Sunday, May 6, 2012
When you compare Japanese monster movies of the 50's & 60's with their American counterparts there's a stark contrast between the two in how the Asian films are almost all concerned more with the monsters than the humans involved. Humans are primarily secondary characters and not as well fleshed out as they could be. This might also just be a result of the crappy way most of them were dubbed but in general they're usually way more colorful and the monsters are way cooler looking.
This is the 1st Japanese monster film to be shot in color and it looks great for what it is. Directed by the same guy who made the original GODZILLA, Ishiro Honda, the story concerns Rodan, a goofy looking pterodactyl who smashes up Tokyo by flapping his wings a lot and is eventually beaten by a volcano. There's actually 2 Rodan monsters that start out as little worm-like monsters before transforming. I guess they both share the same name. In later Japanese monster flicks one Rodan shows up as a good guy who helps Godzilla in saving the Earth.
The movie is exactly what you would expect and only really watchable for fans of guys in rubber monster suits breaking stuff. It's also a good film to waste time watching while you're doing your laundry.