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Rodan (1956)

Sora no daikaijû Radon (original title)
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:

Thundering out of unknown skies--The super-sonic hell-creatuire no weapon could destroy! 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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Trivia

In the US version, the English dubbing changed the name of the destroyed city, which was actually Fukuoka, to Sasebo because the name of that city was more familiar to Americans, because the US had major military facilities there. See more »

Goofs

In the aftermath of the Rodans' attack, the police inspector comments "They've left two cities burning". Actually, only one city was destroyed. No other cities besides Sasebo (Fukuoka in the Japanese version) are mentioned. 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 original version the fight scene between Yoshi and Goro is longer, but in the American version the fight has been shortened. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000) See more »

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Faster than a Speeding Bullet
3 August 2000 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Taking a break from Godzilla, Inshiro Honda and Toho Studios went to another giant monster...this time a prehistoric pair of flying reptiles that can soar at sonic speeds. Unearthed in a volcano and brought to life by a mistake by an American ship, these two bird-like reptiles love to eat humans and leave only bones after they dine. Understandably, the Japanese are somewhat ill at ease and want these two flyers grounded. Toho's first monster film in color is a success. The mood is effective, and the color really adds to the action(even though at some parts you can tell the reptiles are nothing more than men in suits). It does not have the chilling doom, dread, and destruction of the first Godzilla, but it certainly has its share of cities being toppled, etc... The acting is okay, and the dubbing in the American version is not as irritating as with some Godzilla films. The ending is well-executed and even a bit ironic as the love of these two creatures plays a central role in their future.


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