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Rodan
Rodan (1956)
Credits
Title: Rodan
Genres: Sci-fi
Horror
Directed by: Ishirô Honda
Written by: Takeshi Kimura
Ken Kuronuma
Takeo Murata
David Duncan [1]
Produced by: Tomoyuki Tanaka
Frank King [1]
Maurice King [1]
Music by: Akira Ifukube
Cinematography: Isamu Ashida
Edited by: Kôichi Iwashita
Robert S. Eisen [1]
Production
Distributed by: Toho Company, Ltd.
Released: December 26th, 1956
Rating: Unrated
Running time: 74 min.
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
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Rodan, also known in the United States as Rodan! The Flying Monster!, is a Japanese feature film of the science fiction genre. It is classified as a Tokusatsu of the daikaiju ("giant monster") subgenre. It was directed by Ishirô Honda with a script written by Takeshi Kimura and Takeo Murata based on a story treatment by Ken Kuronuma. In the U.S. version of the film, dialogue sequences were re-written by David Duncan. The movie was produced by Toho Co., Ltd. and premiered in Japan on December 26th, 1956. It was released in the United States on August 6th, 1957. The film introduces the giant flying monster Rodan, who will go on to become a recurring staple in the Godzilla film series by Toho.

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Cast Edit

Main cast Edit

Actor Role
Kenji Sahara Shigeru Kawamura
Yumi Shirakawa Kiyo, Shigeru's lover
Akihiko Hirata Professor Kyuichiro Kashiwagi
Akio Kobori Police Chief Nishimura
Yasuko Nakada Female honeymooner
Minosuke Yamada Colliery chief Osaki
Yoshifumi Tajima Izeki, reporter of Seibu Nippou
Kiyoharu Onaka Male honeymooner

Supporting cast Edit

Actor Role
Ichiro Chiba Chief of police station
Mike Daneen American soldier typing
Tsurue Ichimanji Haru, Kiyo's neighbor
Saburô Iketani News reader
Saburô Kadowaki Sunagawa's colleague
Tateo Kawasaki Tsuesan, miner
Kanta Kisaragi Suteyan, miner
Takuzo Kumagai Police Tashiro
Saeko Kuroiwa Nurse
Tsuruko Mano Osumi, Kiyo's neighbor
Mitsuo Matsumoto Professor Isokawa
Hideo Mihara Commander of JASDF
Jun'ichiro Mukai Military officer
Toshiko Nakano Kiyo's neighbor
Rinsaku Ogata Goro, Kiyo's older brother
Keiji Sakakida Tahei, miner
Yasuhiro Shiegenobu Sabu, miner
Junnosuke Suda Coroner
Shigemi Sunagawa F-86F pilot
Jirô Suzukawa Yoshizo, miner
Masaaki Tachibana Policeman
Bontarô Taira Laborer
Kiyoshi Takagi Doctor Minakami
Kamayuki Tsubono Policeman of the crime laboratory
Mitsuo Tsuda Staff officer Takeuchi
Akira Yamada Radio operator on jeep

Uncredited cast Edit

Note: The following is taken from the full credits list for this entry on IMDB. As it is a website with user-submitted information, some of the data listed here, including character names may be inaccurate.

Actor Role
Hideo Unagami Unknown
Paul Frees Police Chief Nishimura (voice)
Art Gilmore Narrator
Shôichi Hirose F-86F pilot
Ren Imaizumi Engineer Sunagawa
Keiichirô Katsumoto Employee of the coal mine
Keye Luke Shigeru (voice)
Fuyuki Murakami Professor Minami
Haruo Nakajima Radon
Ichirô Nakatani Senkichi
Yutaka Oka Kitahara, F-86F pilot
Tadashi Okabe Journalist
George Takei Professor Kashiwagi (voice)
Katsumi Tezuka Hotel manager
Yasuhisa Tsutsumi Imamura, F-86F pilot
Kôji Uno Reporter
James Yagi Voice
Ren Yamamoto Soldier in jeep

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Notes Edit

Rodan movie trailer

Rodan movie trailer

  • Rodan is the first and, to date, only film in it's respective solo series.

Fun Facts Edit

Recommendations Edit

Giant monster films

Godzilla films

Other Kaiju

See also Edit

External Links Edit

Gallery Edit

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 U.S. re-edited version of the film only.
  2. IMDB; Rodan (1956); Box office & business.

Keywords Edit

1950s; Giant animal; Giant monster; Insects; Japan; Kitamatsu; Kumamoto Prefecture; Kyushu; Miner; Mount Aso; Nagasaki; Nagasaki Prefecture; Rodan