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Atragon (Kaitei gunkan) (Atoragon: Flying Supersub) Reviews

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bbcfloridabound
Super Reviewer
October 27, 2009
It took forever for this film to show up from Netflix, Also its a high price film even from Amazon. Toho Studios has some of the best 1950-1960 Sci-Fi out there and this is no exception. Believe to be a Sci-Fi Favorite to most. I expected something like Godzilla, Mothra, but what I got was a flying Sub, Now there is a neat idea, and this sub can drill through rock. The english dubs make it more laughable. Most films I watch with original language and english subtitles but just couldn?t get into this one. Have to let this one squeak by with a 3 star rating.
March 11, 2012
A bit boring but nicely paced. Manda only appears a little bit but there characters aren't too bad and the story is decent. Fairly interesting moments and a decent addition to any kaiju movie collection.
September 3, 2010
Atragon is a delightfully fun piece of early 60s, Japanese science fiction from Ishiro (Godzilla) Honda, the master of fantastic Japanese cinema in the 50s and 60s. In this film, a vanished continent begins attacking the world from under the sea and only a super-secret submarine can save the day. Cheesy, b-movie, sci-fi fun...and, yes, there is some kaiju action later in the film with the giant serpent Manda who is the guardian of the Mu Empire. A fun film for fans of 50s sci-fi and kaiju films.
August 25, 2010
Atragon is a delightfully fun piece of early 60s, Japanese science fiction from Ishiro (Godzilla) Honda, the master of fantastic Japanese cinema in the 50s and 60s. In this film, a vanished continent begins attacking the world from under the sea and only a super-secret submarine can save the day. Cheesy, b-movie, sci-fi fun...and, yes, there is some kaiju action later in the film with the giant serpent Manda who is the guardian of the Mu Empire. A fun film for fans of 50s sci-fi and kaiju films.
August 9, 2010
An almost interesting retake on Captain Nemo and the Nautilus. In this case a disgrunled Captain of the Japanese Imperial Navy still wanting to fight WW2 hides away for 20 years with his crew and manage not only to build an incredible super flying sub and secret base in the middle of a south seas jungle, but also to piss off some forgotten undersea Empire. If Toho ever remakes this it would be more interesting if they followed the Nemo revenge storyline.
½ April 13, 2008
OK Toho entry. The Atragon itself is cool, but the rest of the film leaves a bit to be desired. Mostly of interest for the ideas it presents regarding nationalism vs globalism in post-war Japan
March 19, 2008
What's not to love? An invading ancient civilization, their pet giant monster, and a flying super-sub bent on stopping them at all costs. Did I mention it was made by Toho? Yep, that pretty much says it all. While this is not a particularly deep film, it still explores the issue of patriotism at the expense of all else and whether or not that is not a foolish perspective. If that sounds too intellectual for you, don't worry: the film still has a bunch of not terribly intelligent yet very cool stuff to throw at its audience--like the super-sub's "Cool Air Cannon" that somehow works underwater without freezing all the water around it. Not to mention the debut of Manda, the giant serpent dragon that has since been featured in DESTROY ALL MONSTERS and GODZILLA: FINAL WARS. The special effects may not be overly effective, but they are nevertheless elaborate and always fun. It may not be a perfect film, but at least it is entirely unapologetic about the fact that it exists solely to entertain its audience.
May 27, 2014
It's decent, but not one of the most exciting films, in my opinion. It does, however, boast a great musical score!
May 26, 2012
For some reason this one takes a tremedous amount of time to get interesting....i do love the final part of the movie....and there are some great shots....it maybe needed to be shorter.
March 11, 2012
A bit boring but nicely paced. Manda only appears a little bit but there characters aren't too bad and the story is decent. Fairly interesting moments and a decent addition to any kaiju movie collection.
