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Sora No Daikaiju Radon (1956)
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02.18.09

Sora No Daikaiju Radon (1956) In the small town of Kitamatsu, strange things begin to happen when one of the shafts at the coal mine goes deeper than any other shaft they have there. First, a flood happens and when safety engineer Shigeru Kimura goes to investigate, he is horrified to find one miner dead and his friend Goro missing. Soon more bodies turn up and the main suspect is Goro. However, one night while Shigeru is visiting his fiancee Kiyo, Goro's sister, a giant caterpillar like monster crashes through her house. Immediately, the authorities realize that Goro is not to blame but the monsters are. Shigeru and the authorities then go back in the mine and track down the monster. While in the mine, they also find Goro's body and while they attempt to free Goro's body, a landslide occurs trapping Shigeru in an adjoining cavern. A few days later Shigeru is found but he is in a state of shock caused by the fact that he saw an even more terrible creature, a flying reptile called Rodan, hatch from its egg. Soon the world finds out about the creature and the world is now on alert as they await for this terrible monster to attack.

Movie Tagline:
Never a Horror Like It!

Also Known As:
Rodan! The Flying Monster

Title: Sora No Daikaiju Radon
Release Date: August , 1957
Runtime: 82 mins
Genre: Drama
All Genres: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Languages: Japanese, Mandarin, Tagalog
Country: Japan
Colors: Color
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 6.1
Brimstone Pit Rating: 7.1 - (Rate This Horror Movie)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With S

MPAA Rating: Unrated

Director(s):
Ishiro Honda

Cast:
Kenji Sahara ...Shigeru Kawamura, colliery engineer (as Kenji...
yumi Shirakawa ...Kiyo, Shigeru's lover
Akihiko Hirata ...Professor KyUichiro Kashiwagi (biology)
Akio Kobori ...Police Chief Nishimura
yasuko Nakata ...Female Honeymooner
Minosuke yamada ...Colliery Chief Osaki
yoshifumi Tajima ...Izeki, reporter of Seibu Nippou
Kiyoharu Onaka ...Male Honeymooner, Sunagawa's friend (as Kiyoharu...
Ichiro Chiba ...Chief of police station
Mike Daneen ...American Soldier Typing
Tazue Ichimanji ...Haru, Kiyo's neighbor
Saburo Iketani ...News Reader
Saburo Kadowaki ...Sunagawa's colleague
Tateo Kawasaki ...Tsunesan, miner
Kanta Kisaragi ...Suteyan, miner
Takuzo Kumagai ...Policeman Tashiro (as Jiro Kumagai)
Saeko Kuroiwa ...Nurse
Tsuruko Mano ...Osumi, Kiyo's neighbor
Mitsuo Matsumoto ...Professor Isokawa
Hideo Mihara ...Commander of JASDF
Kiyomi Mizunoya ...Otami, yoshizo's wife
Junichiro Mukai ...Military officer
Toshiko Nakano ...Kiyo's neighbor
Rinsaku Ogata ...Goro, miner, Kiyo's older brother
Keiji Sakakida ...Tahei, miner
yasuhiro Shigenobu ...Sabu, miner
Junnosuke Suda ...Coroner
Shigemi Sunagawa ...F-86F pilot
Jiro Suzukawa ...yoshizo, miner
Masaaki Tachibana ...Policeman

» [more cast members]

Producer(s):
Frank King
Maurice King
Tomoyuki Tanaka

Writer(s):
David Duncan
Takeshi Kimura
Ken Kuronuma
Takeo Murata

Composer(s):
Akira Ifukube




More Movie Taglines:
  • Never a Horror Like It!
  • Thundering out of unknown skies--The super-sonic hell-creatuire no weapon could destroy!
Movie Trivia:
  • First Japanese monster movie filmed in color.
  • The original Japanese film's climactic monster invasion was filmed around, and set in, Fukuoka, the largest city on Japan's southernmost island of Kyushu. However, the American version relocated the action in the dubbing to another city in Kyushu, Sasebo, perhaps concerned that their dubbing actors would sorely mispronounce the word "Fukuoka" at inappropriate moments.
  • Among the people doing the voice over work for this film are Paul Frees, Keye Luke and a young George Takei.
  • While shooting the scene in which Rodan flies over the bridge in Saikai Village in Kyushu, the pulley from which Haruo Nakajima was suspended broke. He fell from a height of twenty-five feet, but the wings and the water, which was about one and a half feet deep, absorbed much of the impact.
  • This became the biggest success for the small U.S. distributor DCA. Later material sent to exhibitors for other releases would carry the slogan "From the company that brought you 'Rodan'."
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Keywords:
Monster, Rodan, Pterodactyl, Miner, Creature Feature  ...[more]


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