Tidal Wave (1973 film)
|Directed by||Shiro Moritani|
|Screenplay by||Shinobu Hashimoto|
|Based on||the novel|
by Sakyo Komatsu
|Music by||Masaru Sato|
|Edited by||Michiko Ikeda|
|Box office||$7 million (Japan)|
Tidal Wave (日本沈没 Nihon Chinbotsu, lit. "Submersion of Japan") is a 1973 film directed by Shiro Moritani. It is based on the novel Japan Sinks by Sakyo Komatsu. The film stars Keiju Kobayashi, Hiroshi Fujioka and Ayumi Ishida.
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 of Japan under the sea.
- Keiju Kobayashi as Dr. Tadokoro
- Hiroshi Fujioka as Onodera Toshio
- Ayumi Ishida as Abe Reiko
- Rhonda Leigh Hopkins as Fran
- Lorne Greene as Ambassador Warren Richards (U.S. release only)
- Tetsuro Tamba as Prime Minister Yamamoto
- Shogo Shimada as Watari
- John Fujioka as Narita
- Andrew Hughes as Australian Prime Minister
- Nobuo Nakamura as Japanese Ambassador
- Haruo Nakajima as Prime Minister's Chauffeur
- Hideaki Nitani as Dr. Nakata
- Isao Natsuyagi as Yuki
- Yusuke Takita as Assistant Professor Yukinaga
Tidal Wave was released in Japan on 29 December 1973 where it was distributed by Toho. The film was the highest grossing film in Japan in 1973 and 1974. The film grossed more than twice of the second-highest grossing film of the year, Human Revolution.
American release poster
|Directed by||Andrew Meyer|
|Produced by||Max E. Youngstein|
|Distributed by||New World Pictures|
|Box office||$3.5 million (U.S.)|
Roger Corman bought the U.S. rights to the film for his New World Pictures. He cut out a great deal of footage, added new sequences directed by Andrew Meyer and starring Lorne Greene as an ambassador at the United Nations, and released it as Tidal Wave in May 1975. The film was a big success at the U.S. box office.
The American version of the film's new cast members also included Rhonda Leigh Hopkins, John Fukioka, Marvin Miller, Susan Sennett, Ralph James, Phil Roth, Cliff Pellow, and Joe Dante. New World additionally released an uncut subtitled format as Submersion of Japan.