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Tidal Wave (1973)

Nippon chinbotsu (original title)
PG | | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama | May 1975 (USA)
Racked by earthquakes and volcanos, Japan is slowly sinking into the sea. A race against time and tide begins as Americans and the Japanese work together to salvage some fraction of the ... See full summary »


Shirô Moritani, Andrew Mayer (uncredited)


Shinobu Hashimoto, Sakyo Komatsu (novel) (as Sakyô Komatsu) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lorne Greene ... Ambassador Warren Richards
Keiju Kobayashi Keiju Kobayashi ... Dr. Tadokoro (D-1 Project Leader)
Rhonda Leigh Hopkins Rhonda Leigh Hopkins ... Fran
Hiroshi Fujioka ... Onodera Toshio (Submarine Wadatsumi Pilot)
Tetsurô Tanba ... Prime Minister Yamamoto
Ayumi Ishida Ayumi Ishida ... Abe Reiko
Shôgo Shimada Shôgo Shimada ... Watari (Political Fixer)
John Fujioka ... Narita
Andrew Hughes Andrew Hughes ... Australian Prime Minister
Nobuo Nakamura ... Japanese Ambassador to Australia
Haruo Nakajima ... Prime Minister's Chauffeur
Takeshi Yamamoto Takeshi Yamamoto
Joe Dante ... (US version)
Susan Sennett ... (US version)
Hideaki Nitani Hideaki Nitani ... Dr.Nakata (Cognitive Science D-2 Project Leader)


Racked by earthquakes and volcanos, Japan is slowly sinking into the sea. A race against time and tide begins as Americans and the Japanese work together to salvage some fraction of the disappearing Japan. Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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Earthquakes shattered the nation. Cities become raging firestorms. But the worst is yet to come See more »


Thriller | Sci-Fi | Drama


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Release Date:

May 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tidal Wave See more »

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Technical Specs


(extended print) | (theatrical cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Haruo Nakajima's final movie role before his death. See more »

Alternate Versions

Released in 2 versions simultaneously in 1975 in US, 1 cut and dubbed, the other uncut and subtitled. See more »


Referenced in Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) See more »

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35 years later this film make his point.
13 April 2005 | by PixelRidersSee all my reviews

Back in 1973, I have the opportunity to see this film in a lush big screen and back them that was an impressive show. Of course, anyone that has grown up in today's computer animated hyper realistic effects will dissect the movie mercilessly. In the other hand, we have here a film that depicts an event that 35 years later will make a good docudrama in the Discovery Channel. This drama described with precision a nation loosing his homeland to a great cataclysm that literally erase Japan out of the map, dispersing the surviving population around the globe separating families and friends to eventually live at the mercy of surrogate countries. I will love to see this film made again with today's f/x technology. Japanese filmmakers have matured well enough to create one the most shocking films ever.

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