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

Unrated  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Horror  |  6 August 1957 (USA)
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Mutant pterosaurs and prehistoric insects terrorize humanity.

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Cast

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
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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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Thundering out of unknown skies--The super-sonic hell-creatuire no weapon could destroy! See more »


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Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

(Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the monster in Japan was "Radon". However, because there was a soap by that name in the US, when dubbed for the US market the name was changed to "Rodan". See more »

Goofs

Obvious thick wires in a lot of Rodan's scenes, when flying or causing destruction in the town. In some shots, even the connector pieces attaching the wires to the wings can clearly be seen. Some of these were corrected in the American release. See more »

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One of the top Japanese monster movies.
16 October 2000 | by (Akron, Ohio.) – See all my reviews

This movie is awesome! The first Japanese monster movie in full color is one of the best ever made. It would have been cool to see a color Godzilla film from the 50's, but this is close enough. Rodan is fantastic, too bad he (or they) didn't have any more solo efforts, this would have been great as a series. A great classic that is a must view.


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