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International Title
Varan
Japanese Title
 大怪獣バラン
 [Daikaijū Baran]
Production: Toho
Distributor: Toho Japan: 1958
  Time: 87 minutes
 
Initial US Title
 Varan the Unbelievable
US Distributor: Crown International (1962) Time: 70 minutes
Alternate Movie Titles:
Great Monster Varan [Literal Translation]
Varan the Incredible [Mexican]
Varan: The Monster from Prehistoric Times [German]

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Details
In the late 1950s, a rare species of butterfly is discovered living in a stretch of wilderness known infamous as the Tibet of Japan. When two entomologists enter the rugged wilderness, they are later found dead, crushed in an apparent landslide. The local villagers, however, blame the disaster on their deity—a horrible thing called Baradagi. Shortly afterward, Baradagi reveals itself as a gigantic prehistoric reptile called Varan. After demolishing the nearby village and fending off a military attack, the monster climbs upon a mountain and glides—via a pair of membranes connected between its limbs—toward the Pacific Ocean. The Self Defense Forces struggles to find a solution, as the bloodthirsty monster sets its sights upon Tokyo.

Staff
Directed by Ishiro Honda
Writing credits Ken Kuronuma, Shinichi Sekizawa
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka
Music by Akira Ifukube
Cinematography by Hajime Koizumi
Film Editing by Kazuji Taira
Production Design by Kiyoshi Shimizu, Akira Watanabe
Assistant Director Koji Kajita
Director of Special Effects Eiji Tsuburaya
Cast
Kenji Uozaki Kozo Nomura
Yuriko Shinjo Ayumi Sonoda
Horiguchi Fumito Matsuo
Sugimoto, Doctor Koreya Senda
Kusama, Military Officer Akio Kusama
Katsumoto, Military Officer Yoshio Tsuchiya
Fujimora, Special Dynamite Founder Akihiko Hirata
Secretary of Defense Minosuke Yamada
Majima, Sugimoto's Aide Fuyuki Murakami
Ken Takashi Ito
Ken's Mom Fumiko Honma
Village Priest Akira Sera
Ichiro, Yuriko's brother Hisaya Ito
Yutaka Wada Nadao Kirino
Issaku Akira Yamada
Jiro Yoshikazu Kawamata
Sankichi Yasuhiro Kasanobu
Uranami Captain Yoshifumi Tajima
Fishermen Shoichi Hirose, Toshitsugu Suzuki
- Soji Ubukata
- Toku Ihara
- Mitsuo Tsuda
- Takuzo Kumagai
- Masaki Shinohara
- Michiko Kawa
Monster Appearances Aliens, SDF, Misc
Varan, Godzilla (Stock Footage Mistake) M24 Chaffee Tank, F86F Saber Jet, Missile Launcher Trucks, Sikorsky S-51 Helicopter, P2V-7 Neptune, 155mm Howitzer M1 (stock footage), Landing Craft

Posters

Toho Stock Footage

DVDs and Blu-Ray
Region 1 Varan the Unbelievable Tokyo Shock (2005)
Region 2 Great Monster Varan Toho (2005)

CD Soundtracks

Compilations

Reviews
Anthony Romero
July 20, 2003
Miles Imhoff [Crown]
August 7, 2005
Patrick Galvan
October 20, 2014