Agon (TV 1968)

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Agon (series)
Air date January 2-5, 1968[1]
Directed by Norio Mine, Fuminori Ohashi
Producer(s) Tsuneyasu Matsumoto
Written by Shinichi Sekizawa, Kozo Uchida
Music by Wataru Saito
effects by
Fuminori Ohashi
Production company Nippon Denpa Eiga
Channel(s) Fuji TV
Genre(s) Tokusatsu, science fiction
Episodes 4[1]
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Agon (アゴン) is a four-episode 1968 Japanese tokusatsu kaiju miniseries supervised and co-written by prolific Toho screenwriter Shinichi Sekizawa. The first half was directed by Norio Mine and written by Sekizawa, while the second half was directed by Fuminori Ohashi and written by Kozo Uchida. Ohashi also served as the director of special effects on all four episodes. Produced by Nippon Denpa Eiga, the series aired on Fuji TV from January 2 to 5, 1968.[1] It was later edited into a 96-minute film, which Toho Video released on VHS in the 1980s.


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No. Title Directed by Written by Air date
1 "Agon Appears: Part One" Norio Mine Shinichi Sekizawa 01/02/1968
2 "Agon Appears: Part Two" 01/03/1968
3 "Hanging by a Thread: Part One" Fuminori Ohashi Kozo Uchida 01/04/1968
4 "Hanging by a Thread: Part Two" 01/05/1968


Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Supervised by   Shinichi Sekizawa
  • Directed by   Norio Mine, Fuminori Ohashi
  • Written by   Shinichi Sekizawa, Kozo Uchida
  • Produced by   Tsuneyasu Matsumoto
  • Music by   Wataru Saito
  • Sound recording by   Masao Takegawa
  • Cinematography by   Takao Kawarazaki
  • Production design by   Seiichi Toriizuka
  • Lighting by   Hisao Matsumoto
  • Director of special effects   Fuminori Ohashi
  • Special effects photographer   Haruki Kageyama


Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Shinji Hirota   as   Goro Sumoto
  • Asao Matsumoto   as   Detective Yamato
  • Yasuhiko Shima   as   Dr. Ukyo
  • Akemi Sawa   as   Satsuki Shizukawa
  • Yoshihiro Kobayashi   as   Monta
  • Etsuji Azuma   as   Agon



Alternate titles

  • Monster Agon (怪獣アゴン,   Kaijū Agon, alternate title)[1]
  • Phantom Monster Agon (幻の怪獣アゴン,   Maboroshi no Kaijū Agon, Japanese VHS/Betamax title)
  • Giant Phantom Monster Agon (幻の大怪獣アゴン,   Maboroshi no Daikaijū Agon, Japanese DVD title)
  • Agon: Atomic Dragon (English title on Japanese VHS)
  • Atomic Dragon (English title on Japanese DVD)

Video releases

King Records DVD (2005)

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 2
  • Audio: Japanese
  • Subtitles: None
  • Special features: Audio commentary, interviews

TC Entertainment Blu-ray (2017)

  • Region: A/1
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese
  • Subtitles: None
  • Special features: None
  • Notes: Cropped to 1.78:1.


  • Although four episodes of Agon were complete by 1964, Toho used the no-compete clause in creator Shinichi Sekizawa's contract to prevent them from being broadcast for four years, citing Agon's resemblance to Godzilla.[2]


This is a list of references for Agon (series). These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Sakai 1990, p. 54
  2. Derendorf 2018, p. 60.


  • Sakai, Yukio, ed. (24 March 1990). All Kaiju Kaijin (First Volume). Keibunsha. ISBN 4-7669-0962-3.
  • Derendorf, Kevin (2018). Kaiju for Hipsters: 101 "Alternative" Giant Monster Movies. Maser Press. ISBN 9781983293771.


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