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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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Most horrifying hell creature that ever menaced all mankind! See more »


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6 August 1957 (USA)  »

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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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While shooting the scene in which Rodan flies over the bridge in Saikai Village in Kyushu, the pulley from which Haruo Nakajima was suspended broke. He fell from a height of 25 feet, but the wings and the water, which was about one and a half feet deep, absorbed much of the impact. See more »

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K Squadron attacks Rodan with four jets. Two are clearly shown being destroyed by Rodan, yet the lead pilot tells headquarters he's only lost one plane. Indeed, three planes are shown going after Rodan at Sasebo Bridge. See more »

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Referenced in The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror V (1994) See more »

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Radon? No, Rodan.
17 February 2008 | by (Tokyo, Japan) – See all my reviews

This one should be as remembered as the great Godzilla.

As far as the rubber suit goes, it's as good as anything the Japanese ever did. The fear striking the people when that big bird raised hell was as crazy as all get out.

The scenes in the mine didn't seem as claustrophobic as they should have been. But the discovery of the eggs was a good creep out. And the shadows on the film probably was scarier at the time.

The mystery involving the miners made a decent sub-plot as well. And I noticed from living in Japan that their fashion sense hasn't changed much. A lot of the basic styles still resemble the 50's.

Rodan was better than most everything else that the Tokyo Monster Mavens made. This needs a new re-vamping to bring it back to common knowledge.


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