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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 miniature Iwata-ya department store was build using genuine steel beams, so the actor playing Rodan could walk on its roof without the risk of crushing it. See more »
In the grand finale where the Rodans are killed, a couple of the scenes showing the characters are reversed. The main male and female characters reverse their positions and his pocket is on the other side of his shirt. 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 »
Rodan is one of the early successors to Godzilla... two years later actually. While it was nowhere as successful or as interesting, it still holds up on its own by having fairly good visuals and greater than bland main characters.
Probably the best and worst thing about Rodan is that it is incredibly short. It has a running time of little over an hour; which means not much happens during the film. The premise is that Rodan is a giant flying reptile that was stuck in an underground chamber filled with prehistoric insects. The insects escape due to a mining incident and Rodan's wrath is sure to follow. Other than that, there isn't much to the movie. There are a couple nice military action sequences against Rodan and the building destruction is cool to watch. However, the movie doesn't have much to it. The characters aren't incredibly interesting and there isn't too much to talk about.
Overall, it is good for people with shorter attention spans or people who don't want to invest much into an older monster classic.
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