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

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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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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 »

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The photos of the insects that Prof. Kashiwagi presents to Police Chief Nishimura are clearly publicity stills. They are taken in daylight and no scene in the movie presents an occasion for such a photograph to have been taken. See more »

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Radon? No, Rodan.
17 February 2008 | by (Tokyo, Japan) – See all my reviews

This one should be as remembered as the great Godzilla.

As far as the rubber suit goes, it's as good as anything the Japanese ever did. The fear striking the people when that big bird raised hell was as crazy as all get out.

The scenes in the mine didn't seem as claustrophobic as they should have been. But the discovery of the eggs was a good creep out. And the shadows on the film probably was scarier at the time.

The mystery involving the miners made a decent sub-plot as well. And I noticed from living in Japan that their fashion sense hasn't changed much. A lot of the basic styles still resemble the 50's.

Rodan was better than most everything else that the Tokyo Monster Mavens made. This needs a new re-vamping to bring it back to common knowledge.


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