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Rodan (1956)
"Sora no daikaijû Radon" (original title)

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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 Nakata ...
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
Tazue Ichimanji ...
Haru, Kiyo's neighbor
Saburô Iketani ...
News Reader
Saburô Kadowaki ...
Sunagawa's colleague
Tateo Kawasaki ...
Tsunesan, miner
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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| (16 mm television syndication prints) | (English dubbed)

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(Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This became the biggest success for the small U.S. distributor DCA. Later material sent to exhibitors for other releases would carry the slogan "From the company that brought you 'Rodan'." See more »

Goofs

When the troops enter the mine, Shigeru states that the water level has gone down, enough so the troops can advance easily. Yet, when he releases the coal cars and kills the monster, both the giant insect and the coal cars sink completely out of sight in the water. Shigeru and the troops go past without any trace of the insect or cars seen. See more »

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Monster fun
11 September 2003 | by (Cathedral City, CA) – See all my reviews

OK, I know it's only a guy in a rubber suit, but I'm a sucker for those 1950's monster flic. Rodan rates as one of the favorites. Hindered by dated special effects, (you can tell the monsters are people in uniforms; the buildings are obviously miniature, cheaply built sets; the acting is, of course, awful) but it's still a fun watch. Good campy fun when you keep it in perspective. At the end, a tear even comes to the eye as the 2 Rodans share their fate together. It will always be part of my library. Try to get the original Japanese version if you can. Though expensive and not subtitled into English, it gives a story a whole different look.


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