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Jishin rettô (1980)

A large earthquake hits Tokyo, which was predicted by a seismologist but was ignored.

Director:

Kenjirô Ohmori

Writer:

Kaneto Shindô
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hiroshi Katsuno Hiroshi Katsuno ... Yoichi Kawazu
Toshiyuki Nagashima Toshiyuki Nagashima
Yumi Takigawa Yumi Takigawa
Kayo Matsuo Kayo Matsuo
Hideji Ôtaki Hideji Ôtaki
Eiji Okada
Shin Saburi
Norihei Miki Norihei Miki
Tsutomu Yamazaki ... Director General of Meteorological Agency
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ted Fisher Ted Fisher
Daigo Kusano Daigo Kusano ... Angry man in flooded underground train
Hal Linden ... Narrator (voice)
Chiaki Matsubara
Yôji Matsuda Yôji Matsuda
Francis Smith Francis Smith
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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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Action | Drama | Sci-Fi

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

5 February 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Earthquake 7.9 See more »

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Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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| (US)

Sound Mix:

Mono | 4-Track Stereo (Japan theatrical release)

Color:

Color
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Soap opera followed by the destruction of a toy city
30 March 2008 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

Geologist realizes a big earthquake is coming but no one will listen. Whats worse is his father in law had predicted the 1923 Tokyo disaster and he's been called unworthy to be his successor. Of course the big one comes and Tokyo is knocked flat.

A poorly dubbed Japanese film that is pure soap opera for the first half. The second half- after the earthquake destroys a model city its an escape drama. There are some nice moments but the film wastes them either by undercutting the action by too many poor miniatures or by having people do unreal things. Hokey and not very good it has an ending you won't believe...


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