Nihon Chinbotsu (1973 film)

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Nihon Chinbotsu
Nihon Chinbotsu (1973 film).jpg
Film poster using American title for the film
Directed by Shiro Moritani
Written by Shinobu Hashimoto
Sakyo Komatsu (novel)
Starring Keiju Kobayashi
Hiroshi Fujioka
Ayumi Ishida
Music by Masaru Sato
Cinematography Daisaku Kimura
Hiroshi Murai
Edited by Michiko Ikeda
Distributed by Toho (Japan)
New World Pictures (US)
Release dates
December 29, 1973 (1973-12-29)
Running time
143 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office $7 million (Japan)[1]

Nihon Chinbotsu (日本沈没?, literally "Japan Sinks" or "Submersion of Japan"; English release: Tidal Wave) is a 1973 film directed by Shiro Moritani. It is based on the novel Japan Sinks by Sakyo Komatsu, published the same year. The film stars Lorne Greene, Keiju Kobayashi, Hiroshi Fujioka and Ayumi Ishida. A remake was released in 2006, Nihon Chinbotsu, loosely based on a second section of this series.

The movie caused a sensation in Japan and paved the way for later "panic" features. Komatsu, the author of the novel, made a cameo in the beginning scenes of the movie.


Volcanic eruptions and earthquakes shake Japan. Firestorms burn beautiful Japanese cities to the ground. A weather survey group discovers that the Japanese Archipelago is moving towards the Japanese Trench, which if left to continue on its collision course, would bring the whole island of Japan under the sea.


Tidal Wave[edit]

Tidal Wave
Directed by Andrew Meyer
Starring Lorne Greene
Distributed by New World Pictures (US)
Release dates
May 1975
Running time
82 minutes
Box office $3.5 million (US)[1]

Roger Corman bought the US rights to the film for his New World Pictures. He cut out a great deal of footage and added new sequences directed by Andrew Meyer starring Lorne Greene as an ambassador at the United Nations. The film was a big success at the US box office.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Christopher T Koetting, Mind Warp!: The Fantastic True Story of Roger Corman's New World Pictures, Hemlock Books. 2009 p 80-83

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