Sakyo Komatsu

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Sakyo Komatsu
Sakyo Komatsu
Born January 28, 1931
Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Died July 26, 2011 (aged 80)
Minoh, Osaka, Japan
Occupation Novelist, screenwriter
First work Kaijin Dr. Skeleton (1948)
Notable work Japan Sinks (1973)

Sakyo Komatsu (小松 左京,   Komatsu Sakyō), real name Minoru Komatsu (小松 実,   Komatsu Minoru) and formerly known by the pen name Minoru Mori (モリ・ミノル,   Mori Minoru), was a Japanese science fiction novelist. Regarded as one of the most well-known science fiction writers in Japan, he is perhaps best recognized for the 1973 story Japan Sinks, which has inspired numerous adaptations and continuations. These include a live action film and accompanying television series, two radio dramas, a 2006 film remake, a sequel novel co-authored by Komatsu and Koshu Tani, a 2020 animated Netflix series, and more. Several of his other stories, including Virus, ESPY, Sayonara Jupiter and Tokyo Blackout, have also been adapted to film by the studios Toho and Daiei. Komatsu passed away at age 80 due to pneumonia on July 26, 2011.

Selected bibliography[edit | edit source]

Author[edit | edit source]

  • ESPY (1964)
  • Japan Sinks (1973)
  • Sayonara Jupiter (1980-1982)
  • Tokyo Blackout (1983-1984)
  • Japan Sinks: Part Two (2006) [with Koshu Tani]

Selected filmography[edit | edit source]

Original story[edit | edit source]

Unproduced works[edit | edit source]

  • Sinking of the Japanese Archipelago (1972) [Daiei; replaced by Toho's Submersion of Japan][1]
  • Continuation: Submersion of Japan (1974) [Toho; replaced by Submersion of Japan: Television Series][1][2]
  • Continuation: Submersion of Japan (1976) [Toho; cancelled][3]
  • Continuation: Submersion of Japan (1978) [Toho; cancelled][3]
  • Japan Sinks 1999 (1999) [Shochiku; cancelled][1]

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Komatsu's cameo in Submersion of Japan

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for Sakyo Komatsu. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 日本沈没. Retrieved on 22 February 2021.
  2. Guy Mariner Tucker (1996). Age of the Gods: A History of the Japanese Fantasy Film. Feral House. p. 221.
  3. 3.0 3.1 1954-2004『東宝特撮の世界』篇. Archived from the original on 16 July 2018. Retrieved on 22 February 2021.


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