await us out there beyond the stars. The culture clash between the Mysterians and the people of Earth doesn’t disappoint and the overall epic span of the production is felt throughout the entire runtime of the film.
If you’ve got an itch to check out what the Toho Company has to offer, then pop this Ishiro Honda created behemoth into your player and enjoy the insanity of Japanese Sci-Fi. You really can’t go wrong with this one. I mean come on, aliens coming down to take our women away, that’s just too crazy to miss! The Mysterians is a good time at the cinema, but most of all it’s…….
|We don't need no water let the motherfucker burn! Burn Motherfucker!|
|We'll come up with a plan to beat those Mysterians.... just right after the game.|
|Hello there folks.|
|The only way they're gonna get my girl is over my dead body.|
|This film is a real scorcher.|
|Hello again foks.|
|Something sneaky is happening on the moon.|
|Well, after you gentlemen.|
|You look FABULOUS!|
|Stop watching your Soaps and get back to work!|
|Damn I can't wait to tap all that Earthling ass.|
|This..... is a mountain.|
|You have a little Mysterian in you? Do you want to? Real slick buddy.|
|Ladies and gentlemen, the Brides of the Mysterians.|
|Everyone enjoying the show?|
|No! Not the mashed-potato gun! You fiend!|
|Look! Here come the end credits!|