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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 »
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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:
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:
In promotional material issued by American International, Yu Fujiki is credited as playing the "submarine captain." Fujiki played "Yoshito," the photographer's assistant. Jun Tazaki played Captain Jinguji.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:
Referenced in Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)See more »

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Toho's hidden masterpiece, 23 October 2005
Author: ebiros2 from United States

This is one of Toho's gem that has gone unnoticed for many years. The original story was written by a Japanese science fiction writer Oshikawa Shunro in 1900, which was then heavily modified for this movie adaptation by Shinichi Sekizawa. Casting is good, and the plot is very original.

During WW II, Japan created three largest submarines in the world the I 400 class which housed 3 bomber planes with plans to covertly bomb the Panama Canal. The story's premise is that a 4th variation of this sub I 403 was made by the Japanese, commanded by Capt. Jinguji (Jun Tazaki). It was thought that this sub sank off the coast of Saipan with all hands lost, but Jinguji and his crew survived and created an underground base in an uncharted island. There Jinguji also being an engineer, puts into action his plan to build a flying battleship/submarine called the Gotengo. The year is 1964 and there're few mysterious kidnapping of scientists in Japan and sitings of a strange submarine. The culprit (Akihiko Hirata) tries to kidnap ex-Lt. Admiral Kozumi (Ken Uyehara) and Jinguji's daughter Makoto (Yoko Fujiyama) but fails, and reveals that there's a plan for the Muans from the lost continent of Mu to return to the surface for world conquest. Kozumi now aware of Jinguji's survival and his creation the Gotengo, is asked by the UN to convince Jinguji to use it against the Muans. During their excursion to Jinguji's island, Muan spy (Kenji Sahara) kidnaps Makoto and her fiancée Hatanaka (Tadao Takashima). Jinguji's original idea was to use Gotengo to win the war (WW II that is) for Japan, but is now convinced he will have to fight the Muans.

The star of this movie is the outrageously cool looking flying battleship/submarine (Designed by notable Japanese science fiction artist Shigeru Komatsuzaki) that's armed to its teeth. This submarine comes with a drill at its nose and can drill through earth where the enemy has their lair. The Muans who are the race of people from the legendary continent Mu which sank in the pacific 12000 years ago (There are three lost continent legend if you're not familiar with Mu. One is Atlantis, other is Mu in the Pacific, and third is Lemuria in the Indian ocean which all sank around the same time ) are planning to return to the surface, and take over the world. Gotengo (the name of the sub) challenges Muans in their world to stop their invasion plan. As director of special effects Shinji Higuchi once said, Japanese might be the only people who have fetish for a flying battleship. This story, and Uchu Senkan Yamato is a prime example.

The American title of this movie "Atragon" which is also the American name for Gotengo is an abbreviation of the words "Atomic Dragon".

When I first saw the picture of this submarine, I long waited for the day I could see the movie. I saw a badly dubbed version on TV which was disappointing, but now a DVD is available with original Japanese dialogs. This is a movie worth watching.

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