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Release Date:
11 March 1965 (USA) See more »
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Ride the JUGGERNAUT of destruction from the depths of the Seven Seas to the Outer Limits of Space! See more »
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Several strange occurrences are taking place all over the world including the disappearance of two engineers... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Intriguing Submarine and Serpent Kaiju Film! 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
Ken Uehara ... Retired Admiral Kusumi
Jun Tazaki ... Captain Hachiro Jinguji
Kenji Sahara ... Uoto Unno - Journalist / Mu Agent
Hiroshi Koizumi ... Detective Itô
Yoshifumi Tajima ... Tome 'Amano' Amanoshome
Akihiko Hirata ... Mu Agent #23
Hideyo Amamoto ... High Priest of Mu
Tetsuko Kobayashi ... Empress of Mu
Hisaya Itô ... Shindo, Kidnapped Scientist
Minoru Takada ... Government Official
Susumu Fujita ... Defense Commander
Ikio Sawamura ... Taxi Driver
Akemi Kita ... Rimako - Sneezing Model
Nadao Kirino ... Kidnapped Scientist
Tetsu Nakamura ... Warship Captain
Yukihiko Gondô ... Military Official
Yutaka Nakayama ... Sailor
Shin Ôtomo ... Government Official
Wataru Ômae ... Police Officer
Kôji Uno ... Police Officer
Shôichi Hirose ... Mu Henchman
Katsumi Tezuka ... Mu Henchman
Yutaka Oka ... Man on Bus
Yasuzô Ogawa ... Mu Henchman Beside High Priest of Mu
Sadako Amemiya ... Memoko - Girl in Susumu's Studio
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Osman Yusuf ... Muan Submarine Crewman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ishirô Honda 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shigeru Komatsuzaki  novel "Kaitei okaku/The Undersea Kingdom"
Shunro Oshikawa  novel "Kaitei gunkan"
Shin'ichi Sekizawa  screenplay

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)
"Undersea Battleship" - International (English title) (literal title)
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Runtime:
96 min | USA:89 min (English dubbed version)
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
In preparing his script, screenwriter Shin'ichi Sekizawa used James Churchward's books about the continent of Mu. After this film was given a wide release in the United States by American International under the title "Atragon", Churchward's book were reprinted in a series of paperback editions.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 Time Traveller (2010)See more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Intriguing Submarine and Serpent Kaiju Film!, 20 June 2001
Author: OllieSuave-007 from California, USA

This is a great kaiju movie from Toho Studios. Right off the beginning of this film, we see an already intriguing scene when a scientist gets kidnapped by a creature from under the sea. The suspense builds when the creatures reveal themselves to be habitants of the Undersea Kingdom of Mu, and that they have come to Earth to reclaim its land (of course the Earth people do not accept that, so it's the super-submarine Atragon to the rescue). The scenes where it show the origin and the places of the Mu Kingdom are very entertaining. We actually get to see what the Mu Kingdom looks like. The scene where the Mu people sing and dance and worship is a real charmer. For this movie, the special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya are spectacular and the screenplay by Shinichi Sekizawa is exciting, spellbinding, and full of suspense and drama. The plot is solid and perfect and Ishiro Honda's directing is superb. The music by Akira Ifukube is excellent and fantastic. The main title music is full of melody and harmony and is probably my favorite Akira Ifukube music score. And, virtually everybody is in this movie: Tadao Takashima, Yoko Fujiyama, Yu Fujiki, Ken Uehara, Jun Tazaki, Kenji Sahara, Hiroshi Koizumi, Yoshifumi Tajima, Akihiko Hirata, Eisei Amamoto, and Susumu Fujita.

The scenes where the Earth humans and the Mu people battle each other is inspiring. Manda, the giant sea serpent, is an awesome-looking monster. He is the protector of the Mu Kingdom. From the sounds of the worships, Manda seemed to be a powerful creature. However, he is actually pretty weak since he hardly put up a descent battle with Atragon, and he appeared only briefly throughout the entire movie. That was a disappointment - more scenes of Manda would have made this an even better feature. But overall, this film is a great one from Toho.

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