The plot of The Mysterians scours some of the hoariest cliches of pulp science-fiction and offers up an entertaining blend of giant flying robots, rayguns, UFOs and bubble-helmeted aliens abducting human women. The effects are variable the giant robot looks like a fat, clunky anteater, while the opticals for the ray blasts look extremely cheap. However, the attack on the dome with scenes of the aliens blowing up planes and melting tanks and with humanity launching a special rocket to save the day is most entertainingly mounted. Certainly, up against this, the human element is almost entirely irrelevant. And the science is downright nonsensical like the talk of a group of stars located between Mars and Saturn.
It is interesting to make comparison between the Japanese alien invasion films and their Hollywood counterparts of the same era. A strong undercurrent of racism and superiority seems to run through certain aspects of tradtional Japanese society. This plays out in interesting ways in The Mysterians in that the aliens here initially come in peace and for once it is humanity that declares war on them. The reason that triggers off humanitys declaration of war is when the aliens suggest that humanity give them some women to repropagate their species clearly the idea of racial interbreeding is such a shocking one that humanity has to not merely decline the idea but to immediately declare war at the very suggestion.
Certainly, when it comes to East-West politics, The Mysterians has some interestingly more liberal things to say that most of the American films of the era did with there being a speech at one point: Whether they like it or not America and the Soviet Union live on the same Earth ... You can be sure that unless all people on Earth unite to fight the Mysterians, the entire Earth will eventually be destroyed.
Ishiro Hondas other genre films include:- Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1954), Gigantis the Fire Monster/Godzilla Raids Again/The Return of Godzilla (1955), Rodan the Flying Monster (1956), The H-Man (1958) about a radioactive blob that can dissolve people, the Yeti film Half-Human (1958), Varan the Unbelievable (1958), the space opera Battle in Outer Space (1961), Gorath (1962) about a rogue planet, King Kong Vs. Godzilla (1962), Mothra (1962), Atragon (1963) about a super-submarine, Attack of the Mushroom People/Matango, Fungus of Terror (1963), Godzilla vs the Thing/Mothra vs Godzilla (1964), Dagora the Space Monster (1964), The Human Vapor (1964) about a gaseous villain, Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965), Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster (1964), Monster Zero/Invasion of the Astro Monster (1965), War of the Gargantuas (1966), King Kong Escapes (1967), Destroy All Monsters (1968), Godzillas Revenge (1969), the submarine adventure Latitude Zero (1969), Yog The Monster from Outer Space (1970) and Terror of Mechagodzilla/Monsters from an Unknown Planet (1976).