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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
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 ...
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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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L'an mil neuf cens nonante neuf sept mois, / Du ciel viendra un grand Roy d'effrayeur, / Resusciter le grand Roy d'Angolmois, / Avant apres, Mars regner par bon heur. See more »

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The Last Days of Planet Earth  »

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The film was never given an official home video release in Eastern Europe (primarily Ukraine and Russia), due to the protests of Chernobyl survivors. See more »

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Dr. Nishiyama: [after the war, a barren Earth] Even if all human life is destroyed, the Earth will remain. Time will pass over our ruined lands... Little will change for centuries...
[pans across a flattened and devastated Japan]
Dr. Nishiyama: Boso Peninsula... Kuju Park... Chiba... Kanto Plain... Tokyo Bay... where Tokyo once was...
Narrator: [the camera pans among the cracked wasteland of Tokyo] The splendor of many beautiful maidens... Never again will they be so bright... The flesh will be peeled back from the bone... And strange ...
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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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Followed by Nosutoradamusu: Sen ritsu no keiji (1994) See more »

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Two versions yielding two different movies
12 September 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I would like to add my voice to those pointing out the contrast between the original long Japanese version and the shortened American version. It is not just a question of length. They are two different movies.

The Japanese version is balanced, thoughtful (believe it or not) and even has some subtle moments. It also leaves room for hope. There is something working in this that is very much lacking in the gargantuan excesses, overcharged adrenalin and endless CGraphics of recent Hollywood disaster indulgences.

The American version teeters between silliness and extreme depression. The dated effects and miniatures might turn you away but if you accept those and watch it through, it hammers away with hopeless imagery. As stark and as semi-cartoonish as the images might be, they are clearly recognizable as being rooted in aspects of the real world or its possibilities. If one is looking for a film to motivate a suicide pact to finally be put into action, this is it.


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