Lucky Dragon No. 5 (film)

Lucky Dragon No. 5 (第五福竜丸, Daigo Fukuryū Maru) is a 1959 Japanese film directed by Kaneto Shindo.[1] It is based on events involving the fishing vessel Daigo Fukuryū Maru in 1954.

Lucky Dragon No. 5
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Directed byKaneto Shindo
Written byKaneto Shindo
Yasutarō Yagi
Music byHikaru Hayashi
Kindai Eiga Kyokai
Shinseiki Eiga
Release date
  • December 2, 1959 (1959-12-02) (Japan)
Running time
115 minutes


An ageing fishing boat, Dai-go Fukuryū Maru ("Lucky Dragon No. 5") sets out from the port of Yaizu in Shizuoka Prefecture. It travels around the Pacific, line fishing. While the ship is near Bikini Atoll, the ship's navigator sees a flash. All the crew come up to watch. They realize it is an atomic explosion, but take the time to clear their fishing gear. A short time later, grey ash starts to fall on the ship. By the time the ship returns to port, the sailors have been burned brown. They unload the fish, which are then transported away. They visit the local doctor and then go to Tokyo for an examination. It turns out they are all highly radioactive. Their symptoms become worse, and the contaminated fish causes a panic. The men are taken to hospitals in Tokyo, leaving their families behind. The radio operator, Kuboyama (Jūkichi Uno), dies from the radiation.


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  1. ^ "Lucky Dragon No. 5". Complete Index to World Film. 2012-06-03. Retrieved 2012-06-03.

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