Submersion of Japan (1973)

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Submersion of Japan
The Japanese poster for Submersion of Japan
Alternate titles
Flagicon Japan.png Japan Sinks (1973)
Flagicon United States.png Tidal Wave (1974)

Directed by Shiro Moritani
Producer(s) Tomoyuki Tanaka, Osamu Tanaka
Written by Shinobu Hashimoto, Sakyo Komatsu
Music by Masaru Sato
Distributor TohoJP,
New WorldUS
Rating PGUS
Budget ¥2,000,000,000[1]
Box office ¥5,340,000,000
Running time 143 minutesJP
(2 hours, 23 minutes)
82 minutesUS
(1 hour, 22 minutes)
Aspect ratio 2.35:1
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Submersion of Japan (日本沈没,   Nippon Chinbotsu, lit. Japan Sinks) is a 1973 disaster film produced by Toho. The film was released to Japanese theaters on December 29, 1973 and to American theaters in May of 1975.


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Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   Shiro Moritani
  • Written by   Shinobu Hashimoto, Sakyo Komatsu
  • Produced by   Tomoyuki Tanaka, Osamu Tanaka
  • Music by   Masaru Sato
  • Cinematography by   Daisaku Kimura, Hiroshi Murai
  • Edited by   Michiko Ikeda
  • Production Design by   Yoshiro Muraki
  • Assistant Directing by   Koji Hashimoto
  • Special Effects by   Teruyoshi Nakano


Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Keiju Kobayashi   as   Dr. Tadokoro
  • Hiroshi Fujioka   as   Onodera Toshio
  • Ayumi Ishida   as   Abe Reiko
  • Rhonda Leigh Hopkins   as   Fran
  • Lorne Greene   as   Ambassador Warren Richards
  • Tetsuro Tamba   as   Prime Minister Yamamoto
  • Shogo Shimada   as   Watari
  • John Fujioka   as   Narita
  • Andrew Hughes   as   Australian Prime Minister
  • Nobuo Nakamura   as   Japanese Ambassador
  • Haruo Nakajima   as   Prime Minister's Chauffeur
  • Hideaki Nitani   as   Dr. Nakata
  • Isao Natsuyagi   as   Yuki
  • Yusuke Takita   as   Assistant Professor Yukinaga


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Alternate Titles

  • Japan Sinks (Literal Japanese title)
  • Submersion of Japan (International title)
  • Tidal Wave (American title)

Box Office

With an incredible box office total of ¥5,340,000,000, Submersion of Japan was the highest-grossing Japanese film of both 1973 and 1974.[2]


Japanese Submersion of Japan trailers
German Submersion of Japan trailer


This is a list of references for Submersion of Japan. 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. 日本沈没 - Wikipedia
  2. Stuart Galbraith IV. The Toho Studios Story: A History and Complete Filmography. Scarecrow Press. 2008.


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Toho Eizo Films

8 months ago
Score 0
Sinking of Japan was a 2006 remake of this film.


35 months ago
Score 1
This film has nothing to do with Godzilla or kaijus (it's a disaster film), but why it does have a page here???

Green Blob Thing

35 months ago
Score 1

It's made by Toho.

It uses tokusatsu techniques.

The King of the Monsters

35 months ago
Score 1
And stock footage from it is utilized in some Godzilla films.
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