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Atragon (1963)
"Kaitei gunkan" (original title)

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Several strange occurrences are taking place all over the world including the disappearance of two engineers. Also, former admiral Kosumi is nearly kidnapped along with his secretary, and ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tadao Takashima ...
Commercial Photographer Susumu Hatanaka
Yôko Fujiyama ...
Makoto Jinguji, the Captain's Daughter
Yû Fujiki ...
Yoshito Nishibe
Kenji Sahara ...
Uoto Unno - Journalist / Mu Agent
Ken Uehara ...
Retired Admiral Kusumi
Hiroshi Koizumi ...
Detective Itô
Jun Tazaki ...
Captain Hachiro Jinguji
Yoshifumi Tajima ...
Tome 'Amano' Amanoshome
Akihiko Hirata ...
Mu Agent #23
Hideyo Amamoto ...
High Priest of Mu
Susumu Fujita ...
Defense Commander
Minoru Takada ...
Government Official
Hisaya Itô ...
Shindo, Kidnapped Scientist
Ikio Sawamura ...
Taxi Driver
Tetsuko Kobayashi ...
Empress of Mu
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Several strange occurrences are taking place all over the world including the disappearance of two engineers. Also, former admiral Kosumi is nearly kidnapped along with his secretary, and goddaughter, Makoto Jinguji. The kidnap attempt is thwarted by photographer Susumu Hatanaka and his assistant Yoshito Nishibe. It is later revealed the Mu Empire, which disappeared 12,000 years earlier, are responsible for all the occurrences and are planning to invade the surface world to reclaim their supposed colonies. Also, the Muans manage to steal the I-403 submarine from embittered Captain Jinguji, Makoto's father, and in the process steal the plans for and even greater sub, Atragon (aka Gotengo). As the attacks by the Muans increase the world anxiously asks Jinguji for his help, even his daughter Makoto makes an impassioned plea for him to join the fight against Mu. Unfortunately, Jinguji is still bitter about the defeat of Japan in World War II and won't help. However, the fight becomes ... Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Trivia

Media Blasters had originally intended to release the DVD of the film with not only the original Japanese version, but with the American International version, which was dubbed by Titra sound. However, when Toho heard their plans, they refused to give them permission, unless they put their internationally dubbed version on instead. Media Blasters acquiesced and the AIP version still has not had a proper DVD release. See more »

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In some of the scenes were Atragon (aka. Gotengo) is flying, the strings holding the model are visible. See more »

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Captain Hachiro Jinguji: Let her go. Let her die with her nation.
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Fun loopy movie starring a submarine!
2 March 2001 | by (Huntington, NY) – See all my reviews

ATRAGON (1963, aka KAITEI GUNKAN) is a fun, fast paced sci-fi action thriller by the Japanese makers and stars of the Godzilla series. It seems the undersea kingdom of Mu wants to reclaim their rule on Earth. It's up to a plucky cheesecake photographer (Tadao Takashima) and a self-exiled WW2 Japanese Naval officer (Jun Tazaki) to stop them. There are laps of logic, which kind of add to the fun, and some well staged sequences. Film gets especially silly when the undersea Mu empire sends the Japanese Government an 8mm film explaining Mu's history and plans. This little film has optical titles, a narration, the works. Does this undersea kingdom have a film production unit complete with a film processing lab? Giddy fun here. ]


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One of the better toho sci-fi films, imo. darthsmythe1138
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