The 1956 Toho Studios kaiju creature entry was directed by veteran film director Ishiro Honda. Two years before “Rodan,” Honda directed the landmark Toho Studios kaiju creature monster epic, “Godzilla”/Gojira” (1954, released in the United States two years later under the title of “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” in 1956 with additional sequences directed by Terry Morse for the North American cut, Morse’s sequences featured actor Raymond Burr of TV’s “Perry Mason” fame).
This will mark Sven’s second broadcast of “Rodan” (1956) on Me-TV. He previously showcased Honda’s 1956 kaiju creature feature back in April 2017*.
Who was in “Rodan” (1956)?
The actors who appeared in Ishiro Honda’s 1956 Toho Studios kaiju creature entry were Kenji Sahara (of “Godzilla”/”Gojira” fame as Shigeru Kawamura, Sahara was credited in the film as Kenji Sawara), Yumi Shirakawa (as Kiyo, this was one of Shirakawa’s earliest film roles), Akihiko Hirata (as biology Professor Kyuichiro Kashiwagi), veteran Toho Studios stunt performer Haruo Nakajima (of “Godzilla”/”Gojira” fame in the “Rodan”/”Radon” suit), Akio Kobori (as Officer Nishimura), Minosuke Yamada (as Osaki), Yoshifumi Tajima (as Izeki, reporter of Seibu Nippou), Yasuko Nakada (as a honeymooner), Kiyoharu Onaka (as a honeymooner, Onaka was credited as Kiyoharu Ohnaka in the film), a pre-“Star Trek” George Takei (in an uncredited role for the English dubbing of Akihiko Hirata’s character), veteran character actor Keye Luke (in an uncredited role for the English dubbing of Kenji Sahara’s character), veteran voice-over artist Paul Frees (in an uncredited role for the English dubbing of Akio Kobori’s character) and veteran voice-over artist Art Gilmore (in an uncredited role as the narrator).