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Nosutoradamusu no daiyogen (1974)

Professor Nishiyama, after studying and interpreting the prophecies of Nostradamus, realizes that the end of the world is at hand. Unfortunately, nobody listens to him until it is too late.... See full summary »

Director:

Toshio Masuda

Writers:

Michel de Nostredame (book) (as Michel de Notredame), Ben Gotô (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tetsurô Tanba ... Dr. Nishiyama
Toshio Kurosawa Toshio Kurosawa ... Akira Nakagawa
Kaoru Yumi Kaoru Yumi ... Mariko Nishiyama
Yôko Tsukasa ... Nobuo Nishiyama
Katsuhiko Sasaki Katsuhiko Sasaki ... Yoshihama - Assistant to Nishiyama
Akihiko Hirata ... Environmental Scientist 1
Hiroshi Koizumi Hiroshi Koizumi ... Environmental Scientist 2
Takashi Shimura ... Pediatrician
Sô Yamamura ... Prime Minister Kuroki
Tappei Shimokawa Tappei Shimokawa ... Captain of Defense Forces
Mizuho Suzuki Mizuho Suzuki ... Director General of Environment Agency
Katsu Ryûzaki Katsu Ryûzaki
Kazuo Katô Kazuo Katô ... The Scholar
Taketoshi Naitô Taketoshi Naitô ... Chief Cabinet Secretary
Jun Hamamura Jun Hamamura ... Kida
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Storyline

Professor Nishiyama, after studying and interpreting the prophecies of Nostradamus, realizes that the end of the world is at hand. Unfortunately, nobody listens to him until it is too late. As the effects of mankind's tampering of the earth - radioactive smog clouds, hideously mutated animals, destruction of the ozone layer - rage out of control, the world leaders hurtle blindly toward the final confrontation. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Senkyuhyakukyujyukyu-nen Sekai metubou Jinrui ni nokosareta nijyugo-nen Kagaku no sui to mugen no imajination o atsumete senritsu no eizouka See more »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

13 July 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Days of Planet Earth See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film was never given an official home video release in Eastern Europe (primarily Ukraine and Russia), due to the protests of Chernobyl survivors. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Nishiyama: [after the war, a barren Earth] Even if all human life is destroyed, the Earth will remain. Time will pass over our ruined lands... Little will change for centuries...
[pans across a flattened and devastated Japan]
Dr. Nishiyama: Boso Peninsula... Kuju Park... Chiba... Kanto Plain... Tokyo Bay... where Tokyo once was...
Narrator: [the camera pans among the cracked wasteland of Tokyo] The splendor of many beautiful maidens... Never again will they be so bright... The flesh will be peeled back from the bone... And strange ...
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Closing title card reads: The story you have just seen was a work of fiction. The events it portrayed, however, may take place in our world. It's up to you to take action to ensure the these events do not come to pass... See more »

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brilliant but bruised (in the U.S.)
10 January 1999 | by Scott Andrew HutchinsSee all my reviews

This film is so powerful that it was successfully banned in its native country. Unfortunately, horrible dubbing and sound mix, commercial fade-outs and other tampering have cheapened the film into only a hint of its original brilliance. The film sports a unique score by Isao Tomita, which, for me, defines the essence of decline in the penultimate year of the 20th century we are now in. Unfortunately, bad choices in American narration cause erratic volume changes which decrease the effect. Critics attacked it for the distinctly seventies fashions which are, as predicted, back in vogue. The film was actually not written by Yasumi, but updated from his script for _Sekai Daisenso_ (_The Last War_) and credited to him out of respect. Perhaps if the film, which is minimal on narrative and seems a forerunner to the work of Godfrey Reggio, were given a widescreen and subtitled reissue (and what better time than this year), respect for the film would increase. It pulls out all the stops with disasters, including the pestilence of giant slugs (which are simply giant slugs, like though that plague India, not flesh-eating or blood-eating as detractors of the film would like you to believe) and plants that tear through subways (and no, they do not eat people as some reviews claim). Nature takes things back from the city, young people find solace in random sex, wanton drug use, and suicide. Traffic jams wreak havoc as people get out of control, food rations are torn away as people believe there are shortages, while luxury beef diets continue, and Nishiyama believes they are all related to the prophecies of Nostradamus. Bizarre effects ensue, like snow on the pyramids, and people's highest morals are challenged. What we have is a work of cinematic brilliance torn apart by an American distributor until what results becomes fodder for MST3K. Know what neurofibromatosis looks like?


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