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I saw the original one in cinema when it first came out in 1980 in Japan.
Great adaptation of an original novel by Sakyo Komatsu. It was an epic of
more than two hours, which shook my youthful soul with the power of love.
I was flabbergasted by how this epic was mutilated when I saw it again in video in USA. The one you can see in USA has no resemblance to the original version, where, I recall, much longer portion of the film was spent describing "the walk". Also all the episodes in Japan were omitted, so most of the Japanese characters in Antarctica made no sense. In a nutshell, the "American" version only talks about American people, so there is really only half the story left in the film. If you can get the original version, it is a very emotional film, 8/10. The "American" version is not worth anything, 4/10.
I have always loved this movie since I first saw it in the eighties but have been stuck with the shorter (105 or 115 minute)American versions. I finally found a full, 156 minute, version last year and it really makes a difference. As is the case with most Japanese movies edited for America, from Gojira to the present, they have a tendency to take out the poignant parts and edit so that some of the original plot points are completely lost. Here you gain more scenes at the Japanese base camp with them dealing with the loss of their families back home and a really powerful scene when they contact a young American boy by short-wave that has lost his parents. There are also more scenery-chewing scenes with some of the leads, especially with Henry Silva going way over the top. If you like the movie, this version is definitely worth looking for.
Having read all the bad reviews this movie has received because of its poor videoquality and editing, I nonetheless bought it yesterday on DVD from a local store in Oslo. I just simply had to buy it in spite of the numerous warnings.
The reason is that I'm a huge fan of similar movies like The Andromeda Strain, The Satan Bug and the Cassandra Crossing which are all great.
Regarding the movie itself I was pleasantly surprised. It has good acting, good story and decent production values to boot. All the necessary ingredients for making a compelling movie.
Sadly this is ruined by an almost unviewable videoprint. It seems to me that the DVD-edition I bought used an old VHS videoprint as the source. The sound is equally bad.
Finally, some of the shorter prints of the film is plagued by abruptness. The version I acquired runs approx. 108 minutes. You get the feeling you've missed out on something. Nearing the end of the film one of the main characters returns from Washinghton to Antarctica. But we get no explanation as to how he made the journey. Which off course is a prudent question to ask, since in between his departure and arrival, a nuclear holocaust has transpired and several years have passed.
The longest version runs approx. 150 minutes. Hopefully I'll someday get my hands on that copy. And I urge everyone else to stay clear of the shorter prints and aim for the full 150 minute version instead.
Kind regards, Chris
I played a Russian army officer. I remember the director chewing me out
in Japanese and with animated gestures, because I was not standing with
as rigid and military a posture as was expected of an army officer. I
was on set with many of the lead actors: Chuck Connors, well past his
"Rifleman" days, quipped between takes: "Not bad for fourteen grand a
day." Bo Svenson: He carried a whoopie cushion and sidled up to people,
making fart sounds, which he thought was hilarious. He also took a lot
of pride in showing us his underwater demolition license. George
Kennedy: Self-absorbed, sullen and forbidding, spoke with no one. Those
three were all really big, tall men. Edward J. Olmos: Nice guy,
friendly, engaging. Cec LInder: Liked to play poker between scenes. A
very elegant gentleman, exuded mentshlekhkayt. Olivia Hussey: Stayed in
her dressing room most of the time, listening to Bob Dylan on a
cassette-player. One time, she made her way to the set to watch a scene
being filmed and said "hello." She was a breathtakingly beautiful
woman, famous for being in Zefirelli's "Romeo and Juliet."
This, I'll never forget ( and no disrespect intended): Local Toronto actor Ara Hovanessian was cast in a small part. He had a dressing room with his name written on a piece of paper tacked to the door. Figuring it would be a positive career move -???- he tore off the "essian," and re-named himself there and then. I can still that crudely ripped piece of paper in my mind. Ah, show-business . . .
Wolf Krakowski Kame'a Media: www.kamea.com
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.
Like others have said, most copies are incomplete, and a bit
The one I got from Amazon a couple years ago is missing many scenes. Most importantly the last one (referred to in the opening, so that it no longer makes any sense).
To make it worse, the sound is like an 8 track in a noisy 68 Pontiac!
The original is one of my favorite movies. Well done, good story, wish I could find it!
Excellent movie! I was fortunate enough to have seen this one of a kind
film twice when it was shown in a Japanese TV station a year ago. I
didn't seem to care at first because it was in Japanese and I don't
understand it, but somehow I didn't turn the channel cause the film
suddenly showed me these actors like Robert Vaughn in the White House.
