Up 14,641 this week

Daikaijû Baran (1958)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.6/10 from 286 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 13 critic

When a rare species of butterfly is found in a mysterious valley in Japan, a pair of entomologists go to investigate and find more. However, when they get there they find an uncharted lake ... See full summary »



, (story)
0Check in

Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 157 titles
created 18 Jan 2012
a list of 210 titles
created 28 Nov 2013
a list of 45 titles
created 6 months ago
a list of 43 titles
created 3 months ago
a list of 47 titles
created 3 weeks ago

Related Items

Search for "Daikaijû Baran" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Daikaijû Baran (1958)

Daikaijû Baran (1958) on IMDb 5.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Daikaijû Baran.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Rodan (1956)
Adventure | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Mutant pterosaurs and prehistoric insects terrorize humanity.

Director: Ishirô Honda
Stars: Kenji Sahara, Yumi Shirakawa, Akihiko Hirata
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

During WWII, a human heart taken from a certain lab in Europe (Dr. Frankenstein's) is kept in a Japanese lab, when it gets exposed to the radiation of the bombing of Hiroshima. The heart ... See full summary »

Director: Ishirô Honda
Stars: Tadao Takashima, Nick Adams, Kumi Mizuno
Mothra (1961)
Fantasy | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

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 »

Director: Ishirô Honda
Stars: Furankî Sakai, Hiroshi Koizumi, Kyôko Kagawa
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

In an effort to find an economic means of purifying salt water, a joint U.S.-Japanese military command is set up on an isolated Japanese island where an unusual salt water lake is situated.... See full summary »

Directors: Jerry A. Baerwitz, Ishirô Honda
Stars: Myron Healey, Tsuruko Kobayashi, Clifford Kawada
Godzilla 1985 (1984)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Thirty years after the original monster's rampage, a new Godzilla emerges and attacks Japan.

Directors: Koji Hashimoto, R.J. Kizer
Stars: Raymond Burr, Ken Tanaka, Yasuko Sawaguchi
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Female aliens take control of Earth's monsters and begin using them to destroy the human race.

Director: Ishirô Honda
Stars: Akira Kubo, Jun Tazaki, Yukiko Kobayashi
Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In the midst of another rampage by Godzilla, Mothra emerges to save the human race from Battra.

Director: Takao Okawara
Stars: Tetsuya Bessho, Satomi Kobayashi, Takehiro Murata
Action | Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Godzilla battles an irradiated Ankylosaur and destroys Osaka in the process.

Director: Motoyoshi Oda
Stars: Hiroshi Koizumi, Setsuko Wakayama, Minoru Chiaki
Atragon (1963)
Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Several strange occurrences are taking place all over the world including the disappearance of two engineers. Also, former admiral Kosumi is nearly kidnapped along with his secretary, and ... See full summary »

Director: Ishirô Honda
Stars: Tadao Takashima, Yôko Fujiyama, Yû Fujiki
Action | Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

From Earth's pollution a new monster is spawned. Hedorah, the smog monster, destroys Japan and fights Godzilla while spewing his poisonous gas to further the damage.

Director: Yoshimitsu Banno
Stars: Akira Yamauchi, Toshie Kimura, Hiroyuki Kawase
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Aliens from Planet X request the use of Godzilla and Rodan to fight off King Ghidorah, but have a better use for the three monsters.

Director: Ishirô Honda
Stars: Nick Adams, Akira Takarada, Jun Tazaki
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After a meteorite unleashes a three-headed beast upon Tokyo, Mothra tries to unite with Godzilla and Rodan to battle the extraterrestrial threat.

Director: Ishirô Honda
Stars: Yôsuke Natsuki, Yuriko Hoshi, Hiroshi Koizumi


Cast overview, first billed only:
Kôzô Nomura ...
Kenji Uozaki
Ayumi Sonoda ...
Yuriko Shinjô
Koreya Senda ...
Dr. Sugimoto
Akihiko Hirata ...
Dr. Fujimora, bomb expert
Fuyuki Murakami ...
Dr. Majima, Sugimoto's aide
Yoshio Tsuchiya ...
Military Officer Katsumoto
Minosuke Yamada ...
Secretary of Defense
Hisaya Itô ...
Ichiro, Yuriko's brother
Yoshifumi Tajima ...
Captain of Uranami
Nadao Kirino ...
Yutaka Wada
Akira Sera ...
Village High Priest
Akio Kusama ...
Military Officer Kusama
Noriko Honma ...
Ken's Mom
Akira Yamada ...
Fumindo Matsuo ...


