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Atragon (1965)

Tadao Takashima , Yko Fujiyama , Ishir Honda  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Tadao Takashima, Yko Fujiyama, Y Fujiki, Ken Uehara, Jun Tazaki
  • Directors: Ishir Honda
  • Writers: Shigeru Komatsuzaki, Shin'ichi Sekizawa, Shunro Oshikawa
  • Producers: Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Unknown), Japanese (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tokyo Shock
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BB18JK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,619 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Atragon" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by assistant director Koji Kajito (in Japanese with English subtitles)
  • Trailer

Editorial Reviews

From beneath the sea, the forces of the Mu Empire are preparing their invasion. They are armed with a vast array of weaponry and have creatures of unimagined power at their disposal, but what they're not counting on is the Undersea Battleship Atragon, an

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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When Muans attack... February 1, 2006
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Geez, Louise...if'n it ain't a giant monster trashing Tokyo, it's some uppity, advanced civilization of war mongering peoples living on a continent that sunk to the bottom of the ocean long ago desperate to regain that which they lost, specifically domination over the entire planet...Atragon (1965), originally known as Kaitei gunkan (1963), directed by the legendary Ishir Honda (Godzilla, Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, The Mysterians), features a strong cast of Toho regulars including Tadao Takashima (Son of Godzilla), Yko Fujiyama (Dagora, the Space Monster), Ken Uehara (Mothra), Jun Tazaki (Destroy All Monsters), Kenji Sahara (Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster), and Yu Fujiki (Yog: Monster from Space).

The first half of the film introduces us to many of the main characters in the story, and also relates how an ancient civilization called the Mu empire has begun to try and regain control of the world, apparently something they had in the past (they claim all surface dwelling peoples are colonies of the Mu), but lost due to the fact the continent they were living on had the nerve to sink to the bottom of the ocean some 12,000 years ago. Okay, seems to me if these people were so advanced, they would have moved to another, more stable continent before or around the time theirs took a nose dive rather than go through all the trouble and effort to develop a vast, undersea city, but what the heck do I know? I'm just a gaijin...anyway, the Mu empire, perhaps tired of pruned fingers and smelling like fish, begin a campaign to subjugate the peoples of the Earth using their superior technology delivering destruction and mayhem, threatening to destroy everything unless the receive full compliance. To show they mean business, they blow up...a cargo ship...seriously...
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
A Kid's Review
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ATRAGON is a fun movie. The synopsis of the movie is that the sightings of "burning" mutants leads to the discovery of an undersea kingdom called Mu that destroys Tokyo. Seeking revenge, a secret base on a small island launches the flying submarine/battleship Atragon which attacks Mu and battles a sea serpant monster called Manda. Unfortunetly, Manda only gets a 5 minute screen appearence even though he is brought up several times before then. Manda later appears in DESTROY ALL MONSTERS, GODZILLA`S REVENGE, TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA and both him and Atragon appear in GODZILLA FINAL WARS. Anyway, ATRAGON is an almost perfect movie.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Toho Classic, Delivered As Such January 31, 2006
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A big hand goes out to Media Blasters/Tokyo Shock, whom have really delivered the goods again! Although I appreciate Sony's efforts with the GODZILLA DVD series, it has seemed half-hearted in comparison to what MB has given us with "the other classics" from the Golden Age of Toho, such as VARAN, MATANGO, MYSTERIANS and DOGORA. The picture quality is excellent, and we're given 5 choices for audio: Japanese and English Mono, Japanese and English 5.1, and a commentary from assistant director Koji Kajita. The latter is in Japanese, but (as in their disc for THE MYSTERIANS) is provided a choice in English subtitled form. It's great to relax and listen to the English track, and have the commentary running below. On the subject of the English dub, no, this is not the AIP English dub, but a servicable original Toho "international" dub. The 5.1 version, in fact, seems to have be a nicely done homebrew mix by MB, easing the pain a little ;) . All-in-all, a fantastic presentation, a wonderful classic SF/F story featuring a great cast of Toho's familiar faces, and the brilliant talents of the fantastic trio, Honda, Tsuburaya and Ifukube.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Kevin
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I first saw this movie at a drive-in that had sliding boards and a pony ride. It was all I could talk about for several days, even though I do not think most kids in my age group could even pronounce the title. It had everything: super submarines, monsters, and the lost undersea empire of Mu. It did not matter that the film was full of little absurdities. Here was a high tech civilization where the soldiers ran around carrying spears. You had the dubbing, which my parents found amusing, but I did not care. As a cinematic experience, it was similar to watching the old Universal Flash Gordon Serials. The plot was improbable. There were wobbly space ships, comic opera costumes, and virtually no believable science. There was also a villain who name should have been: "Ming the incredibly tolerant of inept henchmen." It just did not matter. These films have a way of sweeping up the viewer and suspending disbelief. In the movie, "Ed Woods," the title character says "No one will notice," when a backer pointed to a wobbly cardboard tombstone. He was right, as long as the director knew what he was doing. The guys at TOHO knew what they were doing. Ed Woods, sadly, did not.

It was surprisng and a little dissappointing that the movie got poor distribution in the VHS era and very little television air time, if any. Up until a few years ago, Atrigan was being distributed by a "hard to find" video distributor for over $30. The DVD is immaculate--no scratches and great sound quality. This film is a lost gem that is finally getting exposure after an absence of two generations.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Atragon: A flying submarine from the creators of the GODZILLA series!
This 1963 Sci-Fi Japanese action creation dubbed into English has a simple story of saving the world from an undersea evil and belligerent Mu Empire. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Hawkeye
4.0 out of 5 stars so so
very well made movie, the concept as all the other movies by toho but a lil better then the others.
Published 4 months ago by anthony p. olloqui
5.0 out of 5 stars First seen in a drive-in in Texas
It was Wednesday (merchant's night). This was part of all-night Japanese Festival in the 60's. This looks like they used all the old Gojira sets for this movie Kaitei Gunkan. Read more
Published 5 months ago by bernie
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Sci-fi film with the master of SFX.
During mid 50s to 60s before film industries lost grace with the rising tide of TV dramas, Toho created a number of great sci-fi films also loved by moviegoers around the world. Read more
Published 10 months ago by susumu-5
2.0 out of 5 stars For die hard Japanese Sci-fi fans only.
Unbelieivable, and not in a good way.
Movie has way too muh filler and not enough Atragon.
If you liked The Mysterions or Battle in Outer Space or even Godzilla, you will... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jim the builder
5.0 out of 5 stars Atragon - the forerunner of Roboteck's SDF1
Circa1963 Atragon was ahead of its time. A flying submarine with a giant drill on the front.What more could you ask for? Read more
Published 12 months ago by samhayhurst
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Toho's best!!
This movie outright sucks. There is no plot in the movie and if there was a plot, I missed it. The acting was terrible and the special effects was done by a third-string team... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Alberto Melendez
5.0 out of 5 stars Oy!
With model-ship-in-the-bathtub technology, this movie takes you on a journey so far out that you'll need handlebars to get through it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Bt
5.0 out of 5 stars Astrogon........maybe???
When I was 10 years old or so, my guardian wanted to go carouse the bar circuit in a little town in southern Ohio. This was 1964 or so. Read more
Published on March 2, 2011 by bubbula
5.0 out of 5 stars Honda's Best Fantasy Film!
If I were to choose a movie to introduce people to the wonderful world of Japanese Monster Movies, Atragon would be near the top of that list. Read more
Published on February 16, 2010 by Peter H. Brothers
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