GenreDocumentary, Music Running time58 minutes LanguageJapanese
Release date1986 (1986) WriterGakuryu Ishii (screenplay), Goro Nakajima (screenplay), Fumiaki Nagashima (screenplay) Music directorBlixa Bargeld, F.M. Einheit, Alexander Hacke, N.U. Unruh ScreenplayGakuryu Ishii, Fumiaki Nagashima, Goro Nakajima CastBlixa Bargeld, FM Einheit, Alexander Hacke, NU Unruh, Mark Chung Similar moviesRelated Gakuryu Ishii movies
Halber Mensch (also known as 1/2 Mensch) is a 1986 film by Japanese director Sogo Ishii with German band Einstürzende Neubauten. It was originally released on VHS, and re-released on DVD in 2005. The film's title comes from the album of the same name.
The one-hour film documents Einstürzende Neubauten's visit to Japan in 1985. It includes concert footage along with scenes of the band performing in an industrial building. Several songs from the "Halber Mensch" album are presented as music videos, some with accompanying Butoh dancers.
According to DVDManiacs, the DVD was originally mastered from a VHS tape, and the quality is therefore not as high as a usual DVD. The band, due to disputes with the manager of the label involved, have since released a remastered DVD on their own label.