Submersion of Japan: Television Series (1974-75)

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Submersion of Japan: Television Series
Submersion of Japan: Television Series
Air date October 6, 1974 - March 30, 1975
Producer(s) Susumu Saito, Hitoshi Ogura,
Yoji Hashimoto, Takao Yasuda
Channel(s) TBS TV
Genre(s) Drama, disaster, special effects
Episodes 26

Submersion of Japan (日本沈没,   Nippon Chinbotsu), later released to home video as Submersion of Japan: Television Series (日本沈没 TELEVISION SERIES,   Nippon Chinbotsu Terebijon Shirīzu), is a 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 is a sequel to the Toho Eizo-produced film Submersion of Japan. Following the conclusion of the series' broadcast, a 90-minute movie compiled from various episodes was aired on December 31, 1975.

Plot

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Episodes

Episode no. Title Director Writer Director of
special effects
Air date
1 "The Raging Sea" Jun Fukuda Yuichiro Yamane Yoshio Tabuchi 1974/10/06
2 "Undersea Torrent" Kiyoshi Nishimura 1974/10/13
3 "White Fissure" 1974/10/20
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
13 "Kyoto Crumbles" 1974/12/29
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
17 "Amakusa Vanished!" 1975/01/26
18 "Crisis Approaches Ogouchi Dam" Kiyoshi Nishimura 1975/02/02
19 "Farewell, Hakodate" Minoru Kanaya Shukei Nagasaka Koichi Kawakita 1975/02/09
20 "Hokkaido Sinks" 1975/02/16
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

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

Cast

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

  • Keiju Kobayashi   as   Dr. Yusuke Tadokoro
  • Takenori Murano   as   Toshio Onodera
  • Kaoru Yumi   as   Reiko Abe
  • Mari Christine   as   Maria Bailey
  • Tomoko Ogawa   as   Maya Ariyoshi
  • Tomoyuki Hosokawa   as   Assistant Professor Nobuhiko Yukinaga
  • Toshio Kurosawa   as   Secretary Nakata
  • Isao Hashimoto
  • Noboru Nakaya   as   Hideo Yoshimura
  • Kunie Tanaka   as   Tatsuno, reporter
  • Takamaru Sasaki
  • Kenji Sahara   as   Nozue, technician
  • Kei Yamamoto   as   Assistant Professor Kunie
  • So Yamamura   as   Prime Minister Matsugawa
  • Ganjiro Nakamura II   as   old man on ferry
  • Yasuko Agawa   as   Atsuko, old man's apprentice (as Tomoe Mari)
  • Keisuke Otori, Utako Kyo   as   Mr. and Mrs. Akimoto, apartment managers
  • Ayako Sawada   as   Haruko Onodera, Toshio's sister
  • Nobuto Okamoto   as   Shuji Onodera, Haruko's husband
  • Kenji Kobana   as   Kenichi Onodera, Haruko and Shuji's son
  • Yatsuko Tanami   as   Kayo Onodera, Toshio's mother
  • Asao Uchida   as   Shintaro Abe, Reiko's father
  • Komachi Oi   as   Nobuko Yamakawa, nurse at Kinoshita Hospital
  • Toshiaki Shinbori, Michihiro Ikemizu, Osamu Ichikawa, Isao Sakuma   as   newscasters
  • Mariko Mochizuki
  • Masami Shimojo
  • Munemaru Koda, Hajime Izu, Tatsuo Matsushita   as   professors
  • Kazuko Imai
  • Katsuhiko Sasaki   as   Tsuchiya
  • Yoshio Katsube   as   technician
  • Setsuko Sekine   as   Jun
  • Toshie Shojo, Reiji Shojo   as   Hiro and Takeshi, comedy duo
  • Kunio Murai
  • Tetsuro Tsuno
  • Tsunehiro Arai
  • Mika Katsura   as   nurse
  • Michio Kida   as   islander
  • Kazuya Oguri   as   Senzo Onodera
  • Takao Zushi   as   Kazuhiko Sasaki
  • Hiroya Morita
  • Kan Yanagiya   as   Gensan
  • Baku Owada   as   Haruo Tokumitsu
  • Isao Tamagawa   as   Tazaemon Tokumitsu
  • Ken Mitsuda   as   Yoshio Onishi
  • Masaaki Daimon   as   Kenji Okita
  • Harumi Arai   as   Reiko Kitagawa
  • Toshio Takahara   as   Reiko Kitagawa's father
  • Masahiko Kameya   as   Norihiko Aoki
  • Eishin Tono   as   Hidaka
  • Junko Natsu
  • Jun Negami   as   Kozo Kimura
  • Tony Cetera   as   Professor Douglas
  • Hiroshi Itsuki
  • Takanobu Hozumi
  • Hiroshi Yagyu   as   assistant foreman
  • Mie Hama
  • Shinichi Yanagisawa   as   Yasaku Kawauchi
  • Katsutoshi Atarashi
  • Franz Gruber   as   Robert Caster
  • Miyako Tasaka
  • Takashi Kanda   as   Ushiyama
  • Kikuo Hayashiya   as   Kazuo Sakamoto
  • Sumio Takatsu   as   Koichi Ariyoshi
  • Toyoko Takechi   as   Haru Sakamoto
  • Atomu Shimojo   as   Saburo Nagai
  • Aki Mizusawa   as   Naoko Nihonmatsu
  • Yu Fujiki   as   Yasugoro Nihonmatsu
  • Tomoko Ishii   as   Yasugoro's wife
  • Noriko Sengoku
  • Pepe Hozumi   as   Genta Inoue
  • Midori Takei
  • Hideaki Kohara   as   Goro
  • Kazuhiro Fukuzaki   as   Kazuo
  • Takayoshi Nabeya   as   Shigeru
  • Sakura Kamo
  • Kojiro Kusanagi
  • Kazuki Emura   as   Sasuke
  • Keiji Sakakida   as   Iku's father
  • Yoshio Yoshida   as   Kamon Shimamoto
  • Michiyo Yamazoe   as   Taeko Shimamoto
  • Toyoto Fukuda   as   Kenichiro Ozaki
  • Ichiro Ogura
  • Noriko Kitazawa
  • Yoshio Tsuchiya
  • Hiroyuki Takano
  • Ako (as Ako Nakamura)
  • Kunihisa Mizutani
  • Kazuo Suzuki
  • Kenji Todoroki
  • Taibun Tozawa   as   Self-Defense Force soldier
  • Paula Ozawa   as   Emmy
  • Hatsuko Wakahara   as   Okayama
  • Ban Kojika   as   Ginji Matsumoto
  • Machiko Soga
  • Taketoshi Saito   as   narrator
  • Shin Kishida   as   narrator (trailer, uncredited)