April 20, 2011
Not quite as entertaining as other Ishiro Honda films, Atragon is an OK companion to the wacky science fiction/giant monster/super tech movies that were all the rage in 1960s Japan. The English dubbing is consistently and entertainingly bad. The music seems to be made up of unused tracks from a Godzilla score. And unfortunately, the effects aren't up to snuff, by standards of the time and place. But, it's worth a watch if you like this sort of thing.
September 28, 2010
The beginning was quite cool. The mysterious underwater civilization that used to rule the world 12,000 years ago, the amazing look of the world of Mu, and of course the kaiju Manda.But then the suspension of disbelief doesn't quite kick in. Why doesn't the water seep into the underwater continent? Why do the people of Mu speak Japanese? Why do they have amazing futuristic technology but at the same time have primitive people? There's so much you question in a Toho special effects film like that, but Eiji Tsuburaya's special effects are some of the best ever, although the underwater scenes could have been more convincing... But isn't the special effects what it is all about?
September 3, 2010
Atragon is a delightfully fun piece of early 60s, Japanese science fiction from Ishiro (Godzilla) Honda, the master of fantastic Japanese cinema in the 50s and 60s. In this film, a vanished continent begins attacking the world from under the sea and only a super-secret submarine can save the day. Cheesy, b-movie, sci-fi fun...and, yes, there is some kaiju action later in the film with the giant serpent Manda who is the guardian of the Mu Empire. A fun film for fans of 50s sci-fi and kaiju films.
August 25, 2010
Atragon is a delightfully fun piece of early 60s, Japanese science fiction from Ishiro (Godzilla) Honda, the master of fantastic Japanese cinema in the 50s and 60s. In this film, a vanished continent begins attacking the world from under the sea and only a super-secret submarine can save the day. Cheesy, b-movie, sci-fi fun...and, yes, there is some kaiju action later in the film with the giant serpent Manda who is the guardian of the Mu Empire. A fun film for fans of 50s sci-fi and kaiju films.
August 9, 2010
An almost interesting retake on Captain Nemo and the Nautilus. In this case a disgrunled Captain of the Japanese Imperial Navy still wanting to fight WW2 hides away for 20 years with his crew and manage not only to build an incredible super flying sub and secret base in the middle of a south seas jungle, but also to piss off some forgotten undersea Empire. If Toho ever remakes this it would be more interesting if they followed the Nemo revenge storyline.
March 10, 2010
Fun little Toho Japanese movie that is, thankfully, not about Godzilla. No, this time it''s about, yes, a flying submarine! Evil aliens have submerged themselves underground and hijacked the government's latest hi-tech submarine in order to Take Over The Earth. But wait, the Government has even a MORE high-tech sub in the wings! And, even though the bad guys warn us to not use it. they do! YAY! Nice cinematography and some good special effects, but, like in all Japanese sci-fi movies, the pacing is somewhat ho-hum.
January 14, 2010
Short on characterization but filled to the brim with nifty Tsuburaya special effects scenes... and that's all I could ask for.
December 18, 2009
Bizarre Japanese flick about a flying submarine that finds another empire hidden deep beneath the ocean! It's OK, nothing special.
bbcfloridabound
Super Reviewer
October 27, 2009
It took forever for this film to show up from Netflix, Also its a high price film even from Amazon. Toho Studios has some of the best 1950-1960 Sci-Fi out there and this is no exception. Believe to be a Sci-Fi Favorite to most. I expected something like Godzilla, Mothra, but what I got was a flying Sub, Now there is a neat idea, and this sub can drill through rock. The english dubs make it more laughable. Most films I watch with original language and english subtitles but just couldn?t get into this one. Have to let this one squeak by with a 3 star rating.
June 16, 2009
I rather enjoyed this wonderful sci fi Toho film, directed by the always great Ishiro Honda. It had suspense, and it had crazy effects, and of course it had Manda. 1960s Tohos are always fun for me. I mean, come on a flying submarine and the lost continent of Mu, that's great Showa era writing!
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