Varan the Unbelievable (1958)


Directed by: Ishirô Honda, Motoyoshi Oda

Stars: Kôzô Nomura, Ayumi Sonoda, Koreya Senda

Language: Japanese + Commentary jap (2nd track) | Subtitles: English, Japanese (embed)

Country: Japan | Imdb Info | Ar: 2.35:1 | Webrip

Also known as: Daikaijû Baran, Baran: Monster from the East

Description: When a rare species of butterfly is found in a mysterious valley in Japan, a pair of entomologists go to investigate and find more. However, when they get there they find an uncharted lake and as they are observing it they are caught in a landslide and killed. A reporter named Yuriko, the sister of one of the men decides to go to the area to find out what exactly happened. She is accompanied by another entomologist named Kenji and a reporter named Horiguchi. When they get to the village where the men were last seen alive they find out about a legend regarding a giant monster. They soon find out that it is not a legend and the monster named Varan is very much alive. Soon Varan leaves the valley where he has lived for millions of years and is heading for Tokyo.


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9 Responses to Varan the Unbelievable (1958)

  1. Maestro says:

    Is this the Japanese or American version? I’m looking for the American version. Already have the Japanese version.

  2. wobot says:

    such a great find! thank you a million times over for this version! you made my whole week!

  3. Jon says:

    Thank you very much for uploading this! Do you happen to have Rodan (1956)?

  4. ShadowofWard says:

    Fantastic! Thanks Rarelust! Can’t beat High Def Toho Classics!

  5. Will says:

    Yes!!! Thank you so much for finding my request and the Japanese version too. You are fantastic mate.

  6. tom swift says:

    To my increasingly vague memory, the cut-down 1962 Americanized release was, in its own peculiar way, the most “realistic” of the Giant Monster movies. Somehow it had minimized the essential silliness inherent in the whole concept. When, in the early home-video days, I saw Varan the Unbelievable again, I found the silliness was back; what I was watching was the full Japanese 1958 version with Varan flying around on wings which made Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster look sophisticated by comparison. So, silly Varan or not-quite-so silly Varan – take your pick.

  7. Gamera says:

    Awesome original version!

  8. Inchbold says:

    I’ve been looking for a good copy of this for ages. You’ve made my day, Rarelust!

  9. OSMOSIS says:

    No offense to “The Version We All Grew Up Watching” (a.k.a. The Crown International Version “Starring” Myron Healy), but the ORIGINAL TOHO Version is the one that you really want. For starters, sure there’s something regarding “Flight” here, but also it’s an Akira Ifukube musical education here as some classic TOHO-Verse Themes and Cues are actually introduced here. Finally…underlying humor, which is totally missing in the Crown version.
    As always Rarelust, Thank You.

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