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Deathquake (1980)

Jishin rettô (original title)
A large earthquake hits Tokyo, which was predicted by a seismologist but was ignored.





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Credited cast:
Hiroshi Katsuno ...
Yoichi Kawazu
Toshiyuki Nagashima
Yumi Takigawa
Kayo Matsuo
Hideji Ôtaki
Norihei Miki
Tsutomu Yamazaki ...
Director General of Meteorological Agency
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ted Fisher
Daigo Kusano ...
Angry man in flooded underground train
Narrator (voice)
Yôji Matsuda
Francis Smith


Seizmologist Hoichi loses touch with his family when he predicts that there will be an earthquake in Tokyo of greater magnitude than the one in 1923, which his father predicted. Because of this he starts seeing another woman, who already has a boyfriend. Hoichi's wife wants to meet her before she will grant a divorce. Eventually, the earthquake he predicted does come, which changes all relationships and exemplifies the character of the Japanese. Written by Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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This Is the Big One.


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5 February 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Earthquake 7.9  »

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Oh No, not another earthquake!
4 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

How many disaster movies can there be before we get tired of them. Come on, we can see them on the Discovery channel all day long.

I agree with the comment that the first part of this movie is just a soap opera. The Great Predictor's grandson makes a prediction and everybody starts moaning about how he is ruining the family name. The evil mother-in-law convinces the wife to throw him out into the arms of his mistress, whom she wants to meet. Can you believe that? The wife wants to approve the new wife! At the same time the mistress' has someone in love with her that doesn't have a wife, but she sends him packing.

Now, that the soap opera is over, the earthquake appears.

The special effects are really good, but the dubbing is bad. That is why I like subtitled films. The actors are all very experienced and have won many awards, so you will get to see some of Japan's best in an oft-repeated story.

But, the soap-opera story returns with a kitchy ending.

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