• Dave Jackson

    ★★★½ Watched by Dave Jackson 21 Jul, 2015

    Whoa. Rodan is nothing like I thought it would be. I had to check the back cover a few times and then pause it to Google its production date. This film looks more like something from the mid-60s with its colour palette and effects than a film from 1956. What an enormous step up from Godzilla Raids Again! Plot-wise, it's also not what I expected. It's grim with an oddly depressing finale and brutal flashes of violence scattered throughout it.…


  • MacDara Conroy

    ★★½ Watched by MacDara Conroy 18 Jul, 2015

    Too much jibber-jabber, not enough monster action. That it's the first kaiju flick shot in Technicolor is about the best thing going for it. (Well, that and the bits that looked like direct inspiration for George Lucas when he was envisioning the X-Wing scenes in Star Wars.)


  • Bob Cashill

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Bob Cashill 04 Jul, 2015

    Wish better elements were available (the raggedy 11-year-old Classic Media DVD doesn't really cut it anymore) but this remains a colorful kaiju classic.


  • AndrewTheGreat

    ★★★ Added by AndrewTheGreat

    Got some great miniature work that's sure to please any kaiju fan.


  • Zak

    ★★★½ Watched by Zak 31 May, 2015

    The climax of Rodan has one of the all-time greatest destruction porn sequences. I love the way gigantic pieces of architecture crumple under his feet. Ishiro Honda really outdid himself with this one.
    It feels like the English language version of this one skips over a lot of story and inserts some really ham-fisted expository narration. But once this movie gets going, it's a blast. The visual compositions of Rodan are among my favorite of the early kaiju movies.


  • Lee Gaze

    ★★★★ Watched by Lee Gaze 28 May, 2015

    Never fuck with a giant Pterosaur. X 2.


  • tobe_whooper

    ★★★ Watched by tobe_whooper 25 May, 2015

    The problem I have with most monster movies of this era: when the monster is offscreen (which is usually the bulk of the film) it's just a bunch of interchangeable dudes in suits talking to each other. This one gets points for splendid miniature work and scenes of destruction.

    Cf. The Giant Claw


  • AltairIV

    ★★★ Added by AltairIV

    Honda again directs another effective "giant monster" film with a rather emotional and sad ending. Constrained as usual by Toho's small budget pictures Honda still delivers smashed cities, military mayhem, and a grand finale with a volcano, a missile assault and two lovers who can't be seperated,even by death.


  • Wooderson

    ★★★ Watched by Wooderson 07 May, 2015

    Rodan is decent, it's short and sweet. I was never a big fan of the character but Honda makes it work. For a movie from the 50s its surprisingly terrifying. The first half hour is mad creepy.


  • Ernst_Bitterman

    ★★★½ Watched by Ernst_Bitterman 08 Aug, 1997

    I haven't managed to find a subtitled version of this film yet, so I have to accept the word of others that it doesn't stray to far from the source in the dubbed version. It's loads of fun, as most of these things were when Tsubaraya was running the effects, and the strange veering into sympathy for the giant monsters gives it some freshness.


  • Michael Bihari

    ★★½ Watched by Michael Bihari 25 Apr, 2015

    Rodan and his mate should have stayed in their cave!


  • Jimmy Jones

    ★★½ Added by Jimmy Jones

    Rodan is a flying thingamabob, neither bird nor lizard, neither bat nor toad, neither caterpillar nor butterfly... he's just a monster, and he's out to terrorize Japan thanks to a bunch of greedy miners who dug too deep. Definitely not as frightening as a Balrog, but maybe in the 50s they thought he was.

    This automatically draws comparisons to Godzilla, but here's the main reason why it doesn't compare: the characterizations. Godzilla himself wasn't perfectly characterized or well-developed in the…