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Nosutoradamusu no daiyogen (1974)

Professor Nishiyama, after studying and interpreting the prophecies of Nostradamus, realizes that the end of the world is at hand. Unfortunately, nobody listens to him until it is too late.... See full summary »

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Dr. Nishiyama (as Tetsurô Tanba)
Toshio Kurosawa ...
Akira Nakagawa
Kaoru Yumi ...
Mariko Nishiyama
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Nobuo Nishiyama
Katsuhiko Sasaki ...
Yoshihama - Assistant to Nishiyama
Akihiko Hirata ...
Environmental Scientist 1
Hiroshi Koizumi ...
Environmental Scientist 2
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Pediatrician
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Prime Minister Kuroki
Tappei Shimokawa ...
Captain of Defense Forces
Mizuho Suzuki ...
Director General of Environment Agency
Katsu Ryûzaki
Kazuo Katô ...
The Scholar
Taketoshi Naitô ...
Chief Cabinet Secretary
Jun Hamamura ...
Kida
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Professor Nishiyama, after studying and interpreting the prophecies of Nostradamus, realizes that the end of the world is at hand. Unfortunately, nobody listens to him until it is too late. As the effects of mankind's tampering of the earth - radioactive smog clouds, hideously mutated animals, destruction of the ozone layer - rage out of control, the world leaders hurtle blindly toward the final confrontation. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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In 1999 all the human beings will be dead. We have only 25 years of great fear remaining. This motion picture is the incredible fruit of the most advanced scientific mind and limitless imagination. [English translation of Japanese tagline.] See more »

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13 July 1979 (USA)  »

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The Last Days of Planet Earth  »

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During the film's initial release, scenes (including the notorious climactic mutant scene and the cannibal attack in New Huinea) received hard criticism, so Toho ended up selling a cut version to overseas markets. The film showed up once on Japanese TV in early 1980 before being pulled from circulation altogether. Toho also tried to release the film to VHS and laserdisc in the late 1980s, but the release was canceled (although an employee released a print to the black market.) The film is not banned, as is often reported - Toho simply appears to be afraid of releasing it in Japan because of the offensive nature of several key scenes. Apparently the film is for sale to U.S. distributors for DVD release. It seems unlikely that a U.S. DVD, if produced, will include the original 114 minute Japanese cut. See more »

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Narrator: Century 10, Prophecy 98. The splendor of many beautiful maidens... never again will they be so bright.
[repeated as the young couples commit ritual suicide by driving off cliffs]
Narrator: The splendor of many beautiful maidens... never again will they be so bright.
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Closing title card reads: The story you have just seen was a work of fiction. The events it portrayed, however, may take place in our world. It's up to you to take action to ensure the these events do not come to pass... See more »

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Referenced in Independence Day (1996) See more »

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Not nearly as bad as most people think
18 July 2001 | by (Saint Clair, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

I think the main reason a lot of folks look at Last Days of Planet Earth as a bad movie is that it really is a "message" picture...and a Japanese message picture at that. Message pictures really don't hold up well outside the era they were filmed in.

The early seventies were filled with doom & gloom films like this...look at Toho's own Godzilla Vs. the Smog Monster. This movie is wreathed in the prophecies of Nostradamus as well, so you can fit a whole lot of "message" in.

The film has a lot of good shots and some good SFX (the reflected city and the final apocalyptic scene are both well executed), but the US dialogue track makes the whole thing sound pretty lame. I'd love to see a subtitled version of it to see what the picture really was supposed to be about.


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