Magnitude 7.9 (1980)
Not even God can stop it (これだけは神ですら止められない)
THIS IS THE BIG ONE.
— American VHS tagline
Magnitude 7.9 (地震列島 is a Jishin Rettō, lit. Earthquake Archipelago)1980 disaster film produced by Toho and distributed in the United States by Shochiku Films of America. The film was released to Japanese theaters on August 30, 1980 and to American theaters on February 5, 1982. It is a followup to a TV movie from the same year entitled Giant Tokyo Earthquake Magnitude 8.1, also produced by Toho.
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- Main article: Magnitude 7.9/Credits.
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Kenjiro Omori
- Written by Kaneto Shindo
- Produced by Hideyuki Takai
- Executive Producing by Tomoyuki Tanaka
- Music by Toshiaki Tsushima
- Theme Song "Amethyst Sunray" Performed by Hatsumi Shibata
- Lyrics by Makoto Kitajo
- Composed by Masaaki Hirao
- Arranged by Tatsumi Yano
- Cinematography by Rokuro Nishigaki
- Edited by Nobuo Ogawa
- Production Design by Iwao Akune
- Assistant Directing by Masahiro Nara, Koji Hashimoto, Kensho Yamashita, Kunio Miyoshi
- Special Effects by Teruyoshi Nakano, Tadaaki Watanabe, Osamu Kume, Eiichi Asada, Yasuyuki Inoue
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Hiroshi Katsuno as Yoichi Kawazu, geophysicist
- Toshiyuki Nagashima as Masayuki Hashizume, reporter
- Kayo Matsuo as Yuko Kawazu, Yoichi's wife
- Yumi Takigawa as Tomiko Ashida, earthquake research institute employee
- Hideji Otaki as Professor Marumo
- Shin Saburi as Prime Minister of Japan
- Chiaki Matsubara as Kazue Umejima, camerawoman
- Sachiko Murase as Fusae Kawazu, Yuko's mother
- Tatsuo Matsumura as Kozo Ashida, Tomiko's father
- Kei Sato as Chief Cabinet Secretary
- Yoshio Inaba as Director General of the National Land Agency
- Tsutomu Yamazaki as Director General of the Meteorological Agency
- Eiji Okada as Professor Watanabe
- Mizuho Suzuki as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
- Norihei Miki as Kozo
- Yusuke Takita as Middle-aged office worker
- Daigo Kusano as Bearded man
- Kiyoshi Yamamoto as Hayashi, earthquake section manager of the Meteorological Agency
- Toshitaka Ito as Subway operator
- Jiro Kusanagi as Observation director of the Meteorological Agency
Weapons, Vehicles, and Races
- Main article: Magnitude 7.9/Gallery.
- Earthquake Archipelago (地震列島 Jishin Rettō, literal Japanese title)
- Earthquake Archipelago: ーNot Even God Can Stop Itー (地震列島 ーこれだけは神ですら止められないー Jishin Rettō Koredake wa Kami de Sura Tomerarenai, early Japanese title)
- Deathquake (American title)
- Earthquake 7.9 (American title)
- Megaforce 7.9 (United Kingdom title)
- 7.9 on the Richter Scale (7,9 по Скалата на Рихтер, Bulgarian title)
- Cataclysm Strength 7.9 (Cataclysme Force 7.9, French title)
- Earthquake - The Flaming Inferno of Tokyo (Erdbeben - Flammendes Inferno von Tokio, German video title)
- Megaforce 7.9 - The Earth Quakes (Megaforce 7.9 - Die Erde Bebt, West German video title)
- Earthquake in Tokyo (Földrengés Tokióban, Hungarian title)
- Earthquake (Jordskjelvet, Norwegian title; Trzesienie Ziemi, Polish title)
- Destruction at 15:30 (Unicenje ob 15:30, Slovenian title)
- Cataclysm at 15:30 (Kataklizma u 15,30, Yugoslav title)
- Japan - August 30, 1980
- Spain - July 1, 1981
- Denmark - January 29, 1982
- United States - February 5, 1982
- Hungary - July 15, 1982
Mntex Entertainment VHS (1991)
- Tapes: 1
- Audio: English
Toho VHS (1994)
- Tapes: 1
- Audio: Japanese
Toho DVD (2003)
- Region: 2
- Discs: 1
- Audio: Japanese (4.0 Surround)
- Subtitles: Japanese
- Special Features: Audio commentary with Hiroshi Katsuno and Kenji Konuta, 30 minute interview with Teruyoshi Nakano, theatrical and special announcement trailers
- Notes: Re-released on February 7, 2014 in a limited edition and on August 19, 2015 as part of the Toho DVD Masterpiece Selection.
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