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Atragon (1963)

Kaitei gunkan (original title)
When an ancient underground civilization and their snake-like guardian plots to reclaim the surface world, those of the surface fights back.

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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 ...
Yoshifumi Tajima ...
Tome 'Amano' Amanoshome
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Mu Agent #23
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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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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 »

Quotes

Captain Hachiro Jinguji: Let her go. Let her die with her nation.
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Referenced in Gojira torêdjingu batoru (1998) See more »

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good spy-monster 60ish movie
14 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

This movie succeeds where many typical Japanese monster movies fail. The plot is thick and evolves into some sort of spy story about a renegade, long lost naval officer, whose daughter is in the custody of his former commanding officer who -in turn- has kept silent about him for 20 years. On top of that, some mysterious submarine empire wants to conquer earth, and demands that said lost officer be handed over, in addition to the latter's brainchild, a powerful submarine. The renegade is now assembling his submarine on a remote island with a garrison of left over soldiers & natives, hoping to win WWII in the 60's. Such submarine ( the 60'ish version of GOTENGO in final wars, again coming in the 70's Tsuburaya production "I-zenborg" ) is the last hope for humankind. The plot -as said- is unexpectedly solid, a cut above most monster movies, and adds drama and spy story in a credible fashion. Of course that's from the Godzilla crew, so we have to adjust our expectations period & genre-wise. Trademarks abound, EG the submarine invaders look like the "savages" on the Mothra island: they just wave spears & dance around pseudo-Egyptian monuments.Overall a cut above the usual man-in-suit smashing cartonbox miniatures movie and without too many bond movie cloned moments.


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