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Rodan (1956) More at IMDbPro »Sora no daikaijû Radon (original title)

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Release Date:
6 August 1957 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Kenji Sahara ... Shigeru Kawamura, colliery engineer (as Kenji Sawara)
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
Takuzô Kumagai ... Policeman Tashiro (as Jirô Kumagai)
Saeko Kuroiwa ... Nurse
Tsuruko Mano ... Osumi, Kiyo's neighbor
Mitsuo Matsumoto ... Professor Isokawa
Hideo Mihara ... Commander of JASDF
Kiyomi Mizunoya ... Otami, Yoshizo's wife
Jun'ichirô Mukai ... Military officer
Toshiko Nakano ... Kiyo's neighbor
Rinsaku Ogata ... Goro, miner, Kiyo's older brother
Keiji Sakakida ... Tahei, miner
Yasuhiro Shigenobu ... Sabu, miner
Junnosuke Suda ... Coroner
Shigemi Sunagawa ... F-86F pilot
Jirô Suzukawa ... Yoshizo, miner
Masaaki Tachibana ... Policeman
Bontarô Taira ... Laborer
Kiyoshi Takagi ... Dr.Minakami (colliery)
Kamayuki Tsubono ... Policeman of the crime laboratory
Mitsuo Tsuda ... Staff officer Takeuchi
Hideo Unagami
Akira Yamada ... Radio operator on jeep

Paul Frees ... Police Chief Nishimura (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Art Gilmore ... Narrator (uncredited) (voice: English version)

Shôichi Hirose ... F-86F pilot (uncredited)
Ren Imaizumi ... Engineer Sunagawa (seismologist) (uncredited)
Keiichirô Katsumoto ... Employee of the coal mine (uncredited)

Keye Luke ... Shigeru (uncredited) (voice: English version)
Fuyuki Murakami ... Professor Minami (science) (uncredited)

Haruo Nakajima ... Radon (Kaiju) (uncredited)
Ichirô Nakatani ... Senkichi, miner, killed by Meganuron (uncredited)
Yutaka Oka ... Kitahara, F-86F pilot (uncredited)
Tadashi Okabe ... Journalist (uncredited)

George Takei ... Professor Kashiwagi (uncredited) (voice: English version)

Katsumi Tezuka ... Hotel manager (uncredited)
Yasuhisa Tsutsumi ... Imamura, F-86F pilot (uncredited)
Kôji Uno ... Reporter (uncredited)
James Yagi ... Voice (uncredited)
Ren Yamamoto ... Soldier in Jeep (uncredited)

Directed by
Ishirô Honda 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Duncan  english version
Takeshi Kimura 
Ken Kuronuma  story
Takeo Murata 

Produced by
Frank King .... producer (US version)
Maurice King .... producer (US version)
Tomoyuki Tanaka .... producer
Original Music by
Akira Ifukube 
Cinematography by
Isamu Ashida 
Film Editing by
Robert S. Eisen (supervising editor) (english version)
Kôichi Iwashita 
Production Design by
Tatsuo Kita 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jun Fukuda .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Masanobu Miyazaki .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Eiji Tsuburaya .... director of special effects
Akira Watanabe .... special effects art director
Visual Effects by
Hiroshi Mukoyama .... special effects opticals
Sadamasa Arikawa .... special effects assistant camera (uncredited)
Haruo Nakajima .... wire stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Paul Sawtell .... composer: additional music: English version
Bert Shefter .... composer: additional music: English version

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Also Known As:
"Sora no daikaijû Radon" - Japan (original title)
"Radon the Sky Monster" - International (English title) (literal title)
"Rodan! The Flying Monster" - USA
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82 min | USA:70 min (16 mm television syndication prints) | USA:72 min (English dubbed version) | USA:74 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X | USA:Unrated | USA:TV-Y7 (Disney Channel) | USA:Approved (certificate #18599) | West Germany:12 (cut)

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In his autobiography, George Takei says that this was his first professional acting job, and all dialogue voices were provided by himself, Keye Luke, "another man" (Paul Frees) and one woman.See more »
Continuity: During the initial Air Force pursuit of Rodan, Dog Squadron is shown with four planes. Two are destroyed and the remaining pilot reports both wing men down. The fourth jet is never referred to.See more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
One of the top Japanese monster movies., 16 October 2000
Author: lartronic from Akron, Ohio.

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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