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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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Ishirô Honda

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Shin'ichi Sekizawa (screenplay), Shunrô Oshikawa (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tadao Takashima Tadao Takashima ... Commercial Photographer Susumu Hatanaka
Yôko Fujiyama Yôko Fujiyama ... Makoto Jinguji, the Captain's Daughter
Yû Fujiki Yû Fujiki ... Yoshito Nishibe
Kenji Sahara Kenji Sahara ... Uoto Unno - Journalist / Mu Agent
Ken Uehara Ken Uehara ... Retired Admiral Kusumi
Hiroshi Koizumi Hiroshi Koizumi ... Detective Itô
Jun Tazaki Jun Tazaki ... Captain Hachiro Jinguji
Yoshifumi Tajima Yoshifumi Tajima ... Tome 'Amano' Amanoshome
Akihiko Hirata ... Mu Agent #23
Hideyo Amamoto ... High Priest of Mu
Susumu Fujita Susumu Fujita ... Defense Commander
Minoru Takada Minoru Takada ... Government Official
Hisaya Itô Hisaya Itô ... Shindo, Kidnapped Scientist
Ikio Sawamura Ikio Sawamura ... Taxi Driver
Tetsuko Kobayashi 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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

11 March 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atragon See more »

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Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Runtime:

| (English dubbed)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Tanaka may have been inspired by "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" but the actual story behind "Kaitei Gunkan" dates from the late 1880's when electricity and Jules Verne were both in vogue in Japan. It was a fantasy story called "Denki-Kai" - "The Electric Light Ship." See more »

Goofs

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 The War in Space (1977) See more »

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A Fun Mu-vie
16 July 2008 | by ferbs54See all my reviews

The evil empire of Mu had sunk to the depths of the Pacific around 10,000 B.C., but, as the 1963 Japanese film "Atragon" shows us, by the year 1965 its people were alive and well, surviving on the ocean floor and ready to conquer the surface lands once again. After Hong Kong and Venice are destroyed, it seems that only the supersub Atragon might be able to save the nations of Earth from the Mu menace, and so a team is dispatched to locate its renegade Capt. Jinguji, a superpatriot for whom World War II has never ended.... Anyway, "Atragon" is a very fine example of a "tokusatsu" (Japanese special FX movie), and the ship itself, with its drilling bow, cold-air cannon and ability to fly through the air, is quite a pleasing creation. The film reunites director Ishiro Honda, composer Akira Ifukube and FX master Eiji Tsuburaya from 1954's "Gojira," the original Godzilla picture, as well as that earlier film's Akihiko Hirata, the inventor of the Oxygen Destroyer, here playing Mu Agent #23. "Atragon" also dishes out some impressive-looking sets (such as those gigantic royal chambers in Mu) and rousing battle sequences (the Mu sub, with its serpent-shaped cannon, destroying a Japanese fleet, looks especially awesome). Although not a "kaiju eiga" (monster movie), the film still offers us one "daikaiju" (giant monster) in the form of Manda, a snaky serpent creature that gives the folks on the Atragon a rough moment or two. The picture packs quite a bit of story--perhaps too much story--into its 96-minute running time and probably would have benefited from an extra half hour for a more leisurely exposition. Still, the film is undeniably fun, and the Mu empress really is something to see. The DVD that I just watched, by the way, from Media Blasters' Tokyo Shock series, looks very fine, and really is everything one could ask for.


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