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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:

rodan | kaiju | tokusatsu | japan | monster | See All (27) »

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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:

Fukuoka City, Fukuoka, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$500,000, 6 August 1957

Gross USA:

$500,000, 6 August 1957
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Film (Eiga) Co. Ltd. See more »
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The bruise that Kenji Sahara has on his left cheek in the cave scene where he first sees Rodan hatch from the egg was real. As Sahara crawled backward, he turned the wrong way and went face-first into a rock. Despite the injury, he finished the scene. See more »

Goofs

In the grand finale where the Rodans are killed, a couple of the scenes showing the characters are reversed. The main male and female characters reverse their positions and his pocket is on the other side of his shirt. See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Followed by Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995) See more »

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Fun Monster Movie
27 December 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Japanese miners are killed by giant prehistoric insects awakened by nuclear testing. After dealing with the bugs, the military discovers an even bigger threat has been awakened by the tests. Yup, it's Rodan, a pterodactyl-like monster that flies at super-sonic speeds. Soon another Rodan shows up and the two wreak havoc. What in the world will Japan do?

Great Japanese giant monster movie with anti-nuke message; a classic of its type. Not on the level of the original Godzilla (or Gojira, if you insist) but better than many of the cheesy sequels that came out later. It's cool that it was filmed in color. The special effects and action scenes are lots of fun. Love the music. It's a good way to pass the time.


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