Varan the Unbelievable

Varan the Unbelievable


大怪獣バラン
Daikaijū Baran
Giant Monster Varan
Director Ishiro Honda
Special Effects Director Eiji Tsuburaya
Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka
Original Story Ken Kuronuma
Screenplay Shinichi Sekizawa
Photography Hajime Koizumi
Art Kiyoshi Shimizu
Sound Wataru Konuma
Masanobu Miyazaki
Lighting Mitsuo Kaneko
Music Akira Ifukube
Editor Koichi Iwashita
Special Effects Photography Sadamasa Arikawa
Production Companies Toho
Release Date October 14, 1958
Runtime 82 minutes

大怪獣バラン
Daikaijū Baran
Giant Monster Varan

Director Ishiro Honda
Special Effects Director Eiji Tsuburaya
Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka
Original Story Ken Kuronuma
Screenplay Shinichi Sekizawa
Photography Hajime Koizumi
Art Kiyoshi Shimizu
Sound Wataru Konuma
Masanobu Miyazaki
Lighting Mitsuo Kaneko
Music Akira Ifukube
Editor Koichi Iwashita
Special Effects Photography Sadamasa Arikawa
Production Companies Toho
Release Date October 14, 1958
Runtime 82 minutes

A pair of scientists go missing in the remote region of Tohoku. Their colleagues arrive later to investigate their disappearance. The Ainu threaten them with their ancient deity, Varan, who resides in a nearby lake. Varan, a giant dinosaur-like creature, appears and destroys the Ainu village.

The military intervenes, and Varan takes flight to escape. Varan hides in the seas around Japan and leads the military on a wild goose chase to find and destroy him. The monster is impervious to conventional weaponry, and the scientific community races to find some way of defeating it. Varan slowly makes his way towards Tokyo.

When Varan arrives at Tokyo, the military deploys a new explosive against the monster, but to no effect. Varan displays a fascination with the signal flares used to light the battle theater, even swallowing them as they return to earth. The military uses this against Varan, and place an explosive on one of the flares. Varan consumes it, and the explosive detonates inside the monster. Varan flees to the ocean, but soon perishes from its injuries.

Top Billed Cast

Kozo Nomura Kenji Uozaki
Ayumi Sonoda Yuriko Shinjo
Koreya Senda Dr. Sugimoto
Akihiko Hirata Dr. Fujimora
Fuyuki Murakami Dr. Majima
Yoshio Tsuchiya Officer Katsumoto
Minosuke Yamada Defense Secretary
Hisaya Ito Ichiro Shinjo
Yoshibumi Tajima Naval Officer
Nadao Kirino Yutaka Wada
Akira Sera Village Priest
Akio Kusama Soldier
Fuminto Matsuo Horiguchi
Soji Ubukata Policeman
Mitsuo Tsuda Soldier
Takuzo Kumagai Soldier
Shoichi Hirose Fisherman
Keisuke Yamada Soldier
Hideo Shibuya Reporter
Masaki Shinohara Fisherman
Rinsaku Ogata Soldier
Junichiro Mukai Soldier
Haruya Sakamoto Soldier
Katsumi Tezuka Varan
Haruo Nakajima Varan

