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Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds (1977)

Kyôryû kaichô no densetsu (original title)
A Japanese village is menaced by a plesiosaur from the depths of the sea. Meanwhile, deep in a cave of ice, a prehistoric egg begins to hatch. The plesiosaur and the mystery creature ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tsunehiko Watase Tsunehiko Watase ... Ashizawa
Nobiko Sawa Nobiko Sawa ... Akiko
Shôtarô Hayashi Shôtarô Hayashi
Tomoko Kiyoshima Tomoko Kiyoshima ... Junko Sonoda
Fuyukichi Maki Fuyukichi Maki ... Teacher Muku
David Freedman David Freedman ... Harold Tucker
Maureen Peacock Maureen Peacock
Catherine Laub Catherine Laub
Hiroshi Nawa Hiroshi Nawa ... Masahiko Miyawaki
Ginji Nakamura Ginji Nakamura ... Hideyuki Sakai
Masataka Iwao Masataka Iwao ... Shimada
Gorô Ôki Gorô Ôki
Yûsuke Tsukasa Yûsuke Tsukasa ... Susumu Hirano
Yukio Miyagi Yukio Miyagi ... Kobayashi
Akira Moroguchi Akira Moroguchi ... The disc jockey


A Japanese village is menaced by a plesiosaur from the depths of the sea. Meanwhile, deep in a cave of ice, a prehistoric egg begins to hatch. The plesiosaur and the mystery creature hatching from the egg seem destined to clash. Written by Anonymous

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From appetizer to dessert - One town becomes a monster meal.



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Release Date:

12 October 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Legend of the Dinosaurs See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toei Company See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Despite its title, neither of the creatures in this film are actually classified as dinosaurs. Plesiosaur is actually classified as a marine reptile, while the rhamphornycus is classified as a flying reptile. See more »

Alternate Versions

The US Broadcast version that was made by Sandy Frank in the early 1980s and was availible from Celebrity Video is missing certain scenes. Besides the original Toei logo and opening credits being replaced by Frank's credits, 2 scenes have been cut; they are:
  • 1. The part with the woman in the shower has a brief shot of nudity in the light before it mysteriously goes out.
  • 2. When Sawa pulls her friends remains into the raft, the US version cuts it so you dont see the body slung in; we only see it drop in.
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Groovy Japanese Flick....
21 May 2003 | by cburkemperSee all my reviews

Well, I originally saw this on TV years ago. Its a pretty cool movie that most people are not too kind to. Sure the dinosaurs effects are cheesy, there are plotholes, etc., but the movie is pretty well made otherwise. Its got some good creepy moments, some good atmosphere, some stylized touches, a little sex appeal, and a really cool finale. Also, a really cool sound track. All in all, a really fun, good piece of Japanese Schlock cinema. Its too bad there is not a original Japanese version availible.

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