The Last War (1961 film)
|The Last War|
|Directed by||Shūe Matsubayashi|
|Produced by||Tomoyuki Tanaka
|Written by||Takeshi Kimura
|Music by||Ikuma Dan|
|Edited by||Koichi Iwashita|
|Distributed by||Toho (Japan)
Medallion Pictures (USA)
|August 10, 1961 (Japan)
January 8, 1967 (U.S.)
79 min. (USA)
The Last War, known in Japan as Sekai Daisensō (世界大戦争 lit. "Great World War"?), is a tokusatsu film produced and released by Toho Studios in 1961. Its special effects were created by Eiji Tsuburaya who is also known for working on Godzilla and Ultraman.
The film is not to be confused with the 1960 Toei film The Final War, which told the story of a nuclear accident over North Korea that starts war with Japan caught as an innocent victim. The said film is also known as World War III Breaks Out.
Japanese merchantman Takano arrives back home with his crew after a long cruise and has a flashback.
Several months before, he returns to Japan to propose to his girlfriend, Saeko Tamura, and ask for her father's blessing. Her own family continues to live life in relative peace and quiet. Despite reservations, the couple get married and spend one night in Yokohama before Takano ships out.
Meanwhile, tensions between the Federation and the Alliance (fictional stand-ins for the US and NATO against the USSR/Warsaw Pact, respectively) build up, especially after an intelligence-gathering vessel is captured. A new Korean War breaks out across the 38th parallel, but is quickly stopped. Although Japan calls on both sides to seek peace, government officials think that the country could be ripe for Alliance retaliation in light of its open support for the Federation. Dogfights between Federation and Alliance fighters over the Arctic (with both sides using nuclear-tipped air-to-air missiles) are just the beginning of a renewed conflict. The Alliance tips the scales by launching ICBMs on Japan and the West, with several cities totally destroyed. The Federation responds with their own nuclear strikes
As Takano's ship arrives at the remains of a decimated Tokyo, a children's song plays in the background.
- Frankie Sakai
- Akira Takarada - Takano
- Yuriko Hoshi
- Nobuko Otowa
- Yumi Shirakawa
- Chishū Ryū
- Jerry Ito
- Eijirō Tōno
- So Yamamura - Prime Minister
- Ken Uehara -
- Seizaburo Kawazu
- Nobuo Nakamura
- Ragone, August (2007, 2014) Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books. ISBN 978-0-8118-6078-9.
- "THE FINAL WAR (1960) [not "GODZILLA: FINAL WARS"] in Japanese Giants Forum". Monsterkidclassichorrorforum.yuku.com. 1968-10-05. Retrieved 2012-09-07.
- The Last War at the Internet Movie Database
- Bogue, Michael. (2002). The Last War
- "世界大戦争 (Sekai daisenso)" (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-07-16.
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