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
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 »
In one scene in the control tower at the Japanese AF Base, background footage of planes on the ground can be seen to pause, then run in reverse. See more »
In the U.S. version, special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya's name is misspelled "Eiji Tsuburya." See more »
In the original version, the scene where Kashiwagi and his staff examine the photos taken by Sunagawa's friend is slightly longer and ends with Kashiwagi comparing the photo of Rodan's wing tip with a drawing of a pteranadon. See more »
This is a really well made movie. The colors are great and the effects are pretty coll for 50 years ago. I love to watch these sort of movies with my six year old. Todays kids cannot see horror movies anymore because of the gore. So I have introduced him to the classics and as such enjoy the hell out of watching these sort of movies with him. The modern world has really lost that special something that comes with engaging the imagination as many of us did in the sixties and even the seventies. Rodan is probably the best of all the old toho movies. At least I know it's my favorite. Now soon comes the last in the series this Christmas and it should prove to be waesome.
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