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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
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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:

kaiju | tokusatsu | japan | monster | miner | See All (30) »

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:

Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$500,000, 4 August 1957

Gross USA:

$500,000
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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 U.S. version, the footage of the countdown and nuclear explosion was documentary footage taken of the first test of the new hydrogen bomb. See more »

Goofs

When Shigeru and Kashiwagi are in the helicopter searching for Rodan, Kashiwagi is wearing a tie and his head isn't bandaged, but when they go to see the planes bombard Rodan's lair Kashiwagi is no longer wearing a tie and the bandage mysteriously reappears. However, the scene of Kashiwagi and Shigeru in the helicopter was actually from later in the picture and was rearranged by the producers of the American version so that it would make it look as if they were starting the search. 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 helicopter search for the Rodans occurs after the two monsters attack Fukuoka while in the American version the helicopter search occurs before the attack. See more »

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The Japanese Them
14 October 2002 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

This film is one of the best of the kaiju eigas that Toho ever made. The reason for this is that it is played much like the movie that in a way inspired it, "Them". The way the film begins plays almost like them did, the police and mine workers wondering who, or what, is responsible for the deaths of four men. The tension builds and builds from the first appearance of the giant insects to the destruction of Fukuoka (for some reason called Sasebo in the American version). Even though Rodan the monster did not become as successful as Godzilla, the film is more of a thrill ride and definitely should be hailed as a great science fiction film.


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