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Rodan (1956)

Sora no daikaijû Radon (original title)
Unrated | | Adventure, Drama, Horror | 6 August 1957 (USA)
Mutant pterosaurs and prehistoric insects terrorize humanity.



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


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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Release Date:

6 August 1957 (USA)  »

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

Sound Mix:

(Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Japan Import DVD has Super-8mm version (Japanease Audio), as special feature. See more »


Obvious thick wires in a lot of special effect scenes throughout the movie. In some shots, even the connector pieces attaching the wires to Rodan's wings can clearly be seen. These have become one of the most recognized aspects of the film. Some of the wires were edited out in the original American release and later in the 2009 Japanese Blu-Ray version as well, although some wires are still visible. See more »

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

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21 June 2003 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

The first of the Toho "Dai Kaiju" series in colour and some of Eiji Tsuburaya's best special effects. Although shorn to a miserly 69 minutes of the original Japanese footage (plus nearly 4 minutes of actual H-Bomb test footage stuck to the beginning by the American distributors, The King Brothers) it is a fabulously made picture.

Coal miners discover gigantic insects, known as Meganurons in the original version, which attack the local village. As if that were not bad enough a monstrous flying reptile soon hatches from an egg which has also been unearthed. Rodan's appearance is a "good news/bad news" thing because he eats the giant insects, but he also causes more damage than they ever could have!

The King Brothers, who would also give us GORGO a few years later, saved money by simply repeating certain scenes and "flopping" the image on the screen so it would look (slightly) different. Rodan and its mate appear out of the same crater in the American version. In the original version the second Rodan appears with no explanation as the first one is destroying the city of Sasebo. The narration probably saved time and allowed them to use less of the Japanese footage but having seen the original version I prefer the visual aspects of it (the end sequence is just as poignant and memorable without any dialogue).

Lovers of dubbed movies will recognise the voices of Paul Frees and Marvin Miller doing almost every voice in the picture! Keye Luke, a former Number One Son in Charlie Chan movies, provides the voice of the hero and a teenaged George Takei (later Mr. Sulu on "Star Trek") can be heard also. Look carefully during the destruction of the city and you will notice one building, a camera company, is called "The Tsuburaya Company"!

In todays genres where every movie is over-laden with CGI people should pause long enough to watch this movie and see what could be done with miniatures, imagination, and heart. Eiji Tsuburaya really loved the genre and gave his best to every assignment but THIS will always be one of his best.

Oh and about the monsters name. It was originally RADON but a British toy company had a doll on the market with that name so when the movie went abroad they simply switched the vowels in the monster's name and Radon became Rodan.

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