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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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Good, rare film
18 April 2004 | by (Wooster,OH) – See all my reviews

Having heard about this film, I was very eager to see it. However, I wasnt sure where I could find it.However, I got lucky and found it at a flea market for 3 bucks. What a bargain! Although not on the same level as "Earthquake"(1974) or the other Japanese disaster movie "Virus"(1980), the film moves along very nicely, creating and keeping tension throughout. Deathquake features some really well done special effects. Even though some of the effects are pretty campy(like the guy falling into the crack in the ground and having blood GUSH out his mouth when the crack closes back up) and even though some are obviously models, the effects are very exciting and visually pleasing. Overall, this film gets 9/10. I took off one for the dubbing, which isnt very good and hurts the movie sometimes. If you can find this rare film, I recommend you take a look at it.

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