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Rodan TALKBACK • Monster Zero x SciFi Japan

Rodan TALKBACK

Godzilla wasn't the only daikaiju to go stomping through Asia! From Rodan and Mothra to Yongarry and Gappa, discuss other JAPANESE/ASIAN kaiju films here!

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Postby The Dark Uniter » Sat Jul 25, 2009 12:55 pm

I love Rodan. Took me awhile to enjoy it for the first viewing because I didn't think it would have any kind of horror elements to it, I thought at first it'll be a monster film like Godzilla. Over time, I love it and I only watched the Japanese version. The US cut is pretty annoying I mean you don't really need a narrator to tell you what's going on when there's a image showing you the action.
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Postby TXKaiju » Sat Jul 25, 2009 1:28 pm

I just saw Rodan a few days ago i guess because of getting to meet Kenji Sahara at G-Fest a few weeks ago. I really enjoy watching that movie. I dont know why but I am getting the urge to buy a Rodan movie poster. I already have 2 of them.
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Postby Giganfan » Sat Apr 03, 2010 10:47 am

I like to watch Rodan every few moths or so. Either version will suffice, although admittedly, I have dozed off during the Japanese version. As well-made as it is, I've always felt that it has a rushed quality to it. Ifukube's score is very sporadic, much like Masaru Sato's for Godzilla Raids Again, and there are some pretty glaring imperfections in the effects work. I mean, the flying Rodan prop is literally dangling from a wire in one shot. How it got into the finished film, I'll never know. Perhaps Tsuburaya didn't have enough effects shots in the can. Like I said, the original film feels like it was extremely rushed. Be that as it may, I still feel that it's a well-rounded story. The script is basic monster movie stuff, with texture, and Ishiro Honda's careful hand guides well enough. I tend to consider Sora no Daikaiju Radon an imperfect masterpiece. You have to remember that the genre was still in its infancy at the time. When you take that under consideration, it's actually one of the better fantasy films that Toho has made.

The U.S. version is alot of fun. It was the first non-Godzilla, Toho monster flick I had ever seen, so it holds quite a bit of sentimental value for me. Unlike many Americanizations, the distributors didn't try to re-write the movie for state-side movie-goers. They just beefed it up a bit. The narration here, while nothing to rave about, is a hell of a lot better than Gigantis, and it actually fills out the more sleepily-contructed sequences. And even though the final death sequence is moving on its own, Shigeru's "eulogy" for the dying Rodans was lovingly-written. Stock footage, stock music, the dubbing, etc. It all works well enough. This is one of the best U.S. versions of any Toho film, and one of my very favorites.

Rodan is a classic, in either version. There is no denying that. The monster itself is one of Toho's finest creations (my favorite, second only to Godzilla) and it serves as an indelible inspiration for all of the 'kaiju eiga' that came in its wake. Those aerial dog-fights, like the city destruction in Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, and the monsters waging war amid Osaka City in Gigantis The Fire Monster, were done first, here, and in miniature form no less. And given the time period, I'd say that Tsuburaya got it right the first time, because alot of those effects sequences are astounding for what they are, and the time in which they were staged. We can debate the merits of either version all day, but the simple truth is that Rodan is one of the best films that Tanaka, Honda, Tsuburaya, Ifukube, etc. ever made, even if by default. It's that important to the genre.
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Postby Green Dragon » Sat Apr 03, 2010 5:02 pm

The 50's color Toho sci-fi films have a special look to them. Vivid yet elegant and full of atmosphere, and the miniature work and photography is complete eye candy, meticulousness, flaws and all.

And ditto, Rodan's appearance or character here has never been equalled. In some sequels he looks downright clownish...( I remember seeing a letter to the LA Times many years ago, complaining about Cher's weird feathered getup that she wore to the Oscars that made her look like Rodan :lol: )

I love the opening credits with the abstract and blurred out background (love that recurring thing in Toho Showa credits) and Ifukube's eerie theme (the wee bit of Ifukube music to survive the American edit) and then that roar when his name appears. 8-) His roar/screech is one of the greatest kaiju sounds.

Seeing the Japanese version for the first time only when it came out on Classic Media DVD was a real pleasant surprise. And, seeing in in a cinema was a real treat as well (American Cinematheque, with George Takei as a guest, at that) :D


OH.... When in Chicago, eat at Rodan... http://www.rodanchicago.com/gallery.html
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Postby lhb412 » Sat Sep 21, 2013 9:34 am

TCM is showing the 1961 prehistoric animal-based sci-fi flick Valley of the Dragons right now. Amid the other copious stock footage: Rodan taking to the air, subbing for a more traditional pteranodon.
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