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Tidal Wave (1973)

Nippon chinbotsu (original title)
PG | | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama | May 1975 (USA)
Racked by earthquakes and volcanos, Japan is slowly sinking into the sea. A race against time and tide begins as Americans and Japanese work together to salvage some fraction of the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ambassador Warren Richards
Keiju Kobayashi ...
Dr. Tadokoro (D-1 Project Leader)
Rhonda Leigh Hopkins ...
Fran
Hiroshi Fujioka ...
Onodera Toshio (Submarine Wadatsumi Pilot)
Tetsurô Tanba ...
Prime Minister Yamamoto
Ayumi Ishida ...
Abe Reiko
Shôgo Shimada ...
Watari (Political Fixer)
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Narita
Andrew Hughes ...
Australian Prime Minister
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Japanese Ambassador to Australia
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Prime Minister's Chauffeur
Takeshi Yamamoto
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(US version)
Susan Sennett ...
(US version)
Hideaki Nitani ...
Dr.Nakata (Cognitive Science D-2 Project Leader)
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Racked by earthquakes and volcanos, Japan is slowly sinking into the sea. A race against time and tide begins as Americans and Japanese work together to salvage some fraction of the disappearing Japan. Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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Thriller | Sci-Fi | Drama

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May 1975 (USA)  »

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(extended print)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Do Not Confuse the Full Version With the Awful Tidal Wave
20 March 2004 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

In the wake of the disaster cycle of the 1970's Roger Corman imported this film about the destruction of Japan, hacked out about 90 minutes, added Lorne Greene and dumped it on an easily fooled American public. How would Gone with the Wind survive with over three fifths of it cut away?

If you should be lucky enough to see the full Japanese cut of this film you will be treated not only to a spectacular disaster film, the disaster sequences being what Corman primarily pillaged, but one that raises many interesting social questions, if you know a country is ceasing to exist, what do you do with the population? What happens when one of the world's financial powers ceases to exist? How does the world view the Japanese, or any country for that matter? The social questions are shoe horned in to the drama of people not only trying to survive the destruction but also find a place to go.

The full two hour and thirty minute version is one of the best big budget disaster films ever made. Actually its much better than that, its simply one of the best films I've run across. Certainly its infinitely better than the film that runs half its length and is its bastard child.

See the full version and avoid Tidal Wave.


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