It seemed peculiar, and the movie looked very apocalyptic, like
something really awful is going to happen. Riots and people suddenly
This movie is awesome, one of a kind, artistic, just so in many great ways to describe it. Be warned though the UK version of Fukkatso No Hi aka Virus, aka Day of Resurrection, aka The End, is cut severely to meet western standards so avoid that version. Japanese version is the best. This movie is amazing, nothing like it.
Hi, I have just ordered the DVD from CD Japan, here is the link;
http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=KABD-149 it is a 2 disc
set with remastered audio. it isn't available through amazon which is
why i have made this post.
Great movie and must have in the original format. I was looking for the DVD for ages and finally found it. A bit steep in price but was in a great packaged DVD box. region 2. English soundtrack (some scenes contain the Japanese additions which in my opinion add to the story and makes it less 'choppy')
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Unquestionably the end-of-the-world as beget by a lethal, unstoppably
infectious man-made disease cataclysmic sci-fi thriller to end 'em all,
an unmitigated take-no-prisoners-and-don't-pull-any-punches corker
which at the time was the single most costly (a hefty $17 million),
audacious and prodigiously ambitious
shoot-the-fireworks-straight-to-the-moon-and-back film production made
in Japanese motion picture history, a grand scale endeavor which took
two whole years and the participation of five entire continents to get
made. Naturally, and somewhat ironically considering the all-star
international name cast, this hell-broke-for-humanity merciless
skull-popper received short shift in the United States, forgoing a
theatrical run for the undeserved direct to cable and video route. To
make matters worse, this two and a half hour epic was badly butchered
by American distributors, who cut roughly 45 minutes out of the film.
A plane crash in the Alps gets the grimly serious plot ball rolling with an electrifying bang, unleashing the East German conceived MM-88 virus, a highly dangerous, contagious and impossible to curtail mutant DNA strain designed for chemical warfare purposes which both mimics the symptoms and exacerbates the severity of other more common and controllable sicknesses. Pretty soon all of 863 people are left of the world's once teeming, now quickly dwindling population, specifically 855 males and just eight females. It's up to this barely hanging on by a thin, flimsy, easily breakable thread bunch, who are valiantly eking out a tough, exacting, human spirit-testing existence in the freezing Artic because the virus can't take effect in 10 below chilling cold weather, to put things back together by starting afresh from the ground up. Alas, there's still a dire threat to be found from a fully operative doomsday device activated by a hawkish US general (ripely overplayed to the fire-breathing hilt by Henry Silva), which will be set off by an impending earthquake and destroy the few remnants of human life on this planet in an infernal blaze of nuclear holocaust glory unless it's shut off in time.
Director Kinji Fukasaku, who also graced us with "The Green Slime," "Message from Space," and both "Battle Royale" films, builds on the heart-crushingly grave, uncompromisingly dark and downbeat tone with terrifyingly effective results, skillfully creating and sustaining a fiercely dour, distressing and disturbing all-hope-is-lost sensibility that's equally fatalistic and nihilistic in its depressing implications on mankind's self-destructive warmonger nature and desperate desire to keep on going in the absolute worst of situations. Sundry secondary characters are randomly dispatched like so many dominoes that have been lined up just so they can be knocked down (the little boy who commits suicide over a CB radio when he can't find anyone to talk to is an especially devastating sequence), hospitals overflow with dying patients, martial law gets declared all over the world, decomposing corpses litter the streets, and the few triumphs made by the struggling against savagely punishing odds ragtag group of folks who are still alive and kicking are very bittersweet hard-won victories indeed. The performances are uniformly superlative: Glenn Ford as the stalwart, pragmatic president, Robert Vaughn as a regretful senator, Chuck Connors as a steely, intrepid British naval submarine captain, Olivia Hussey as a resilient pregnant woman, Sonny Chiba as a South Pole base commander, Bo Svenson and Masao Kusakari as a dynamic pair of mighty fighting men who go into action to prevent a second catastrophe, Cecil Linder as a diligent doctor, Edward James Olmos as a hot-tempered Latino country leader, and George Kennedy as the fatherly admiral in charge of the Artic base all essay their roles with laudable conviction. Teo Macero's gorgeously elegiac orchestral score, Daisaku Kimura's agile, crystalline cinematography (the sweeping panoramic shots of the wintry, desolate, godforsaken Artic terrain are breathtaking), and a hauntingly bummed-out ending further enhance this hard-hitting knockout.
I was so impressed by this movie that I hunted for it on IMDB to place a comment. It boasts a stellar American cast in a delightfully international story. Rather than spoil it for a new viewer, I offer these two items of advice: 1) don't be put off by the occasionally over-the-top acting and 2) read ALL the credits at the end.
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