Tidal Wave (1973 film)

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Tidal Wave
Submersion of japan poster.png
Directed by Shiro Moritani
Produced by
Screenplay by Shinobu Hashimoto[1]
Based on the novel
by Sakyo Komatsu
Music by Masaru Sato[1]
Edited by Michiko Ikeda[1]
Distributed by Toho
Release date
  • 29 December 1973 (1973-12-29) (Japan)
Running time
143 minutes[2]
Country Japan
Budget $3 million[2]
Box office $7 million (Japan)[3]

Tidal Wave (日本沈没?, Nihon Chinbotsu, lit. Submersion of Japan) is a 1973 film directed by Shiro Moritani.[1] It is based on a novel Japan Sinks by Sakyo Komatsu.[1] 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.



Tidal Wave was released in Japan on 29 December 1973 where it was distributed by Toho.[2] The film was the highest grossing film in 1973 and 1974 in Japan.[2] The film grossed more than twice of the second-highest grossing film of the year Human Revolution.[2]

American version[edit]

Tidal Wave
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American release poster
Directed by Andrew Meyer
Produced by Max E. Youngstein
Cinematography Eric Saarinen
Distributed by New World Pictures
Release date
May 1975
Running time
90 minutes
Box office $3.5 million (U.S.)[3]

The American version of the film was released as Tidal Wave, released by New World Pictures with an English-language dub.[2] The film included new scenes and new cast members including Lorne Greene, Rhonda Leigh Hopkins, John Fukioka, Marvin Miller, Susan Sennett, Ralph James, Phil Roth, Cliff Pellow, and Joe Dante.[2] It was released in May 1975.[2] New World also released an uncut subtitled format as Submersion of Japan.[2]

Roger Corman bought the U.S. 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 U.S. box office.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Galbraith IV 2008, p. 293.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Galbraith IV 2008, p. 294.
  3. ^ 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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