Rodan (1956)

Posted: May 23, 2011 in Movie Review
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Rodan (1956)
{Sora no Daikaijū Radon}

Directed By: Ishirō Honda

Starring: Kenji Sahara, Yumi Shirakawa

Subgenre: Kaiju

Synopsis: Miners are disappearing in a small village and it is soon discovered that giant prehistoric insects are to blame.  Shortly after Shigeru (Sahara) and his team eradicate the insects, they discover a gigantic egg.  The egg hatches to reveal a large flying reptile, called Rodan.  Rodan begins attacking humans and is soon joined by another Rodan and the two of them battle the military.

Thoughts: This is another seminal Kaiju movie, as it was the first appearance of Rodan and the first Kaiju film that Toho produced in color.  Rodan would go on to appear in several more Kaiju films including Ghidora, the Three-Headed Monster, Destroy all Monsters and Godzilla: Final Wars.

Personally, this is not one of my favorites.  The story is a little choppy with the introduction of the insects to begin with, and it never seems like the pacing is right.  I find this to be true in a lot of the early Kaiju flicks.  My favorites tend to come a little later in the genre.

It should be noted that there are two distinct versions of this movie, as a lot of changes were made for its US release, most of which are editing decisions or the addition of stock footage.

This is a movie that Kaiju fans should check out, mostly because of its importance to the genre, but I find some of the later entries to be more fun.


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