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AGON?

Postby Phil Moskowitz » Tue Aug 28, 2007 12:57 am

Just finished reading the Sci-Fi Japan article about the Space Giants....

This Agon the Atomic Dragon show that the article mentions.... I'd never heard of it before...
Has anyone here seen it? Any good? Where to get a copy?
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Postby Xenorama » Tue Aug 28, 2007 2:29 am

it's an interesting b/w four part tv show. i liked it.

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Postby Phil Moskowitz » Tue Aug 28, 2007 2:38 am

Where is it avalable?
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Postby ryuuseipro » Tue Aug 28, 2007 10:22 am

Mr. Poopyhead wrote:Where is it avalable?


It was released on DVD a couple of years ago in Japan.

The series was just 4 episodes long, produced by Japan Radio Pictures (Nippon Denpa Eiga) in 1964, but didn't air until the start of 1968. Picture it as, basically, Godzilla: The Miniseries!

The show is quite good. And the monster turns up early and often. The mostly electronic music by Wataru Saitou is quite creepy and atmospheric, and makes you wonder what would happen if the late, great Raymond Scott had his hand at doing a kaijuu score! The special effects are pretty good, and Agon himself looks pretty cool! Oh, did I mention that Shin'ichi Sekizawa wrote two episodes?
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Postby Lord Hastur » Tue Aug 28, 2007 2:47 pm

I got's this.

I really like it. Yeah it's like a Godzilla television show. Coolness.
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Postby indianeric » Sun Sep 02, 2007 9:02 am

can somebody post a screenshot ? (other than the dvd cover)

if possible with the creature in destruction mode ?


thank you very much
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Postby Phil Moskowitz » Sun Sep 02, 2007 12:09 pm

And does anyone have a good copy they wanna sell?
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Postby August » Sun Sep 02, 2007 1:52 pm

Here's what I posted on another board recently when the subject of AGON came up:

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MABOROSHI-NO DAIKAIJU AGON (Agon, the Mysterious Giant Monster) was a television mini-series produced in 1964 by Nippon Denwa Eiga, written and produced by Shinichi Sekizawa, who was one of the main scribes for Toho's 1960s fantasy films. It was shot like a feature, but was structured in four chapters (much like some of the Mexican horror-wrestling movies from the 1960s). Legend has it that the original airing was stopped by Toho, who claimed there was infringement on Godzilla, but it eventually aired in 1968. (Apparently, this story is not true, but Toho did show some concern when it was in production -- but they okayed it -- in actuality, the broadcast was delayed because the sponsor dropped out).

AGON (English sales title AGON, THE ATOMIC DRAGON) is a slow-moving, low-key, black and white affair, that is probably best viewed as a curio of the time -- it's production paralleled the Eiji Tsuburaya's own ULTRA Q (produced in 1964 through 1965 and airing in 1966). Ironically, AGON was issued on VHS by Toho Video in the 1980s (and subsequently in 1993) and on DVD in 2005 by King Records. The monster suit, created by ex-Toho employee Fuminori Ohashi (who worked on the original cycle of Toho's monster films), refitted the costume for use in five episodes of THE SPACE GIANTS in 1966.
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Postby MouthForWar » Sun Sep 02, 2007 3:52 pm

August wrote:
AGON (English sales title AGON, THE ATOMIC DRAGON) is a slow-moving, low-key, black and white affair, that is probably best viewed as a curio of the time --


Yeah, I agree. I never liked AGON.
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Postby Shonokin » Wed Sep 05, 2007 11:59 am

August wrote:The monster suit, created by ex-Toho employee Fuminori Ohashi (who worked on the original cycle of Toho's monster films), refitted the costume for use in five episodes of THE SPACE GIANTS in 1966.


Thats a fun factoid... do you happen to know which episodes?
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Postby Xenorama » Wed Sep 05, 2007 12:30 pm

he makes a cameo in episode #1 (along with a stop-motion rhamphoryncus) and then is the heat monster Taron in episodes 13-16.

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Postby kpa » Wed Sep 05, 2007 9:08 pm

Shonokin wrote:
August wrote:The monster suit, created by ex-Toho employee Fuminori Ohashi (who worked on the original cycle of Toho's monster films), refitted the costume for use in five episodes of THE SPACE GIANTS in 1966.


Thats a fun factoid... do you happen to know which episodes?


Psst, Shonokin... photos and episode descriptions at:

http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2007 ... ies-guide/
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Postby Shonokin » Thu Sep 06, 2007 11:45 am

*sigh* I'm getting really old or really too busy, or both.

BTW, thanks Keith, Bob and Oki for the huuuuge write up. THIS is a show that could really use an official R1 DVD release.
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Re: AGON?

Postby O.Supreme » Mon Jan 04, 2016 4:47 pm

Greetings,

Sorry for the Necropost, but this was the only thread title I could find about Agon: The Atomics Monster.

Now... I know this miniseries is easy enough to get, just do a YouTube search. However, there is this on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Agon-Atomic-Monst ... words=agon

I know bootlegs show up on Amazon occasionally despite their best efforts, but I was just curious to know if anyone has any news about this? Is it a legit release? -Any assistance is appreciated. Thank you.
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Re: AGON?

Postby canofhumdingers » Wed Jan 06, 2016 3:28 pm

Well, Amazon lists it as being manufactured by GI Studios.

My google-fu didn't turn up much info but from what I can tell they're one of those dime-a-dozen "public domain" cheapo bootleg dvd outfits. You know, the kind who just copy vhs tapes of things they assume are public domain (or things they hope nobody will notice) onto dvd and sell them in bargain bins for a buck or two. I'd bet the disc is atrocious quality and barely watchable at best.
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Re: AGON?

Postby DannyBeane » Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:03 am

Just finished up this series online and I really enjoyed it. Yes the pacing is a little slow and yes the Agon suit is a little goofy looking but the miniature work is top notch for the budget. Also the soundtrack is very atmospheric, creepy and other worldly. The characters are stock characters so expect reporters, scientists etc. This film really does come off as a made for TV remake of Gojira and that's not a bad thing. I just purchased the DVD for this film from amazon and I think it will feature heavily in some of my monster movie marathons. I think this would make a really fun late night Halloween film in particular with its creepy droning soundtrack.
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Re: AGON?

Postby JordanGLC » Fri Jun 24, 2016 11:56 pm

Tower.com lists a number of releases from GI Studios, among them Pulgasari and Space Giants. Apparently, these guys really like dissing Godzilla. :lol:
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