Japan Release: 1956
Running Time:
82 minutes


Japanese Title

空の大怪獣 ラドン
[Sora no Daikaiju Radon]

Distributor: Production:


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...

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International Title


Initial US Title

Rodan! The Flying Monster
US Distributor: DCA (1957) / Time: 72 Minutes

Alternate Titles

Rodan, Monster of the Sky
[Literal translation]

Rodan: Death Bird


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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


DVDs and Blu-rays

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

CD Soundtracks

Godzilla + Rodan
Godzilla + Rodan

Background and Trivia

  • Toho submitted the film to the US copyright office on January 6th, 1983 with the registration number of PA0000172644. The title on the copyright claim was listed under its interantional title of Rodan and the Romaji title of the monster itself: Radon. An alternate title of Sky Monster Rodan was also listed.
  • Both of the main stars of the film were relatively unknown when cast in the production. Consequently, they were promoted in trailers as "our great hopes for 1957" in an attempt to position them for successful careers afterwards. This information is located in the book Age of the Gods (self-published).
  • Director Ishiro Honda has occasionally noted Rodan as being his favorite of all the monster films he has made. This detail is found in Age of the Gods (self-published).
  • In 1976, the movie was re-released with Godzilla (1954) and Mothra (1961). The three film re-release was called "Eiji Tsuburaya's World of Dreams." The concept was revisited on November 28th, 1982 with the same three films re-released. However, the 1982 billing no longer carried the 'World of Dreams' title.
  • The climatic battle in Fukuoka in the movie was changed to "Sasebo" in the American version.
  • Distributions Corporation of America (DCA) hired their own staff to dub the film into English after acquiring the rights. Among the cast was Paul Frees and also a young George Takei, nearly a decade before he would work on Star Trek. This information is located in the book Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo (ISBN: 0922915474).
  • Footage from the movie was used in the 1961 US film Valley of the Dragons. The movie converts the footage to black and white, to match the 1961 production, and uses scenes of Rodan to stand in for a winged dinosaur.


Alexander Smith [DCA] Star Rating
February 27, 2007