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The Man Who Stole the Sun (1979)

Taiyô wo nusunda otoko (original title)
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.

Director:

Kazuhiko Hasegawa

Writers:

Leonard Schrader (screenplay) (as Renâdo Shureidâ), Kazuhiko Hasegawa (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bunta Sugawara ... Inspector Yamashita
Kenji Sawada ... Makoto Kido
Kimiko Ikegami ... Zero Sawai
Kazuo Kitamura Kazuo Kitamura ... Tanaka, the director of the National Police Agency
Shigeru Kôyama Shigeru Kôyama ... Nakayama
Kei Satô ... Dr. Ichikawa
Yûnosuke Itô ... Bus Hijacker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eimei Esumi Eimei Esumi ... Egawa
Hiroshi Gojô Hiroshi Gojô ... Identikit Officer
Tatsuya Hamaguchi Tatsuya Hamaguchi
Hajime Hoshi Hajime Hoshi
Junichi Hosokawa Junichi Hosokawa
Akinobu Imamura Akinobu Imamura
Yukiko Inoue Yukiko Inoue
Yûdai Ishiyama Yûdai Ishiyama ... Detective Ishikawa
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Storyline

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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Trivia

At one point when Kenji Sawada is fending off the nuclear plant workers, the sound effects are taken from the video game Space Invaders (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 »

Quotes

[On their way to appease a hostage-taker.]
Yamashita: You're a teacher? What do you teach?
Makoto Kido: Science.
Yamashita: Hm. I don't think science isn't going to help us right now.
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Connections

Referenced in Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (2009) See more »

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This is a good thriller!!
22 April 2000 | by NamSee all my reviews

Very well make... there are car chasing, gun shooting and even more... after watching this movie you may know how to make an atomic bomb!! Try to pick up this film in Video or Vcd.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

9 October 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.96 : 1
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