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Rodan (1956)

Sora no daikaijû Radon (original title)
Unrated | | Adventure, Drama, Horror | 6 August 1957 (USA)
Mutant pterosaurs and prehistoric insects terrorize humanity.

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

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(Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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This became the biggest success for the small U.S. distributor DCA. Later material sent to exhibitors for other releases would carry the slogan "From the company that brought you 'Rodan'." See more »

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When the troops enter the mine, Shigeru states that the water level has gone down, enough so the troops can advance easily. Yet, when he releases the coal cars and kills the monster, both the giant insect and the coal cars sink completely out of sight in the water. Shigeru and the troops go past without any trace of the insect or cars seen. See more »

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Cool Monster Movie
8 November 2008 | by (Maryland) – See all my reviews

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.


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