Video releases

Amuse Soft LaserDisc (1996) [LD-BOX D-1]

  • Discs: 7
  • Audio: Japanese
  • Subtitles: None
  • Notes: Released October 25, 1996. Includes episodes 1-14.

Amuse Soft LaserDisc (1997) [LD-BOX D-2]

  • Discs: 6
  • Audio: Japanese
  • Subtitles: None
  • Notes: Released February 21, 1997. Includes episodes 15-26.

Amuse Soft DVD (2001) [M-1.0]

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese
  • Subtitles: None
  • Special features: None
  • Notes: Released April 27, 2001. Includes episodes 1-3.

Amuse Soft DVD (2001) [M-2.0]

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese
  • Subtitles: None
  • Special features: None
  • Notes: Released April 27, 2001. Includes episodes 4-6.

Amuse Soft DVD (2001) [M-3.0]

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese
  • Subtitles: None
  • Special features: None
  • Notes: Released April 27, 2001. Includes episodes 7-9.

Amuse Soft DVD (2001) [M-4.0]

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese
  • Subtitles: None
  • Special features: None
  • Notes: Released May 25, 2001. Includes episodes 10-12.

Amuse Soft DVD (2001) [M-5.0]

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese
  • Subtitles: None
  • Special features: None
  • Notes: Released May 25, 2001. Includes episodes 13-15.

Amuse Soft DVD (2001) [M-6.0]

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese
  • Subtitles: None
  • Special features: None
  • Notes: Released May 25, 2001. Includes episodes 16-18.

Amuse Soft DVD (2001) [M-7.0]

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese
  • Subtitles: None
  • Special features: None
  • Notes: Released June 22, 2001. Includes episodes 19-21.

Amuse Soft DVD (2001) [M-8.0]

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese
  • Subtitles: None
  • Special features: None
  • Notes: Released June 22, 2001. Includes episodes 22-24.

Amuse Soft DVD (2001) [M-9.0]

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese
  • Subtitles: None
  • Notes: Released June 22, 2001. Includes episodes 25-26.

Amuse Soft DVD (2006) [Premium Hazard BOX]

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 9
  • Audio: Japanese
  • Subtitles: None
  • Notes: Released July 7, 2006.

Notes

  1. 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.[1] 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.

References

This is a list of references for Submersion of Japan: Television Series. 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. Tucker, Guy Mariner (1996). Age of the Gods: A History of the Japanese Fantasy Film. Feral House. p. 221.

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