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Battle Under Orion (2009)

Manatsu no Orion (original title)
World War II story alternates between the past and present, linked by a fateful song. Japanese sub I-77 battles an American destroyer off the coast of Okinawa. Before heading to war, the ... See full summary »


Tetsuo Shinohara


Tsukasa Ikegami (based on the novel by), Kenzaburô Iida (based on the novel by) | 3 more credits »


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Credited cast:
Yoshikuni Dôchin Yoshikuni Dôchin
Mitsuru Fukikoshi
Mutsutoshi Furuhata Mutsutoshi Furuhata
Yûta Hiraoka
Yuto Hoshi Yuto Hoshi
Fumio Itô Fumio Itô
Masaya Kikawada Masaya Kikawada
Keiko Kitagawa
Andrew Krakat Andrew Krakat ... American Soldier
Tôru Masuoka Tôru Masuoka
Naoya Matsunaga Naoya Matsunaga
Raina Miyoshi Raina Miyoshi
Yurika Nagamori Yurika Nagamori
Kyôsuke Ohta Kyôsuke Ohta
Tomofumi Okumura Tomofumi Okumura


World War II story alternates between the past and present, linked by a fateful song. Japanese sub I-77 battles an American destroyer off the coast of Okinawa. Before heading to war, the captain received a final present from his lover, the score to a song titled Manatsu no Orion. 64 years later, his granddaughter discovers the score and the significance behind the song. Written by Snelps

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Release Date:

13 June 2009 (Japan) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Albany, New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The WWII ship used in the production of this film is the USS SLATER DE 766, which is the last Destroyer Escort afloat in America, which is currently on display on the Hudson River in Albany, New York, USA. The on-ship scenes where filmed on the ship, in Albany, NY. See more »

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Nowhere to hide on the open sea...
20 December 2015 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

This movie actually was quite nice for a war drama. For a World War 2 drama there was surprisingly little fighting going on, but the movie did quite well even without that aspect of the war.

The movie takes place at the end of World War 2, following a Japanese submarine pitched against an American destroyer. Doesn't sound like much of a story, but it was actually quite entertaining and good to watch. And if you enjoyed "Das Boot", then you will also like this movie.

Director Tetsuo Shinohara managed to put together a good movie, and really were able to portray some good drama on the screen, especially since the setting was limited to a submarine and a destroyer. But a lot of credit also goes to the cast who really put on amazing performances, especially the guy playing the Japanese submarine captain.

The movie is built up and filmed in such a way that you almost feel like you are part of the submarine crew and find yourself right there in the cramped space of the submarine.

If you enjoy World War 2 movies and want something that differs from the majority of the genre, then you should give "Battle Under Orion" (aka "Manatsu no Orion") a chance. I was thoroughly entertained and can warmly recommend this movie.

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