Tidal Wave (1973 film)

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Tidal Wave (日本沈没, Nihon Chinbotsu, lit. "Submersion of Japan") is a 1973 film directed by Shiro Moritani.[1] It is based on the novel Japan Sinks by Sakyo Komatsu.[1] The film stars Keiju Kobayashi, Hiroshi Fujioka and Ayumi Ishida.

Tidal Wave
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Directed byShiro Moritani
Produced by
Screenplay byShinobu Hashimoto[1]
Based onthe novel
by Sakyo Komatsu
Music byMasaru Sato[1]
Edited byMichiko Ikeda[1]
Distributed byToho
Release date
  • 29 December 1973 (1973-12-29) (Japan)
Running time
143 minutes[2]
Budget$3 million[2]
Box office$7 million (Japan)[3]


Volcanic eruptions and earthquakes shake Japan. Firestorms burn beautiful Japanese cities to the ground. A weather survey group discovers that the Japanese Archipelago is moving towards the Japanese Trench, which if left to continue on its collision course, would bring the whole of Japan under the sea.



Tidal Wave was released in Japan on 29 December 1973 where it was distributed by Toho.[2] The film was the highest grossing film in Japan in 1973 and 1974.[2] The film grossed more than twice of the second-highest grossing film of the year, Human Revolution.[2]

American versionEdit

Tidal Wave
American release poster
Directed byAndrew Meyer
Produced byMax E. Youngstein
CinematographyEric Saarinen
Distributed byNew World Pictures
Release date
May 1975
Running time
90 minutes
Box office$3.5 million (U.S.)[3]

Roger Corman bought the U.S. rights to the film for his New World Pictures. He cut out a great deal of footage, added new sequences directed by Andrew Meyer and starring Lorne Greene as an ambassador at the United Nations, and released it as Tidal Wave in May 1975.[2] The film was a big success at the U.S. box office.[3]

The American version of the film's new cast members also included Rhonda Leigh Hopkins, John Fukioka, Marvin Miller, Susan Sennett, Ralph James, Phil Roth, Cliff Pellow, and Joe Dante.[2] New World additionally released an uncut subtitled format as Submersion of Japan.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Galbraith IV 2008, p. 293.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Galbraith IV 2008, p. 294.
  3. ^ a b c Christopher T Koetting, Mind Warp!: The Fantastic True Story of Roger Corman's New World Pictures, Hemlock Books. 2009. pp. 80–83.


  • Galbraith, Stuart, IV (2008). The Toho Studios Story: A History and Complete Filmography. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press. ISBN 1461673747. OCLC 852899281.

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