Shipwreck survivors are found on Beiru Island (Infanto tô), which was previously used for atomic tests. The interior is amazingly free of radiation effects, and they believe that they were ... See full summary »
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
Toho floated the idea of making a sequel of sorts to this movie, but featuring giant insects. However, the idea died in the planning stages because American audiences were in the midst of a wave of giant insect movies (i.e., Them! (1954), Tarantula (1955), The Deadly Mantis (1957), The Black Scorpion (1957), The Spider (1958)). See more »
When the man's hat lands in the volcano crater, it hits a rock which rolls over. the hat wouldn't have been have been strong enough or have enough force to move a rock. See more »
In the U.S. version, special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya's name is misspelled "Eiji Tsuburya." See more »
I just saw the movie. I've always liked Rodan, but now, after seeing his feature film, I can safely say he's definitely my favorite daikaiju.
It all starts in a 1950's Japanese mining village, when a group of miners disappear into a flooded mineshaft. Later, it's discovered that they were eaten by giant bugs who've been awaken by nuclear bomb tests. The army is brought in, and they deal with the bugs, but they soon learn that the worst is yet to come. Also in the mine, the miners discover not one, but two mutant pteranodons (Rodan), which dig their way out of the mine and terrorize Japan.
If you've seen a B monster movie, then you probably already know how the plot goes, a monster is discovered, it's identified by scientists, and then the army needs to come up with a creative, yet effective way of stopping it. The special effects are pretty good for the time period. But where this movie shines is in it's action scenes. Unlike Godzilla, who slowly lumbers along, Rodan is a high speed killer, so all the action scenes are all fast-paced and intense. Heck, even the action scenes with the giant bugs were cool. I was hardly ever bored with this movie.
(Oh, and I mean no disrespect to Godzilla.)
I did have a few complaints with this movie. First, it was too short. (The Dark Knight was too long, and Rodan was too short.) Seriously, 70 minutes? It could've been a little bit longer, at least 90 minutes. And second, the ending was a bit anti-climatic. But other than that, it was a fun monster movie. If you love monster movies, particularly the Godzilla movies, you should give this one a watch.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?