Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds (1977)

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Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds
The Japanese poster for Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds
Alternate titles
Flagicon United States.png The Legend of Dinosaurs (TV 1987)
See alternate titles
Directed by Junji Kurata
Producer(s) Keiichi Hashimoto
Written by Masaru Igami, Isao Matsumoto,
Ichiro Otsu
Music by Masao Yagi
Distributor Toei Company, Ltd.
Running time 94 minutes
(1 hour, 34 minutes)
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Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds (恐竜・怪鳥の伝説,   Kyōryū Kaichō no Densetsu) is a 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



  • Plesiosaurus
  • Rhamphorhynchus


Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds was shot on location at Mount Fuji. Principal photography began on October 12, 1976.[1]


Main article: Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds/Gallery.

Alternate Titles

  • 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)

U.S. Release

Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds was dubbed into English for international export by Frontier Enterprises.[1] 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.[2]


Japanese Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds trailer

Video Releases

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.[3]


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