When a rare species of butterfly is found in a mysterious valley in Japan, a pair of entomologists go to investigate and find more. However, when they get there they find an uncharted lake and as they are observing it they are caught in a landslide and killed. A reporter named Yuriko, the sister of one of the men decides to go to the area to find out what exactly happened. She is accompanied by another entomologist named Kenji and a reporter named Horiguchi. When they get to the village where the men were last seen alive they find out about a legend regarding a giant monster. They soon find out that it is not a legend and the monster named Varan is very much alive. Soon Varan leaves the valley where he has lived for millions of years and is heading for Tokyo. Written by Brian Washington <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

monster | japan | butterfly | giant | 1950s | See All (8) »


Horror | Sci-Fi





Release Date:

14 October 1958 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Varan the Unbelievable  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


After the success of Godzilla (1954) in the USA, ABC-TV commissioned this new monster movie from Toho Studios. The studio intially believed it would only be shown on American TV, and thus ordered the movie shot in black and white at a standard aspect ratio. Almost halfway through shooting, the studios changed their mind and decided the film would indeed be shown in Japanese theaters. This meant that the rest of the movie had to be shot in the anamorphic format of Tohoscope, while the footage that was already shot had its tops and bottoms cropped in order to resemble Tohoscope. See more »


Several short clips during Baran's attack on Tokyo are borrowed from Godzilla, including a shot of Gojira's tail smashing into a building, and a POV shot from inside a warehouse of Gojira's foot caving the structure in. Similarly, Baran's roar is an amalgam of various Toho monster roars, including that of Gojira itself. See more »


Features Godzilla (1954) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Forgotten Toho Monster
26 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

To be honest, I read lots of reviews of this movie and most from bad to mediocre reviews but I gave it a chance and the reviewers were right. This film is not so great.from the flat characters,a bland plot to the film's worst offender, the Awful pacing is what makes this movie bad. But It does have some good moments from the great music score, to the special effects and the decent acting.but besides that lets review this movie.

The film starts with the protagonist trio Kenji,Yuriko and Horiguchi sent on a expedition to find out the death of Yuriko's brother who died earlier in the film.they come to a village where the priest warns them to leave or they will be killed.Kenji insults the priest and thinks he's crazy.soon enough Ken a village boy goes looking for his dog and Kenji goes to save the boy and challenges the priest's warning and the villagers agree to help Kenji.The trio eventually finds Ken near a lake and some of the villagers see something appear from the lake and it's Varan going to the village and the film's slow pacing starts once Varan appear from his attack from the military to his raid in Hanada Airport.

Overall by the time Varan comes you lose focus in the movie and the characters.the films slow pacing is what just makes you want to stop watching the film. plus Varan isn't a very memorable monster, the only memorable thing he does is fly and only does it once out of the whole film.

As for the characters, there flat as a surfboard. These bland characters are so flat and boring there also another offender of the film.Kenji is your overall hero, but isn't very likable as he offends the priest and Horiguchi during the beginning of the film and is somewhat naive.Yuriko is another damsel in distress and very uninteresting.As for Horiguchi he's what you call the comical side-kick as he is a coward and has his moments besides giving so little work.He's really the only character I can praise though i did want Varan to eat him in the end.

As for the Acting, surprising it's not bad.It's really good, despite the fact the cast is given so little to do.Kozo Nomora who plays Kenji well here as really he fits into his bland role well and really out of the whole film he never lacks off.Ayumi Sonoda who plays Yuriko is really the only one to give a poor performance at times she fine when not much is needed from her.but when she has to do something like bump into varan it's bad.Fumito Matsuo as Horiguchi does a good job with the very tiny role he is given as he looks like he enjoys and having fun with his role.Past the leads Akihiko Hirata has a brief role but probably gives the best performance of the cast as he does a better job with role unlike his previous role from the Mysterians.Yoshio Tsuchiya isn't given much work to do but he does well with what he's given.overall everyone does a decent job with their little roles.

Overall this film is boring and probably worth watching once or twice but not repeatedly itself.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
My Revi of this Fabulous Kaiju Film jayskitstar
Discuss Daikaijû Baran (1958) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: