Conflagration (1975)

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The Japanese poster for Conflagration
Alternate titles
Flagicon Japan.png Tokyo Bay Burns (1975)
Flagicon United States.png High Seas Hijack (1977)
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Directed by Katsumune Ishida; John BushelmanUS
Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka, Osamu Tanaka;
William C. ThomasUS
Written by Yasuko Ono, Toshio Masuda;
Koji Tanaka (original story)
Music by Hajime Kaburagi
Production companies Toho Eizo, Toho Pictures
Distributor TohoJP, Pine-Thomas ProductionsUS,
Toho International Companyint'l
Rating G (Amazon)JP
Running time 100 minutesJP
(1 hour, 40 minutes)
94 minutesUS
(1 hour, 34 minutes)
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Conflagration (東京湾炎上,   Tōkyōwan Enjō, lit. Tokyo Bay Burns) is a 1975 tokusatsu disaster film co-produced by Toho Eizo and Toho Pictures. The film is loosely based on the 1974 novel Critical Explosion by Koji Tanaka. It was released to Japanese theaters by Toho on July 12, 1975.


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Main article: Conflagration/Credits.

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


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

  • Midori Kanazawa   as   Machiko
  • Ryohei Uchida   as   Nishizawa, boatswain (replace Ryoki Uchida)
  • Kei Sato   as   Fukami, television director (replace Kei Suzuki)
  • Soichiro Kitamura   as   First Mate Ehara
  • Tetsuya Ushio   as   Third Mate Inoue
  • Sumio Tomikawa   as   Kataoka, engineer
  • Shiro Kuno   as   Igarashi, radio station director
  • Dai Kanai   as   Doctor Hatsuyama
  • Kazuo Kato   as   Public relations officer
  • Akio Satake   as   Susumu Wakabayashi, special effects director
  • Masanori Irie   as   Defense Agency Director General
  • Katsuhiko Sasaki   as   Hayashi
  • Kenji Sahara   as   Kagoshima reporter
  • Sakae Umezu   as   Film cameraman
  • Koji Kawamura   as   Minister of Transport Seki
  • Kazuya Aoyama   as   Kusaka, radio operator
  • Toshitaka Ito   as   Gen
  • Takeshi Ogasawara   as   Second Mate Minami
  • Hideaki Obara   as   Obara, engineer
  • Tatsuhito Go   as   Tamura, pilot
  • Tatsuya Ryu   as   Sekine, diving officer
  • Masaru Kamiyama   as   Minister of Home Affairs Muramatsu
  • Toshizo Kudo   as   Nakasono, countermeasures center member
  • Shinji Nakae   as   Announcer
  • Akio Futo   as   Relay station staffer
  • Takeshi Watabe   as   Kagoshima detective
  • Koji Miemachi   as   Detective
  • Kentaro Kaji   as   Reporter
  • Saburo Kadowaki   as   Headquarters radio operator
  • Shigeo Kato   as   3rd Regional Coast Guard Headquarters member
  • Yoshio Katsube   as   Mountain relay station staffer
  • K. Amoha   as   Simba
  • Willy Dorcey   as   Zamba
  • Masudo Rhand Lorne   as   Tembo
  • Ikbar Haniv   as   Mubogo
  • Tony Cetera   as   Reporter

International English dub

  • Matthew Oram   as   Captain Munekata / Munk
  • Barry Haigh   as   Jiro Tate / Katsuragi / Kifal / Simba
  • Michael Ross   as   Ehara / Susumu Wakabayashi / Hayashi / Kagoshima reporter


Weapons, vehicles, and races


Main article: Conflagration/Gallery.

Alternate titles

  • Tokyo Bay Burns (literal Japanese title)
  • The Explosion (Japanese poster title, DVD title)
  • High Seas Hijack (United States)
  • Steel Inferno (Teräshelvetti; Finland)
  • The Great Explosion: 200,000t of Fire (La Grande Explosion 200 000 T. de Feu; France)
  • Terror in the World (Terreur sur le Monde; France)
  • Assault on the Colossus of the Seas (Atentado al Coloso de los Mares; Peru)
  • The Ocean in Flames (El Océano en Llamas; Spain)
  • Great Alarm of Tokyo Bay (Storlarm i Tokyo Bay; Sweden)
  • Hellish Ride into the Unknown (Höllenfahrt ins Ungewisse; West Germany)
  • Terrorist Conflagration (Conflagração Terrorista; Brazil)
  • Explosion (Italy)

Theatrical releases

  • Japan - July 12, 1975
  • Sweden - August 2, 1976
  • Peru - September 23, 1976
  • West Germany - June 3, 1977
  • France - August 24, 1977
  • United States - September 14, 1977  [view poster]American print ad
  • Finland - November 25, 1977 (Turku)
  • Italy - 1978

U.S. release

In 1976, Conflagration was acquired by Pine-Thomas Productions through its subsidiary Cinema Producers Alliance for release in the United States. Retitled High Seas Hijack, John Bushelman was tapped to direct additional footage starring Peter Graves and Gigi Perreau,[1] who was making her first theatrical film in a decade.[2] Although BoxOffice reported on September 6, 1976, that post production had been completed,[3] High Seas Hijack was not released until over a year later. It entered four-wall distribution on September 14, 1977, in the Pacific Northwest,[4] but was ultimately seldom seen theatrically.[1] Henry G. Saperstein's UPA Productions of America acquired television rights for High Seas Hijack not long after its brief theatrical run.[5]

Video releases

Toho VHS (1994)

  • Tapes: 1
  • Audio: Japanese

Toho DVD (2005)

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (Mono, 5.1 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Japanese
  • Special features: Audio commentary by Katsumune Ishida and Tetsu Nakamura, theatrical trailer, interview with Teruyoshi Nakano, galleries of production stills and set scenery
  • Notes: Re-released on November 8, 2013 in a limited edition and on August 19, 2015 as part of the Toho DVD Masterpiece Selection.

DeAGOSTINI Japan DVD (2011)

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese
  • Special features: None
  • Notes: Released as part of the Toho Special Effects Movie DVD Collection.

Though Conflagration is not available on Blu-ray, an HD version can be rented or purchased on the Japanese versions of Amazon and iTunes.



Japanese Conflagration trailer
Dutch High Seas Hijack video trailer


Comparison of the film's English dubs
Export version opening and ending credits
High Seas Hijack opening and ending credits
Italian opening credits



This is a list of references for Les/Sandbox/The Explosion. 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 David C. Tucker (2019). Pine-Thomas Productions: A History and Filmography. McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. pp. 33–34. ISBN 978-1-4766-3710-5.
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  5. NATPE 87: Westin Canal Place exhibitors. Broadcasting. January 19, 1987. p. 182.


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