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The Man Who Stole the Sun (1979)
"Taiyô wo nusunda otoko" (original title)

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A misfit high-school science teacher decides to build his own atomic bomb. He steals isotopes from a nuclear reactor and manages to create two warheads, but at the same time is present at a... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Bunta Sugawara ...
Inspector Yamashita
Kenji Sawada ...
Makoto Kido
Kimiko Ikegami ...
Zero Sawai
Kazuo Kitamura ...
Tanaka, the director of the National Police Agency
Shigeru Kôyama ...
Nakayama
Kei Satô ...
Dr. Ichikawa
Yûnosuke Itô ...
Bus Hijacker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eimei Esumi ...
Egawa
Hiroshi Gojo ...
Identikit Officer
Tatsuya Hamaguchi
Hajime Hoshi
Junichi Hosokawa
Akinobu Imamura
Yukiko Inoue
Yûdai Ishiyama ...
Detective Ishikawa
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A misfit high-school science teacher decides to build his own atomic bomb. He steals isotopes from a nuclear reactor and manages to create two warheads, but at the same time is present at a botched school-bus hijacking and is publicly coronated as a hero. Nevertheless, he uses the bombs to extort the police, first by demanding that baseball games be shown without commercial interruptions and then by having the Rolling Stones play in Japan despite their drug bust. Soon it's a race to see what wins first: the determined cop who's after him, the bomb he's carrying, or a burgeoning case of radiation poisoning... Written by Serdar Yegulalp

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At one point when Kenji Sawada is fending off the nuclear plant workers, the sound effects are taken from the video game Supêsu Inbêdâ (1978) which was enjoying massive success in Japan at the time of the movie's release. The movie begins and ends with exactly the same sound: a ticking clock, and then an explosion. See more »

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[Phoning in a bomb threat]
Makoto Kido: I'm going to return what I stole -- although I'm going to return in a slightly different form.
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great film !!
3 April 2001 | by (Osaka,Japan) – See all my reviews

Kazuhiko Hasegawa is a great film director.

Though I have been an enthusiastic fan of Kazuhiko Hasegawa's, in the beginning I've had no connection with him, and moreover, I am an ordinary office worker. One day I heard a sad news, "Kubrick is dead", which made me decide to establish Kazuhiko-Hasegawa's website. That's because I believe it is only Hasegawa that can make films like Kubrick's works. After a while, I got a connection with him through the cyberspace, and exchanged opinions each other with e-mails, which we called "e-sessions". One day I suddenly received his phone call. He just said to me, "I want to begin my project on your site"........ Thus I have built up the website to let people submit their scenarios for his new film.


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