Day of Resurrection (1980)
"Fukkatsu no hi" (original title)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Horror  |  26 June 1980 (Japan)
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A military-engineered virus, released during a plane crash, kills the entire human population. The only survivors are scientists in Antarctica, who desperately try to find a cure and save ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Masao Kusakari ...
Dr. Shûzô Yoshizumi
Tsunehiko Watase ...
Yasuo Tatsuno
Cmdr. Nakanishi (as Isao Natsuki)
Dr. Yamauchi (as Sonny Chiba)
Kensaku Morita ...
Ryûji Sanazawa
Toshiyuki Nagashima ...
Akimasa Matsuo
Haruki Kadokawa ...
Team Member - Showa Station
Tadashi Takatsuki ...
Team Member - Showa Station (as Chû Takatsuki)
Takeshige Hatanaka ...
Team Member - Showa Station
Chikara Gonoue ...
Team Member - Showa Station (as Riki Gonoue)
Eiji Yuki ...
Team Member - Showa Station
Adm. Conway
Maj. Carter
Stephanie Faulkner ...
Sarah Baker
Secretary - Palmer Station


A military-engineered virus, released during a plane crash, kills the entire human population. The only survivors are scientists in Antarctica, who desperately try to find a cure and save what is left of the planet from further destruction. Written by P. Straatsma

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A story of survival and resurrection. See more »


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Release Date:

26 June 1980 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Day of Resurrection  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Interior shots for the two submarines were filmed aboard the Canadian submarine HMCS Okanagan. One of her officers also has a small role in the film. See more »


The chamber where the ARS is located is reached by Yoshizumi and Carter simply blowing two doors open with plastique and climbing down an elevator shaft. A chamber containing a doomsday device probably contains more elaborate security features, such as blast doors. See more »


Colonel Rankin: At the moment, we don't have a credible deterent in the United States arsenal.
Dr. Ed Meyer: At the moment, we are capable not only of reducing each other to rubble, but of reducing the rubble to rubble!
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Crazy Credits

The Japanese version mixes English and Japanese writing during the opening credit sequence. The English-speaking actors' names are in English and the Japanese cast and crew members' names are in Japanese. See more »


References Earthquake (1974) See more »


You Are Love (Toujours Gai Mon Cher)
Music by Teo Macero
Lyrics by Janis Ian
Performed by Janis Ian
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Cold War enemies have to team up to survive.
27 April 2000 | by (Newport Beach, California USA) – See all my reviews

It was 17 years ago (1983) that I watched this movie as a new release in Guadalajara, Mexico. I was 15 years old and I still remember it well. That is how much it moved me.

What if a man made military virus killed off the world except for the coldest place on Mother Earth? What if (at the height of the Cold War) Cold War enemies had to team up to survive? What if the few hundred men and women left in the world had to procreate mankind? Further (and what makes me remember this movie), how do they handle a new threat to their lives?

I strongly recommend this movie.

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