Battle Under Orion (2009)

Battle Under Orion is a Japanese movie directed by Tetsuo Shinohara and based on a novel by Tsukasa Ikegami. It was released by Toho on June 13, 2009.

The film was inspired by the true story of Mochitsura Hashimoto, the commander of Japanese Navy submarine I-58, which torpedoed the USS Indianapolis in the final days of World War II. The names and a few minor details have been changed.

The film begins as a girl named Izumi Kuramoto (Keiko Kitagawa) gets a letter from America containing sheet music that belonged to her late grandfather, a submarine commander in the war. She visits a man who was his colleague, and he begins telling her a story about her grandfather’s life.

The film then shifts back to 1945 as a young submarine commander named Kuramoto (Hiroshi Tamaki) is in love with a woman named Shizuko (also played by Kitagawa). When he’s leaving for Okinawa, he takes along a page of sheet music for “Midsummer Orion”, which Shizuko wrote out herself. Later at sea, Kuramoto’s submarine is locked in battle with a United States destroyer while running dangerously low on oxygen and he’s forced to make a drastic tactical decision.

Movie info

Original title
Transliterated title
Manatsu no Orion
Release date
June 13, 2009
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Featured Cast

Hiroshi Tamaki Hiroshi Tamaki Kuramoto
Keiko Kitagawa Keiko Kitagawa Izumi Kuramoto / Shizuko
No photo available Yoshikuni Dohchin
Mitsuru Fukikoshi Mitsuru Fukikoshi
No photo available Mutsutoshi Furuhata
Yuta Hiraoka Yuta Hiraoka
No photo available Fumio Ito
masaya-kikawada Masaya Kikawada
Toru Masuoka Toru Masuoka
No photo available Naoya Matsunaga
No photo available Tomofumi Okumura
Mizuho Suzuki Mizuho Suzuki
taku-suzuki Taku Suzuki
Taiga Taiga
No photo available Kimito Totani
No photo available Yukinobu Yamada
Eisaku Yoshida Eisaku Yoshida
honoka-asada Honoka Asada


  • Trailer (Japanese)

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