, or Earth Defense Force
. Known in the US as The Mysterians
From behind the moon they came...
To invade Earth...
Abduct its women...
~Tagline from the American theatrical poster and the back of the Media Blasters US DVD.
The Mysterians is a 1957 alien invasion film from Toho
, directed by Ishiro Honda
, with music by Akira Ifukube
, special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya, and was produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka. If these names sound familiar, that's because these four men are the four fathers of Godzilla and are collectively known as the Toho dream team. The film stars Kenji Sahara, Akihiko Hirata, Yumi Shirakawa, Momoko Kochi, Takashi Shimura, Susumu Fujita, Tetsu Nakamura, and Yoshio Tsuchiya.
The Mysterians is the first tokusatsu film to be released in Toho Scope
and was the first Toho film to use Perspecta stereophonic sound. The movie also introduced Moguera, who would later be featured in Godzilla Vs Spacegodzilla
This film contains examples of the following: