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Daikaiju Baran (1958)
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10.17.09

Daikaiju 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 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.

Also Known As:
Varan the Unbelievable

Title: Daikaiju Baran
Release Date: October 14, 1958
Runtime: 87 mins
Genre: Horror
All Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi
Languages: Japanese
Country: Japan
Colors: Black and White
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 5.4
Brimstone Pit Rating: 6.4 - (Rate This Horror Movie)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With D

Director(s):
Ishiro Honda

Cast:
Kozo Nomura ...Kenji
Ayumi Sonoda ...yuriko
Fumito Matsuo ...Horiguchi
Koreya Senda ...Dr. Sugimoto
Akio Kusama ...Military Officer Kusama
yoshio Tsuchiya ...Military Officer Katsumoto
Minosuke yamada ...Secretary of Defense
Akihiko Hirata ...Dr. Fujimora, bomb expert
Fuyuki Murakami ...Dr. Majima, Sugimoto's aide
Akira Sera ...Village High Priest
Takashi Ito ...Ken, the boy
Noriko Honma ...Ken's Mom (as Fumiko Honma)
Hisaya Ito ...Ichiro, yuriko's brother
Nadao Kirino ...yutaka Wada
Akira yamada ...Issaku
yoshikazu Kawamata ...Jiro
yoshifumi Tajima ...Captain
yasuhiro Kasanobu ...Sankichi
Haruo Nakajima ...Baran
Katsumi Tezuka ...Baran
Hiroshi Angeizu ...
Anzai Sakamoto ...
Mitoko Taira ...
Keisuke yamada ...
Rinsaku Ogata ...
Soji Oikata ...
Tokio Okawa ...
yasuo Onishi ...
Masaki Shinohara ...
Hideo Shibuya ...

» [more cast members]

Producer(s):
Tomoyuki Tanaka

Writer(s):
Ken Kuronuma
Shinichi Sekizawa

Composer(s):
Akira Ifukube

Movie Trivia:
  • After the success of Gojira (1954) in the USA, ABC-TV commissioned this new monster movie from Toho Studios. The studio intially believed it would only be shown on American TV, and thus ordered the movie shot in black and white at a standard aspect ratio. Almost halfway through shooting, the studios changed their mind and decided the film would indeed be shown in Japanese theaters. This meant that the rest of the movie had to be shot in the anamorphic format of Tohoscope, while the footage that was already shot had its tops and bottoms cropped in order to resemble Tohoscope.
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Keywords:
Monster, Giant, Butterfly, Japan, Military  ...[more]


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