• Mark Ciemcioch

    ★★★ Watched by Mark Ciemcioch 16 Oct, 2014

    While a stand-alone introduction for the title character, Rodan would eventually become a recurring member of the Godzilla family, and it's not hard to see why. In addition to featuring a giant monster, "Rodan" leans heavily on the World War II metaphor, this time by terrifying Japanese villages and cities with death from above.

    As people today complain about superhero and franchise movie fatigue, I wonder if audiences in the 50s grew tired of the giant monsters of the atomic…


  • Matt Lavender

    ★★★★ Watched by Matt Lavender 26 Sep, 2014 2

    Opens like an atom bomb documentary for some reason. Then there's some Japanese mining town that's got the heebie jeebies. Loads of narration at the start, like a camp fire story. It's good build up, they find a dead guy down in the mines, this guy died after seeing some horrible shit. It's a pretty great opening, lots of tension building. Feels like a haunted mine movie rather than a Rodan movie.
    The first monster that shows up is some…


  • Lacy McKay

    ★★½ Watched by Lacy McKay 10 Sep, 2014



  • The Invisible Man

    ★★★ Rewatched by The Invisible Man 07 Sep, 2014

    More Toho monster candy goodness.


  • Jesse

    ★★★★½ Added by Jesse

    One of my favorite Ishirō Honda movies, an excellent Toho film and one of the best monster movies of the Showa era. The production value is a huge step up from the original Gojira just a few years earlier.


  • Gavin Miller

    ★★★½ Watched by Gavin Miller 07 Jul, 2014

    Rodan doesn't show up for awhile, but there are some other cool monsters in the first half, and the last twenty minutes is awesome. Great ending too.


  • ander

    ★★½ Watched by ander 20 Jun, 2014

    [rating for US cut]

    Hysterical repeated use of the same shots, atrocious narration and so so much lost in translation, yet enough weird darkness survives to make it a massively fun time.


  • James

    Watched by James 15 Jun, 2014

    I'm only 3 movies in on my kaiju-thon (4 if you count the American version of Godzilla) and I'm noticing a theme already...Ishiro Honda knew how to make a good monster movie. Godzilla King of the Monsters and Godzilla Raids Again both suffered in the human department where as Godzilla and Rodan have awesome monster footage and interesting human characters for the audience to hold on to.

    Rodan is fantastic all around. The acting, the effects, the story, the characters...I…


  • matt lynch

    ★★★½ Rewatched by matt lynch 31 May, 2014

    very amusingly modern, with its slow burn reveal of the monster, a twist-heavy script (you mean the giant grubs these miners dug up are just food for something even bigger? say, what do you think's in that enormous egg?) and endless scenes of military and scientific "experts" explaining stuff to each other before you can get to the good parts.

    as a step forward for Toho's miniature effects, though, this can't be dismissed. they're much more elaborate, and although this…


  • whitsbrain

    ★★★ Added by whitsbrain

    "Rodan" was kind of a surprise because it was very serious not unlike the original "Gojira". There is an atomic warning here and there are city-in-flames shots that no doubt recall the atomic blasts of WWII. There are some fantastic effects with miniatures. Rodan's attack of the city is pretty effective and I could have sworn an actual bridge was blown down the model looked that good. On the negative side there were endless shots of what I think were…


  • GoodBadAndOdd

    ★★★½ Watched by GoodBadAndOdd 30 May, 2014

    Fun movie, with an initial story about weird insects under the ground screeching to a halt as the rodans appear. We do get a lot of men talking and looking through binoculars, but also a lot of cool footage of fighters chasing and fighting the rodans, and massive destruction to cities caused by the sonic blast that the rodans generate by flying...and when they land and do the weird screams too.

    Rather fun, and a good Kaiju movie.


  • Luigi Allender

    ★★ Rewatched by Luigi Allender 28 May, 2014

    Mostly a snorefest. Really what it has going for it is being the first Kaiju film in color. The story and characters is very dull. The Meganulan could have been more interesting and exciting but it's just filler. For being such a short movie at 74 mins, the Rodans don't even show up until 50 mins in. At least we get a bit of destruction and see their speed and power when they are on screen. A bit of military…