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The Monster Varan

(Daikaijû Baran)


During an excursion to research an unusual butterfly in the mountains of northeastern Japan, two explorers are mysteriously killed. The natives of the island blame the deaths on their God "Varan" who becomes enraged at the sight of humans. A second group of researchers, not heeding the natives' warning, rouse the gigantic angry beast and evoke the destruction of the native village. The Self-Defense force launches a counterattack; battleships, tanks, and high-powered explosives, deployed to halt the spiney-backed, flying creature as it heads for the ultimate stomping ground -- TOKYO.

A movie directed by Ishirô Honda

1958 - 87 minutes - Black & White - Mono - 2.35

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Main Cast

  • Kenji
  • Yuriko
  • Horiguchi
  • Dr. Sugimoto
  • Military Officer Kusama
  • Military Officer Katsumoto
  • Secretary of Defense
  • Dr. Fujimora, bomb expert
  • Dr. Majima, Sugimoto's aide
  • Village High Priest
  • Ken, the boy
  • Ken's Mom
  • Ichiro, Yuriko's brother
  • Yutaka Wada
  • Issaku



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Also Known As

  • Baran: Monster from the East (inc)
  • The Great Monster Baran (inc)
  • Varan the Unbelievable (us)

Release dates

  • October 14, 1958
  • October 14, 1958