Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds (1977)
Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds (恐竜・怪鳥の伝説 is a Kyōryū Kaichō no Densetsu)1977 Japanese tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Toei Company, Ltd. It was released to Japanese theaters on April 29, 1977.
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Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Junji Kurata
- Written by Masaru Igami, Isao Matsumoto, and Ichiro Otsu
- Produced by Keiichi Hashimoto
- Music by Masao Yagi
- Cinematography by Sakuji Shiomi
- Edited by Isamu Ichida
- Production Design by Yoshimitsu Amamori
- Special Effects by Fuminori Ohashi
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Tsunehiko Watase as Setsu Serizawa
- Shotaro Hayashi as Akira Taniki
- Nobiko Sawa as Akiko Osano
- Satoko Kyoshima as Junko Sonoda
- Fuyukichi Maki as Masahira Muku
- Kinshi Nakamura as Hideyuki Sakai
- Hiroshi Nawa as Masahiko Miyawaki
- So Takizawa as Jiro Shimamoto
- Yusuke Tsukasa as Susume Hirano
- Go Nawata as Hiroshi Sugiyama
- Yukari Miyazen as Hiroko Takami
- Masahiro Arikawa as Seitaro Shintaku
- Tamikashi Karazawa as Uemura
- Sachio Miyashiro as Kobayashi
- Main article: Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds/Gallery.
- The Legend of Dinosaurs (United States)
- The Monsters of Prehistory (Les Monstres de la préhistoire; France)
- Earthquake 10° (Terremoto 10°; Italy)
- God of the Sea (Denizlerin tanrisi; Turkey)
- Giants of Prehistoric Times (Giganten der Vorzeit; West Germany)
Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds was dubbed into English for international export by Frontier Enterprises. Television producer and distributor Sandy Frank acquired U.S. television and home video rights to the film from Toei. In 1987, Frank sold the film, now titled The "Legend of Dinosaurs", in a television syndication package through King Features Entertainment with other Japanese productions he'd licensed; The "Legend of Dinosaurs" and these other titles were also released to home video by Celebrity Home Entertainment that same year. On May 28, 1989, The "Legend of Dinosaurs" was featured as the final episode of the movie-mocking television series Mystery Science Theater 3000 during its original broadcast on the Minneapolis-area station KTMA.
Tokyo Shock DVD (2007)
- Region: 1
- Discs: 1
- Audio: Japanese, English (2.0 Mono)
- Subtitles: English
- Special Features: Still gallery, two trailers for the movie, four trailers for other Tokyo Shock titles
- Notes: Out of print.
- Despite the film's title, neither of the titular creatures are actually dinosaurs, as the Plesiosaur is classified as a marine reptile, while the rhamphornycus is classified as a flying reptile.
- Italian movie posters for the film featured a gigantic Tyrannosaurus towering over a skyscraper in place of the film's plesiosaurus.
- Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds was the only Japanese monster movie to be released in the Soviet Union, and became something of a cult film. Interestingly, it wasn't the prehistoric creatures that caught the attention of audiences, but the depiction of a foreign capitalist country with its modern advancements.
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