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Atragon (1963)

Kaitei gunkan (original title)
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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 ... Captain Hachiro Jinguji
Yoshifumi Tajima ... Tome 'Amano' Amanoshome
... Mu Agent #23
... 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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An adventure beyond your wildest dreams - as a Super-Weapon meets Super-Force with the fate of the Universe at stake! See more »


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This was Toho's big New Year's release for 1964. 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 Urusei yatsura: Shocking Library: Quiet Please! (1982) See more »

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Good movie for it's time
27 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

I remember seeing this movie as a preteen-ager at a drive-in in the early-mid 1960's. I watched it again years later on DVD and still found it entertaining. I would consider it a Japanese retelling of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.

An eccentric ultra-patriotic World War II Japanese naval genius has built a super sub in secret to restore the glory of the World War II Japanese Empire. However a new enemy has now emerged; an aggressive underwater kingdom called Mu and it's giant monster god.

This is a good movie with a decent plot and some very attractive Japanese women! The bikini shot of Akemi Kita early in the movie definitely wins the award for "The Best Bikini in a Japanese Movie". The Captain's daughter and the Mu Empress definitely rate a 9+ on the "hotness" scale as well. ;)

This movie is classic TOHO made during the heyday of Japanese science fiction. Although the special effects doesn't stand up to today's standards, for it's time they were above average. I remember watching this movie as a kid and being mesmerized by it. The musical score is very good as well.

The American release DVD quality is excellent. It is dubbed in English and about 89 minutes long. The colors are rich and vibrant. A very good presentation for this very good movie.

Definitely worth a look. I recommend it.


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