An experimental lab animal called a gargantua escapes from his captors and is suspected to be the creature that is killing people all over the countryside. But when the gargantua from the ... 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
George Takei was the first Japanese-American actor to do voice-overs for Toho's movies. Previously, Chinese-American actors, including James Hong, Sammee Tong and Keye Luke, were used. At the time, Chinese actors had filled a niche in Hollywood, portraying Japanese soldiers and civilians in war movies. See more »
When Shigeru and the scientists are in the cavern looking for traces of the egg Rodan hatched from, he finds a piece of shell and hands it to Kashiwagi. However, the sample in Kashiwagi's lab is much larger than the sample that was taken from the cave. See more »
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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