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Rodan (1956)

Sora no daikaijû Radon (original title)
Unrated | | Adventure, Drama, Horror | 6 August 1957 (USA)
A large mining accident sets loose prehistoric Insects and giant pterosaur's on Japan.

Director:

Ishirô Honda

Writers:

David Duncan (english version), Takeshi Kimura | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kenji Sahara Kenji Sahara ... Shigeru Kawamura, colliery engineer (as Kenji Sawara)
Yumi Shirakawa Yumi Shirakawa ... Kiyo, Shigeru's lover
Akihiko Hirata ... Professor Kyuichiro Kashiwagi (biology)
Akio Kobori Akio Kobori ... Police Chief Nishimura
Yasuko Nakada Yasuko Nakada ... Female Honeymooner
Minosuke Yamada Minosuke Yamada ... Colliery Chief Osaki
Yoshifumi Tajima Yoshifumi Tajima ... Izeki, reporter of Seibu Nippou
Kiyoharu Onaka Kiyoharu Onaka ... Male Honeymooner, Sunagawa's friend (as Kiyoharu Ohnaka)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ichirô Chiba Ichirô Chiba ... Chief of police station
Mike Daneen Mike Daneen ... American Soldier Typing
Tsurue Ichimanji Tsurue Ichimanji ... Haru, Kiyo's neighbor (as Tazue Ichimanji)
Saburô Iketani Saburô Iketani ... News Reader
Saburô Kadowaki Saburô Kadowaki ... Sunagawa's colleague
Tateo Kawasaki Tateo Kawasaki ... Tsunesan, miner
Kanta Kisaragi Kanta Kisaragi ... Suteyan, miner
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Storyline

In the Japanese mining village of Kitamatsu, miners ares starting to disappear deep inside shaft number 8. Some of the men sent to investigate are killed but one who has managed to escape brings back a tale of a giant insect. Soon, the giant prehistoric insects are attacking the village. Not long after, something traveling faster than the speed of sound is found flying in the sky. It is Rodan, a giant flying prehistoric reptile that has come to life. It spreads terror throughout Japan and is seemingly invincible to any weapon they may throw at it. Written by garykmcd

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Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | Mandarin | Tagalog

Release Date:

6 August 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rodan See more »

Filming Locations:

Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$500,000, 6 August 1957

Gross USA:

$500,000, 6 August 1957
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (16 mm television syndication prints) | (English dubbed)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First Japanese monster movie filmed in color. See more »

Goofs

When the two police officers are firing on the giant insect on top of the mountain just before it attacks them, the hammers of their revolvers do not move when they are firing. See more »

Crazy Credits

In the U.S. version, special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya's name is misspelled "Eiji Tsuburya." See more »

Alternate Versions

In the original version, the scene where Kashiwagi and his staff examine the photos taken by Sunagawa's friend is slightly longer and ends with Kashiwagi comparing the photo of Rodan's wing tip with a drawing of a pteranadon. See more »

Connections

Followed by Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971) See more »

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Sora no daikaijû Radon (1956)
27 December 2011 | by SnakesOnAnAfricanPlainSee all my reviews

A great monster movie, this time in color. A similar plot to Godzilla sees nuclear testing wake up an over sized Pteranodon. In a sleepy mining village a series of mysterious attacks lead to the discovery of giant killer caterpillar. Greater darkness soon arrives in the form of an extinct beast that can flip jeeps with the swoosh of its wings. The model work is once again astounding from Toho. Even in color this looks great. It mixes live action, puppets, models, for some truly exciting aerial combat. It has less human drama than the first 2 Godzilla movies, but there is still some from the wife of a man believed to be committing the initial attacks. Rodan is great in his swooping and screaming, and the aerial footage means we aren't just getting a repeat of his more famous cousin.


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