CuriosityStream, a leading independent global factual media company, today announced the March 9, 2020 world premiere of Unsinkable: Japan’s Lost Battleship, from the award-winning team at Vulcan Productions. The hour-long film highlights the incredible 8-year adventure led by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen to locate the final resting place of the super battleship, the IJN Musashi.
In 1944, with the outcome of World War II at stake, Japan was counting on a secret weapon the Americans knew nothing about. At 72 thousand tons, the Musashi was the largest and most powerful battleship ever built, touted by the Japanese as unsinkable. But in her first major fight – the historic Battle of Leyte Gulf – the massive ship went down.
Decades after her sinking, Allen’s research team set out to find her remains, scouring historical records from four countries and creating the most detailed undersea topographical map of the Sibuyan Sea in the process. An unmanned undersea vessel launched from his high-tech mega-yacht ultimately found the Musashi’s watery grave more than a mile and half beneath the ocean’s surface.
“This is the incredible story of a passionate team of explorers, using cutting edge equipment and the latest technology, to solve a mystery that had eluded historians for decades,” said Rob Burk, Head of Content for CuriosityStream. “I am thrilled CuriosityStream viewers get to witness first-hand the time, energy, and years of painstaking research it took to uncover the Musashi.”
Allen, who died in 2018, was the son of a World War II veteran, with a passion for history as well as innovation and exploration.
“We are proud to bring the history and re-discovery of the Musashi to life for CuriosityStream viewers,” said Ruth Johnston, General Manager for Vulcan Productions. “Unsinkable’s combination of a real-life science mystery with dramatic historic events makes for compelling viewing. As we mark the 75th Anniversary of the end of the second World War, it’s so important to us that we continue to commemorate those who lost their lives.”
Unsinkable: Japan’s Lost Battleship, available to watch now, is the first of several titles coming to CuriosityStream in 2020 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.
Unsinkable: Japan’s Lost Battleship is a production for CuriosityStream from Vulcan Productions, Lone Wolf Media, and NHK. Executive Producers for Vulcan Productions are Paul G. Allen, Carole Tomko, Ruth Johnston, and Rocky Collins. Executive Producer for Lone Wolf Media is Kirk Wolfinger. Executive Producers for NHK are Takuomi Matsumoto and Keiichi Bo. Head of Content for CuriosityStream is Rob Burk.