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Leonard Schrader (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
9 October 1980 (USA) See more »
A high school science teacher builds an atomic bomb and uses it to extort the nation, but cannot decide what he wants. Meanwhile, a determined cop is catching up to him, as is radiation poisoning. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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8 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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great film !! See more (12 total) »


  (in credits order)
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 Gojô ... Identikit Officer
Tatsuya Hamaguchi
Hajime Hoshi
Junichi Hosokawa
Akinobu Imamura
Yukiko Inoue
Yûdai Ishiyama ... Detective Ishikawa
Kazuhiro Iwamoto
Rika Kayama ... Student
Morio Kazama ... Asai
Hôsei Komatsu ... Loan Officer
Toshizô Kudô

Kiyoshi Kurosawa ... Suspect on tv news
Kôjirô Kusanagi ... Technician of Phone Company
Yasuyoshi Masuda
Ken Mizoguchi
Yutaka Mizutani ... Police Officer
Midori Mori
Tatsuya Mori
Yôji Mori
Satoru Nabe
Masaharu Nagai
Toshiyuki Nishida ... Loan Collector
Daisuke Odera
Takayuki Ohira
Tomokazu Sakamoto
Ryôichi Satô
Jôji Sawada
Yûji Shikamata
Saburô Shôji ... Detective Mizushima
Nanako Takahashi
Isao Takanami
Chiaki Takayama ... Apartment Manager
Eigo Taniguchi
Kyôko Togawa ... Student
Masao Ueda
Michiyo Yamazoe ... Student

Directed by
Kazuhiko Hasegawa 
Writing credits
Leonard Schrader (screenplay) (as Renâdo Shureidâ) &
Kazuhiko Hasegawa (screenplay)

Leonard Schrader (story) (as Renâdo Shureidâ)

Produced by
Kei Ijichi .... producer
Mataichirô Yamamoto .... executive producer
Original Music by
Takayuki Inoue 
Cinematography by
Tatsuo Suzuki  (as Daruma Suzuki)
Film Editing by
Akira Suzuki 
Production Design by
Yoshinaga Yoko'o 
Set Decoration by
Tomoyuki Maruo 
Kazunori Sawaji 
Masumi Suzuki 
Osamu Yamaguchi 
Costume Design by
Masami Saito 
Minoru Yamada 
Production Management
Yuya Furuta .... assistant unit manager
Kiyoshi Kurosawa .... unit production manager
Yasuyuki Ohtani .... unit production manager
Tsutomu Yamamoto .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Koji Enokido .... assistant director
Takeo Moriyasu .... second assistant director
Shinji Sômai .... assistant director
Yoshiro Takahashi .... second assistant director
Hironari Yano .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Kenichi Benitani .... sound recordist
Mineharu Kitamura .... assistant sound
Yoshio Kojima .... sound effects
Toshio Nakano .... assistant sound
Minoru Nobuoka .... assistant sound
Saburô Takahashi .... sound mixer
Ryôjirô Nishimoto .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Takashi Anpo .... still photographer
Takehiko Fukae .... assistant camera
Fumikazu Fukumoto .... additional camera operator
Akihiro Itô .... assistant camera
Seisaku Kimura .... lighting technician
Kazuya Kobayashi .... lighting technician
Hideo Kumagai .... gaffer
Toyomichi Kurita .... assistant camera
Tsunekazu Kurosawa .... assistant camera
Kenichi Nagano .... lighting technician
Yôhei Nagasaka .... still photographer
Kiyoshi Nishiura .... additional camera operator
Riyoji Shigeta .... assistant camera
Makoto Watanabe .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Akio Kawashima .... assistant editor
Yoshio Kitazawa .... assistant editor
Yoshiyuki Okuhara .... negative cutter
Music Department
Katsu Hoshi .... arranger
Osamu Onodera .... music selection
Hidenori Taga .... score producer
Other crew
Haruko Imamura .... script supervisor
Emiko Ninagawa .... wigs supplier
Yasuaki Sakuraba .... publicist
Kimi Yoneyama .... wigs supplier

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Taiyô wo nusunda otoko" - Japan (original title)
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147 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.96 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:R (Ontario) | Singapore:PG

Did You Know?

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) (VG) 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 »
[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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7 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
great film !!, 3 April 2001
Author: nobuyuki furukawa ( from Osaka, Japan

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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