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
The dubbing in the American version changes the name of the volcano from Mount Aso to Mount Toya. See more »
Obvious thick wires in a lot of special effect scenes throughout the movie. In some shots, even the connector pieces attaching the wires to Rodan's wings can clearly be seen. These have become one of the most recognized aspects of the film. Some of the wires were edited out in the original American release and later in the 2009 Japanese Blu-Ray version as well, although some wires are still visible. See more »
In the U.S. version, special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya's name is misspelled "Eiji Tsuburya." See more »
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 »
This is a really well made movie. The colors are great and the effects are pretty coll for 50 years ago. I love to watch these sort of movies with my six year old. Todays kids cannot see horror movies anymore because of the gore. So I have introduced him to the classics and as such enjoy the hell out of watching these sort of movies with him. The modern world has really lost that special something that comes with engaging the imagination as many of us did in the sixties and even the seventies. Rodan is probably the best of all the old toho movies. At least I know it's my favorite. Now soon comes the last in the series this Christmas and it should prove to be waesome.
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