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Director:
Writers:
Shin'ichi Sekizawa (screenplay)
Shunrô Oshikawa (novel) ...
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Release Date:
11 March 1965 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Ride the JUGGERNAUT of destruction from the depths of the Seven Seas to the Outer Limits of Space! See more »
Plot:
Several strange occurrences are taking place all over the world including the disappearance of two engineers... See more » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Fair sci-fi effort from Toho. See more (15 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
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
Akemi Kita ... Rimako - Sneezing Model
Hiroshi Hasegawa
Nadao Kirino ... Kidnapped Scientist
Shin Ôtomo ... Government Official
Haruya Sakamoto
Tetsu Nakamura ... Warship Captain
Yutaka Nakayama ... Sailor
Mitsuo Tsuda
Kôji Uno ... Police Officer
Sadako Amemiya ... Memoko - Girl in Susumu's Studio
Rinsaku Ogata
Hideo Ôtsuka
Yutaka Oka ... Man on Bus
Yukihiko Gondô ... Military Official
Shôichi Hirose ... Mu Henchman
Katsumi Tezuka ... Mu Henchman
Takuzô Kumagai (as Jirô Kumagai)
Yasuzô Ogawa ... Mu Henchman Beside High Priest of Mu
Shirô Tsuchiya
Wataru Ômae ... Police Officer
Toshio Miura
Masayoshi Kawabe
Hiroshi Akitsu
Hideo Shibuya
Keisuke Yamada
Shinjirô Hirota
Keisuke Yamaji
Kuniyoshi Kashima
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ted Thomas ... Jinguji / High Priest (voice) (uncredited)
Osman Yusuf ... Muan Submarine Crewman (uncredited)

Directed by
Ishirô Honda 
 
Writing credits
Shin'ichi Sekizawa (screenplay)

Shunrô Oshikawa (novel "Kaitei gunkan")

Shigeru Komatsuzaki  novel "Kaitei okaku/The Undersea Kingdom"

Produced by
Tomoyuki Tanaka .... producer
 
Original Music by
Akira Ifukube 
 
Cinematography by
Hajime Koizumi 
 
Film Editing by
Ryôhei Fujii 
 
Production Design by
Takeo Kita 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kôji Kajita .... chief assistant director
 
Art Department
Shigeru Komatsuzaki .... conceptual artist
 
Sound Department
Minoru Kaneyama .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Teruyoshi Nakano .... assistant director of special effects
Eiji Tsuburaya .... director of special effects
Akira Watanabe .... special effects set direction
 
Visual Effects by
Sadamasa Arikawa .... director of special effects photography
Kuichirô Kishida .... special effects lighting
Yukio Manoda .... special effects camera assistant
Hiroshi Mukoyama .... matte photography
Sokei Tomioka .... director of special effects photography
 
Other crew
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... presenter (USA release)
James H. Nicholson .... presenter (USA release)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Kaitei gunkan" - Japan (original title)
"Atoragon" - Japan (English title) (promotional title)
"Undersea Battleship" - International (English title) (literal title)
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Runtime:
94 min | USA:89 min (English dubbed version)
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
This was Toho's big New Year's release for 1964.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Super Atragon (1996) (V)See more »

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Fair sci-fi effort from Toho., 26 January 2002

THE MYSTERIANS was about a big battle with aliens that takes place on Earth, BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE was about a big battle with aliens in outer space. So I suppose following that logic, it was inevitable that Toho would follow up those films with one that takes place beneath the sea.

This time Earth is threatened by inhabitants from beneath the sea who are descendants of the lost continent of Mu. Much of what is "known" about Mu comes from the speculative works of William Churchwald. Mu is said to be a lost continent like Atlantis, except Mu was in the Pacific. Like Atlantis, Mu was according to Churchwald at least, the home of an advance race that perished eons ago beneath the waves when world wide disaster struck.

ATRAGON (Aka KAITEI GUNKAN) is a fairly entertaining science fiction from Toho, but its one of their lesser efforts. There is not as much spectacle as can found in THE MYSTERIANS and BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE. The special effects and miniatures are not as colorful and detailed as in previous Toho epics. The big world threat promised by the Muians never materializes, about all they do is sink a Japanese merchant vessel and sink an American navel sub. They also try to kidnap a few surface people, but all that is hardly a reason to destroy a whole civilization. When the submarine Atragon attacks Mu, the Muians make a feeble attempt to protect themselves. Overall, the Muians bark is worse than their bite.

THE MYSTERIANS and BATTLE IN OUTERSPACE are very well paced and exciting films and are recommended to fans of Japanese science fiction. ATRAGON however, was a film I sat through with only mild interest and little enthusiasm.

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