For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.
6 Ratings

Lucky Dragon No. 5

Daigo Fukuryu-Maru

Directed by Kaneto Shindô
Japan, 1959


An ageing fishing boat sets out from the port of Yaizu. 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 time to clear their fishing gear.

This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what's now showing
Lucky Dragon No. 5 Directed by Kaneto Shindô

What are people saying?

  • Karl J. Kipling's rating of the film Lucky Dragon No. 5

    Gruesome but true: nearly ten years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki there were more Japanese victims of American nukes. A fishing boat has the awful luck of pulling tuna just as the US drops an H-bomb on Bikini. Shindo shows compassion for the victims without sinking into tear-jerking sentimentality or easy anti-Americanism: the one American speaking part is the perfect cold bureaucrat, which says all that needs said.

Related films