ⓘ Tidal Wave (1973 film)


ⓘ Tidal Wave (1973 film)

Tidal Wave 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.


1. Synopsis

Volcanic eruptions and earthquakes shake Japan. Wildfires burn thousands of square miles of Forest and cities. 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.


2. Cast

  • John Fujioka as Narita
  • Isao Natsuyagi as Yuki
  • Hiroshi Fujioka as Onodera Toshio
  • Lorne Greene as Ambassador Warren Richards U.S. release only
  • Haruo Nakajima as Prime Ministers Chauffeur
  • Yusuke Takita as Assistant Professor Yukinaga
  • Ayumi Ishida as Abe Reiko
  • Rhonda Leigh Hopkins as Fran
  • Tetsuro Tamba as Prime Minister Yamamoto
  • Shogo Shimada as Watari
  • Keiju Kobayashi as Dr. Tadokoro
  • Hideaki Nitani as Dr. Nakata
  • Nobuo Nakamura as Japanese Ambassador
  • Andrew Hughes as Australian Prime Minister

3. Release

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.


4. American version

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 films 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.