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Rodan (1956)

Sora no daikaijû Radon (original title)
Unrated | | Adventure, Drama, Horror | 6 August 1957 (USA)
A large mining accident sets loose prehistoric Insects and giant pterosaur's on Japan.

Director:

Ishirô Honda

Writers:

David Duncan (english version), Takeshi Kimura | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kenji Sahara Kenji Sahara ... Shigeru Kawamura, colliery engineer (as Kenji Sawara)
Yumi Shirakawa Yumi Shirakawa ... Kiyo, Shigeru's lover
Akihiko Hirata ... Professor Kyuichiro Kashiwagi (biology)
Akio Kobori Akio Kobori ... Police Chief Nishimura
Yasuko Nakada Yasuko Nakada ... Female Honeymooner
Minosuke Yamada Minosuke Yamada ... Colliery Chief Osaki
Yoshifumi Tajima Yoshifumi Tajima ... Izeki, reporter of Seibu Nippou
Kiyoharu Onaka Kiyoharu Onaka ... Male Honeymooner, Sunagawa's friend (as Kiyoharu Ohnaka)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ichirô Chiba Ichirô Chiba ... Chief of police station
Mike Daneen Mike Daneen ... American Soldier Typing
Tsurue Ichimanji Tsurue Ichimanji ... Haru, Kiyo's neighbor (as Tazue Ichimanji)
Saburô Iketani Saburô Iketani ... News Reader
Saburô Kadowaki Saburô Kadowaki ... Sunagawa's colleague
Tateo Kawasaki Tateo Kawasaki ... Tsunesan, miner
Kanta Kisaragi Kanta Kisaragi ... Suteyan, miner
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Storyline

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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Plot Keywords:

kaiju | tokusatsu | japan | monster | miner | See All (28) »

Taglines:

Most horrifying hell creature that ever menaced all mankind! See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | Mandarin | Tagalog

Release Date:

6 August 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rodan See more »

Filming Locations:

Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$500,000, 4 August 1957

Gross USA:

$500,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

George Takei was the first Japanese-American actor to do voice-overs for Toho's movies. Previously, Chinese-American actors, including James Hong, Sammee Tong and Keye Luke, were used. At the time, Chinese actors had filled a niche in Hollywood, portraying Japanese soldiers and civilians in war movies. See more »

Goofs

When the Japanese Air Force attacks Rodan at the bridge, the shadows of the planes can be seen against the backdrop of the sky. See more »

Crazy Credits

In the U.S. version, special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya's name is misspelled "Eiji Tsuburya." See more »

Alternate Versions

In the American version, the name of the volcano is changed from Mount Aso to Mount Toya. See more »

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For an early monster movie--it does a decent job
8 January 2014 | by FairlyAnonymousSee all my reviews

Rodan is one of the early successors to Godzilla... two years later actually. While it was nowhere as successful or as interesting, it still holds up on its own by having fairly good visuals and greater than bland main characters.

Probably the best and worst thing about Rodan is that it is incredibly short. It has a running time of little over an hour; which means not much happens during the film. The premise is that Rodan is a giant flying reptile that was stuck in an underground chamber filled with prehistoric insects. The insects escape due to a mining incident and Rodan's wrath is sure to follow. Other than that, there isn't much to the movie. There are a couple nice military action sequences against Rodan and the building destruction is cool to watch. However, the movie doesn't have much to it. The characters aren't incredibly interesting and there isn't too much to talk about.

Overall, it is good for people with shorter attention spans or people who don't want to invest much into an older monster classic.


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