Nihon Chinbotsu (1973 film)
Film poster using American title for the film
|Directed by||Shiro Moritani|
|Written by||Shinobu Hashimoto
Sakyo Komatsu (novel)
|Music by||Masaru Sato|
|Edited by||Michiko Ikeda|
|Distributed by||Toho (Japan)
New World Pictures (US)
|December 29, 1973|
|Box office||$7 million (Japan)|
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.
- Keiju Kobayashi - Dr. Tadokoro
- Hiroshi Fujioka - Onodera Toshio
- Ayumi Ishida - Abe Reiko
- Rhonda Leigh Hopkins - Fran
- Lorne Greene - Ambassador Warren Richards
- Tetsuro Tamba - Prime Minister Yamamoto
- Shogo Shimada - Watari
- John Fujioka - Narita
- Andrew Hughes - Australian Prime Minister
- Nobuo Nakamura - Japanese Ambassador
- Haruo Nakajima - Prime Minister's Chauffeur
- Hideaki Nitani - Dr.Nakata
- Isao Natsuyagi - Yuuki
- Yusuke Takita - Assistant Professor Yukinaga
|Directed by||Andrew Meyer|
|Distributed by||New World Pictures (US)|
|Box office||$3.5 million (US)|
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.
- Christopher T Koetting, Mind Warp!: The Fantastic True Story of Roger Corman's New World Pictures, Hemlock Books. 2009 p 80-83