Rest of Cast Listed Alphabetically

Yoshio Katsube Reporter
Yutaka Oka Bomber Pilot
Keiji Sakakida Truck Driver
Top Billed Cast
Kozo Nomura Kenji Uozaki
Ayumi Sonoda Yuriko Shinjo
Koreya Senda Dr. Sugimoto
Akihiko Hirata Dr. Fujimora
Fuyuki Murakami Dr. Majima
Yoshio Tsuchiya Officer Katsumoto
Minosuke Yamada Defense Secretary
Hisaya Ito Ichiro Shinjo
Yoshibumi Tajima Naval Officer
Nadao Kirino Yutaka Wada
Akira Sera Village Priest
Akio Kusama Soldier
Fuminto Matsuo Horiguchi
Soji Ubukata Policeman
Mitsuo Tsuda Soldier
Takuzo Kumagai Soldier
Shoichi Hirose Fisherman
Keisuke Yamada Soldier
Hideo Shibuya Reporter
Masaki Shinohara Fisherman
Rinsaku Ogata Soldier
Junichiro Mukai Soldier
Haruya Sakamoto Soldier
Katsumi Tezuka Varan
Haruo Nakajima Varan
Rest of Cast Listed Alphabetically
Yoshio Katsube Reporter
Yutaka Oka Bomber Pilot
Keiji Sakakida Truck Driver
製作
Producer
田中友幸
Tomoyuki Tanaka
原作
Original Story
黒沼健
Ken Kuronuma
脚本
Screenplay
関沢新一
Shinichi Sekizawa
撮影
Photography
小泉一
Hajime Koizumi
美術
Art
清水喜代志
Kiyoshi Shimizu
録音
Sound
小沼渡
Wataru Konuma

宮崎正信
Masanobu Miyazaki
照明
Lighting
金子光男
Mitsuo Kaneko
音楽
Music
伊福部昭
Akira Ifukube
監督助手
Assistant Director
梶田興治
Koji Kajita
音響効果
Sound Effects
三縄一郎
Ichiro Miniwa
編集
Editor
平一二
Kazuji Taira
製作担当者
Production Manager
川上勝太郎
Katsutaro Kawakami
特殊技術
Special Effects

撮影
Photography
荒木秀三郎
Shozaburo Araki

有川貞昌
Sadamasa Arikawa
美術
Art
渡辺明
Akira Watanabe
照明
Lighting
岸田九一郎
Kuichiro Kishida
合成
Synthesis
向山宏
Hiroshi Mukoyama
出演者
Performers


野村浩三
Kozo Nomura

園田あゆみ
Ayumi Sonoda

千田是也
Koreya Senda

平田昭彦
Akihiko Hirata

村上冬樹
Fuyuki Murakami

土屋嘉男
Yoshio Tsuchiya

山田巳之助
Minosuke Yamada

伊藤久哉
Hisaya Ito

田島義文
Yoshibumi Tajima

桐野洋雄
Nadao Kirino

瀬良明
Akira Sera

草間璋夫
Akio Kusama

本間文子
Noriko Honma

山田彰
Akira Yamada

松尾文人
Fuminto Matsuo

生方壮児
Soji Ubukata

伊原徳
Toku Ihara

川又吉一
Yukio Kawamata

重信安宏
Yasunori Shigenobu

伊東隆
Takashi Ito

津田光男
Mitsuo Tsuda

熊谷二良
Jiro Kumagai

広瀬正一
Shoichi Hirose

山田圭介
Keisuke Yamada

渋谷英男
Hideyo Shibuya

鈴木孝次
Toshitsugu Suzuki

篠原正記
Masaki Shinohara

河美智子
Michiko Kawa

中野俊子
Toshiko Nakano

安芸津広
Hiroshi Akitsu

松本光男
Mitsuo Matsumoto

大西康雄
Yasumasa Onishi

緒方燐作
Rinsaku Ogata

向井淳一郎
Junichiro Mukai

一万慈鶴恵
Tazue Ichimanji

平三富子
Tomiko Hiraso

中西英介
Eisuke Nakanishi

成田孝
Takashi Narita

勝本圭一郎
Keiichiro Katsumoto

坂本晴哉
Haruya Sakamoto

細川隆一
Ryuichi Hosokawa

速水洸
Ko Hayami

大川時生
Tokio Okawa

寺沢ひろ子
Hiroko Terasawa

高原とり子
Toriko Takahara

手塚勝巳
Katsumi Tezuka

中島春雄
Haruo Nakajima
特技監督
Special Effects Director
円谷英二
Eiji Tsuburaya
監督
Director
本多猪四郎
Ishiro Honda