International Title
Japanese Title
 空の大怪獣 ラドン
 [Sora no Daikaiju Radon]
Production: Toho
Distributor: Toho Japan: 1956
  Time: 82 minutes
Initial US Title
 Rodan! The Flying Monster
US Distributor: DCA (1957) Time: 72 minutes
Alternate Movie Titles:
Rodan, Monster of the Sky [Literal Translation]
Rodan: Death Bird [Polish]
Rodan the Winged Monster [Italian]

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In a mining village, strange deaths have been occurring. The victims are assumed murdered and an investigation is launched. The true culprit is discovered: Meganulon, an ancient insect species. The creature briefly ravages the village before venturing back into the mine. Realizing what they are up against, troops with machine guns enter the mine after it. However, their weapons have no effect, and it requires a mine cart ramming into the beast to kill it. Victories are cut short as more Meganulon appear after the first is killed. A resulting cave-in forces a retreat as the insects are believed killed. Shortly afterwards, a supersonic terror is seen in the skies, as another prehistoric terror was awoken from the cave-in...

Directed by Ishiro Honda
Writing credits Takeshi Kimura, Ken Kuronuma, Takeo Murata
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka
Music by Akira Ifukube
Cinematography by Isamu Ashida
Film Editing by Koichi Iwashita
Production Design by Tatsuo Kita, Akira Watanabe
Assistant Director Jun Fukuda
Director of Special Effects Eiji Tsuburaya
Shigeru Kamura Kenji Sahara
Kiyo Yumi Shirakawa
Kashiwagi Kyuichiro, Professor Akihiko Hirata
Izeki Yoshifumi Tajima
Nishimura, Police Chief Akio Kobori
Osaki, Colliery Chief Minosuke Yamada
Female Honeymooner Yasuko Nakata
Male Honeymooner Kiyoharu Onaka
Military Official Shoichi Hirose
Sugiwara Ishikawa Ren Imaizumi
Goro Ogata Rinsaku
Scientist Fuyuki Murakami
Medical Clinic Doctor Ichiro Nakaya
Journalist Tadashi Okabe
Takeuchi Mitsuo Tsuda
Air Force Commander Hideo Mihara
Nishimura's Assistant Yasuhisa Tsutsumi
Reporters Yutaka Oka, Koji Uno
Soldier Ren Yamamoto
Monster Appearances Aliens, SDF, Misc
Rodan, Meganulon M24 Chaffee Tank, Honest John Missile Launcher, F86F Saber Jet, Sikorsky S-51 Helicopter, Missile Launcher Truck


DVDs and Blu-Ray
Region 1 Rodan Classic Media (2002) Order
Region 1 Rodan and War of the Gargantuas Classic Media (2008) Order
Region 2 Rodan, Giant Monster of the Sky Toho (2001)
Blu-Ray Rodan, Giant Monster of the Sky Toho (2009)

CD Soundtracks

Godzilla + Rodan

Alexander Smith [DCA] Star Rating
February 27, 2007