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Title: Atragon
Genres: Sci-fi
Directed by: Ishirô Honda
Written by: Shin'ichi Sekizawa
Produced by: Tomoyuki Tanaka
Music by: Akira Ifukube
Cinematography: Hajime Koizumi
Edited by: Ryôhei Fujii
Distributed by: Toho Company, Ltd.
American International Pictures
Released: December 22nd, 1963
Rating: Approved
Running time: 94 min.
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese

Atragon is a Japanese feature film of the science fiction and adventure genres. It is a tokusatsu daikaiju film and is part of the greater Godzilla film series. The movie was directed by Ishirô Honda with a screenplay written by Shin'ichi Sekizawa based on elements of the novels Kaitei gunkan and Kaitei okaku by authors Shunrô Oshikawa and Shigeru Komatsuaki. The movie premiered in Japan on December 22nd, 1963. It has no sequels, though elements of the film have crossed over into other "Godzillaverse" movie projects.

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Actor Role
Tadao Takashima 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
Akihiko Hirata Mu agent #23
Hideyo Amamoto 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
Akemi Kita Rimako, sneezing model
Hiroshi Hasegawa Unknown
Nadao Kirino Kidnapped scientist
Shin Ôtomo Government official
Haruya Sakamoto Unknown
Tetsu Nakamura Warship captain
Yutaka Nakayama Sailor
Mitsuo Tsuda Unknown
Kôji Uno Police officer
Sadako Amemiya Memoko, girl in Susumu's studio
Rinsaku Ogata Unknown
Hideo Ôtsuka Unknown
Yutaka Oka Man on bus
Yukihiko Gondô Military official
Shôichi Hirose Mu henchman
Katsumi Tezuka Mu henchman
Takuzô Kumagai Unknown
Yasuzô Ogawa Mu henchman
Shirô Tsuchiya Unknown
Wataru Ômae Police officer
Toshio Miura Unknown
Masayoshi Kawabe Unknown
Hiroshi Akitsu Unknown
Hideo Shibuya Unknown
Keisuke Yamada Unknown
Shinjirô Hirota Unknown
Keisuke Yamaji Unknown
Kuniyoshi Kashima Unknown
Osman Yusuf Mu submarine crewman

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Atragon (1963)

DVD cover art; Tokyo Shock.

  • Atragon premiered on DVD in Region 1 format by Tokyo Shock in 2006. It had an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 (anamorphic) with Japanese dialogue, English dubbing and English subtitles.
  • Atragon is also the name of the submersible vessel featured in the film.
  • First appearance of Manda, which is an ancient sea serpent.
  • Actor Takuzô Kumagai is credited as Jirô Kumagai in this film.
  • In English-dubbed translations of the film, Makoto Jinguji's name is changed to Makoto Shinguji.
  • Actress Akemi Kita received additional exposure (both literally and figuratively) in American promotional material for the film as the model wearing the leopard-skin bikini.

Taglines Edit

  • "An adventure beyond your wildest dreams - as a Super-Weapon meets Super-Force with the fate of the Universe at stake!"
  • "See the JUGGERNAUT of Destruction Challenge the Incredible EMPIRE Beneath the Sea!"
  • "See! The terror swath of the deadly Astral Disks!"
  • "See! The Exotic Rites and Grotesque Passions of the Kingdom of Mu!"
  • "See! Underwater Juggernauts of Destruction!"
  • "Ride the JUGGERNAUT of destruction from the depths of the Seven Seas to the Outer Limits of Space!"

Recommendations Edit

Giant monster films

Godzilla films

Other Kaiju

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