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Japanese disaster film about a giant meteor on a collision course with the Earth. The dubbed American version of this film is missing a giant walrus which appeared briefly in the Japanese ... See full summary »
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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
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 »
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 »
Giant Monster from the Skies: Radon (literal title) has to be one of Toho's greatest films ever. The American and international version is okay, but they inserted annoying narration and deleted some of the simple but cool special effects that were in the original version. The film plays much more like a horror film in its original Japanese version than the American, which deletes some of the music and effects that give the Japanese version its punch. The original doesn't turn to an all out Kaiju romp until about the last 45 minutes, where we are shown some of Toho's best effects work ever. Both the Americanized version and the original Japanese are available from yours truely, email if you have questions. Definate classic of the genre.
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