Submersion of Japan: Television Series (1974-75)
Submersion of Japan (日本沈没, later released to home video as Submersion of Japan: Television Series Nippon Chinbotsu) (日本沈没 TELEVISION SERIES, is a Nippon Chinbotsu Terebijon Shirīzu)Japanese tokusatsu drama series co-produced by Toho Eizo and TBS that aired from October 6, 1974 to March 30, 1975. Adapted from Sakyo Komatsu's 1973 novel Japan Sinks, it was filmed at the same time as the 1973 Toho Eizo-produced film Submersion of Japan. Following the conclusion of the series' broadcast, a 90-minute TV movie compiled from various episodes was aired on December 31, 1975.
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|Episode no.||Title||Director||Writer||Director of
|1||"The Raging Sea"||Jun Fukuda||Yuichiro Yamane||Yoshio Tabuchi||1974/10/06|
|2||"Undersea Torrent"||Kiyoshi Nishimura||1974/10/13|
|4||"When the Sea Turns Violent"||Takashi Nagano||Koichi Kawakita||1974/10/27|
|5||"The Island is Sinking"||Shukei Nagasaka||1974/11/03|
|6||"The Earth Wails in Sorrow"||Kiyoshi Nishimura||Yoshio Tabuchi||1974/11/10|
|7||"A Black Tornado, the Fang of the Sky"||Yuichiro Yamane||1974/11/17|
|8||"The Furious Stream"||Eizo Yamagiwa||Koichi Takano||1974/11/24|
|9||"Mystery of the Undersea Cave"||Toshiro Ishido||1974/12/01|
|10||"The Aso Firefall"||Minoru Kanaya||Shukei Nagasaka||Koichi Kawakita||1974/12/08|
|11||"An Aurora Over Kyoto!!"||Yuichiro Yamane||Koichi Takano||1974/12/15|
|12||"Kyoto is in Danger"||Tadashi Mafune||1974/12/22|
|14||"Love of Tomorrow"||Takashi Nagano||Shukei Nagasaka||Koichi Kawakita||1975/01/05|
|15||"The Oil Platform Explodes"||1975/01/12|
|16||"Kagoshima Bay SOS!"||Eizo Yamagiwa||Yuichiro Yamane||Koichi Takano||1975/01/19|
|18||"Crisis Approaches Ogouchi Dam"||Kiyoshi Nishimura||1975/02/02|
|19||"Farewell, Hakodate"||Minoru Kanaya||Shukei Nagasaka||Koichi Kawakita||1975/02/09|
|21||"Flame Spreads Through Izu Oshima"||Takashi Nagano||Koichi Takano||1975/02/23|
|22||"The Japanese Islands Break Apart"||Yuichiro Yamane||1975/03/02|
|23||"Kamakura Disappeared into the Sea"||Minoru Kanaya||1975/03/09|
|24||"Get Out, People of Tokyo"||1975/03/16|
|25||"Ah! Tokyo is Sinking"||Jun Fukuda||1975/03/23|
|26||"Tokyo's Final Day"||1975/03/30|
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Organized by Tomoyuki Tanaka
- Directed by Jun Fukuda, Kiyoshi Nishimura, Takashi Nagano, Eizo Yamagiwa, Tadashi Mafune
- Written by Yuichiro Yamane, Shukei Nagasaka, Toshiro Ishido
- Produced by Susumu Saito, Hitoshi Ogura, Yoji Hashimoto, Takao Yasuda
- Music by Kenjiro Hirose
- Theme song "Love of Tomorrow" and insert song "Little Bird"
- Performed by Hiroshi Itsuki
- Lyrics by Yoko Yamaguchi
- Composed by Kyohei Tsutsumi
- Arranged by Bob Sakuma
- Cinematography by Kiyoshi Hasegawa, Shoji Utsumi, Senkichi Nagai
- Edited by Shosuke Funazawa
- Production design by Masayasu Ito, Shoichi Sasagawa
- 1st assistant directors Taku Shinjo, Toshio Sanagawa, Tetsutaro Hagiwara
- Directors of special effects Yoshio Tabuchi, Koichi Kawakita, Koichi Takano, Teruyoshi Nakano (stock footage)[a]
- 1st assistant directors of special effects Eiichi Asada, Shinichi Kamisawa
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
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- According to the 1996 book Age of the Gods written and self-published by Guy Mariner Tucker (p. 221), Nakano was ceremoniously credited as the series' director of special effects. However, this is demonstrably false, as Nakano's name never appeared in the series' credits. All of the episodes' special effects were directed either by Yoshio Tabuchi, Koichi Kawakita, or Koichi Takano, occasionally intercut with various stock effects footage directed by Nakano.
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