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
The cable supporting Rodan over Sasebo Bridge snapped, causing the stuntman in the suit to fall 25 feet into the water. The incident is left in the movie as the scene where Rodan dives into the water near the bridge and submerges. The cables were reattached for the scene where Rodan lifts off out of the water, but they almost broke again because the suit became waterlogged and doubled in weight. See more »
In the aftermath of the Rodans' attack, the police inspector comments "They've left two cities burning". Actually, only one city was destroyed. No other cities besides Sasebo (Fukuoka in the Japanese version) are mentioned. See more »
In the U.S. version, special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya's name is misspelled "Eiji Tsuburya." See more »
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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