Before We Vanish (散歩する侵略者)
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Before We Vanish (散歩する侵略者)
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© 2017 "Before We Vanish" Film Partners

They already walk among us and their plans for human extinction are afoot


Phase 1: Information Gathering. Three aliens seize the bodies and memories of three people in the outskirts of Tokyo in order to gather intel on humans. They must decode our language, by connecting words to concepts they symbolise, before they can start an invasion.

In an age overflowing with novelty news and indifference, nobody notices the aliens amongst them. Graphic designer Narumi (Masami Nagasawa, Our Little Sister) believes her husband Shinji (Ryuhei Matsuda; My UncleThe Great PassageThe Raid 2) went missing because of early on-set alzheimer’s and tabloid journalist Sakurai (Hiroki Hasegawa; Shin Godzilla, A Double Life) thinks he’s just following two murderous teenagers, Tachibana and Amano. However, Shinji, Tachibana and Amano, are all alien invaders walking in plain sight.

With the fate of the Earth in their hands, what choices will Narumi and Sakurai make before humanity is extinguished? Will the aliens gather enough information to launch an invasion?


Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Creepy) directs a unique alien invasion film without spaceships nor slimy creatures. Instead of intergalactic voyages, we take a semiotic tour of humanity guided by aliens who communicate with thoughts instead of words. With a fantastic ensemble cast, featuring newcomers Mahiro Takasugi (Tori Girl) and Yuri Tsunematsu, Before We Vanish is a genre-bending social commentary with human drama at its core.

Year: 2017
Length: 129 mins
Classification rating: Recommended for ages 15 and over
Audience warning: This film contains moderate themes with moderate violence and gore.

In Japanese with English subtitles.


  • Director
    Kiyoshi Kurosawa/
  • Producer
    Yoshio Nakayama/
  • Original Story
    Tomohiro Maekawa/
  • Screenplay
    Sachiko Tanaka/ Kiyoshi Kurosawa/
  • Cast
    Masami Nagasawa/ Ryuhei Matsuda/ Hiroki Hasegawa/ Mahiro Takasugi/ Yuri Tsunematsu/