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Day of Resurrection (1980)

Fukkatsu no hi (original title)
After a virus devastates the global human population, survivors in Antarctica desperately try to find a cure and save the human race.

Director:

Kinji Fukasaku

Writers:

Kôji Takada (screenplay), Kinji Fukasaku (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Masao Kusakari Masao Kusakari ... Dr. Shûzô Yoshizumi
Tsunehiko Watase Tsunehiko Watase ... Yasuo Tatsuno
Isao Natsuyagi ... Cmdr. Nakanishi (as Isao Natsuki)
Shin'ichi Chiba ... Dr. Yamauchi (as Sonny Chiba)
Kensaku Morita Kensaku Morita ... Ryûji Sanazawa
Toshiyuki Nagashima Toshiyuki Nagashima ... Akimasa Matsuo
Haruki Kadokawa ... Team Member - Showa Station
Tadashi Takatsuki Tadashi Takatsuki ... Team Member - Showa Station (as Chû Takatsuki)
Takeshige Hatanaka Takeshige Hatanaka ... Team Member - Showa Station
Chikara Gonoue Chikara Gonoue ... Team Member - Showa Station (as Riki Gonoue)
Eiji Yuki Eiji Yuki ... Team Member - Showa Station
George Kennedy ... Adm. Conway
Bo Svenson ... Maj. Carter
Stephanie Faulkner Stephanie Faulkner ... Sarah Baker
Julie Khaner ... Secretary - Palmer Station
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Storyline

A US military-engineered virus, released during a plane crash, kills almost the entire human population. The only survivors are scientists and military personnel in Antarctica, who desperately try to find a cure and save what is left of the human population from further destruction. Written by P. Straatsma

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Autumn 1982: Mankind has been wiped out except 863 persons on Antarctica. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Release Date:

26 June 1980 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The End See more »

Filming Locations:

Alaska, USA See more »

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Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Haruki Kadokawa was the heir to a major publishing empire. He entered the film business in the mid 1970s with some high-profile features. This was to be his big breakthrough in the international market. He tried to ensure its success by casting some U.S. stars and doing major international promotion (under the international title "Virus"). However, the film was a major flop. Although it may have had some special showings in the U.S., it did not receive a general release. It was sold directly to pay television in an edited one hundred eight-minute version. See more »

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Upon entering the bunker, Yoshizumi watches in horror on several monitors as nuclear rockets launch all over the world. The footage on many of these monitors feature hand-held camera work. Due to the virus sweeping the world many months earlier, there would be no one alive at that point to be operating these cameras. See more »

Quotes

[explaining why a Soviet nuclear missile is aimed at the American polar station]
Captain Nevsky: The United States had no particular monopoly on idiots.
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Crazy Credits

The Japanese version mixes English and Japanese writing during the opening credit sequence. The English-speaking actors' names are in English and the Japanese cast and crew members' names are in Japanese. See more »

Alternate Versions

As of 2006, the full 155-minute version of this film is officially available on DVD in the United States. BCI Eclipse released the full Japanese version in anamorphic widescreen as part of their Sonny Chiba Action Pack, which also includes the films Golgo 13 and Bullet Train (which are also featured in anamorphic widescreen transfers). This release keeps an original Japanese title card and the Kadokawa logo before the film begins, which is something that the deluxe Japanese DVD set deletes (albeit, it is an inconsequential deletion). The BCI Eclipse release is not the butchered 108-minute cut. It is labeled on the box as the "Uncut International Version". See more »

Connections

References Earthquake (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

You Are Love (Toujours Gai Mon Cher)
Music by Teo Macero
Lyrics by Janis Ian
Performed by Janis Ian
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It has good acting, good story and decent production values to boot.
23 July 2002 | by christglaSee all my reviews

Having read all the bad reviews this movie has received because of its poor videoquality and editing, I nonetheless bought it yesterday on DVD from a local store in Oslo. I just simply had to buy it in spite of the numerous warnings.

The reason is that I'm a huge fan of similar movies like The Andromeda Strain, The Satan Bug and the Cassandra Crossing which are all great.

Regarding the movie itself I was pleasantly surprised. It has good acting, good story and decent production values to boot. All the necessary ingredients for making a compelling movie.

Sadly this is ruined by an almost unviewable videoprint. It seems to me that the DVD-edition I bought used an old VHS videoprint as the source. The sound is equally bad.

Finally, some of the shorter prints of the film is plagued by abruptness. The version I acquired runs approx. 108 minutes. You get the feeling you've missed out on something. Nearing the end of the film one of the main characters returns from Washinghton to Antarctica. But we get no explanation as to how he made the journey. Which off course is a prudent question to ask, since in between his departure and arrival, a nuclear holocaust has transpired and several years have passed.

The longest version runs approx. 150 minutes. Hopefully I'll someday get my hands on that copy. And I urge everyone else to stay clear of the shorter prints and aim for the full 150 minute version instead.

Kind regards, Chris


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