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Daikaijû Baran (1958)

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 »

Director:

Ishirô Honda

Writers:

Shin'ichi Sekizawa, Ken Kuronuma (story)
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Cast

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

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 <Sargebri@att.net>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

14 October 1958 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Varan the Unbelievable See more »

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Toho Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

This film began as straight-to-television co-production between AB-PT and Toho, and thus was shot in black and white in the Academy aspect ratio. AB-PT went bankrupt during production, but a two-part TV movie was still completed. The two parts were edited into a single, longer feature to be shown in Japanese theaters, which involved extending and re-recording the musical score, shortening scenes and adding new scenes. This theatrical feature was then cropped shot by shot and released in an ersatz anamorphic widescreen format apparently adapted from SuperScope called TohoPanScope. Neither the TV version nor the theatrical version exist in the Academy ratio, but the fully mixed audio track for the TV version still exists. See more »

Goofs

Several short clips during Baran's attack on Tokyo are borrowed from Gojira, 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 »

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I realize why Varan isn't that popular among kaiju fans
15 August 2011 | by zackeryburgeddSee all my reviews

Before I saw this movie, I was very interested in Varan. The monster seemed kinda cool and I realized he wasn't that popular among monster fans and I wondered why Toho didn't used him more. After watching the movie I see why. This movie was just boring, I mean the characters were just shallow, and it really didn't do much for me. This is really not one of Ishiro Honda's best films, however its not his worst. But as I said its just boring. Other than gliding, Varan isn't really an interesting monster and I wished they used him more in other Toho films, but I see why they didn't. The only good thing is that Akira Ifukube once again is great as the composer. The music in this is great and the music was actually used in future Godzilla films. Overall while I think the monster shouldn't been forgotten, this movie is very forgettable.


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