Episode 54 (complete version): The Submersion of Japan (1973)

Here’s the full version of Kaijuvision’s episode on The Submersion of Japan – Toho’s most successful movie of the 1970s. It’s an epic episode for an epic movie! To help introduce this movie, I am joined by John LeMay, who loves the film as much as I do. After describing the film, I say how The Submersion of Japan is a special film when compared to many other disaster movies from the 1970s. I then interview John about the film, because the background information is so interesting. For the opinion and analysis, I cover the film chronologically, giving the audience a commentary like none other.

The related topic for this episode is The 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake. I connect this event to the movie in many ways. This topic is the reason why The Submersion of Japan could be considered a horror film on a national scale.

This episode is dedicated to actor Keiju Kobayashi.

You can find John LeMay’s books on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/John-LeMay/e/B003KTW83K/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1539779359&sr=8-2.

Peace Winds Japan – Super Typhoon Hagibis Relief Fund: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/super-typhoon-hagibis-relief-fund/

MP3:

 

Introduction: 0:00 – 4:44

Part 1 – Film Description: 4:44 – 14:21

Part 2 – General Reflections: 14:21 – 21:40

John LeMay Interview: 21:40 – 1:07:32

Opinion and Analysis: 1:07:32 – 2:17:55

Part 3 – Related Topic: 2:17:55 – 2:41:23

Closing: 2:41:23 – End

 

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Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Guest Co-Host: John LeMay

Video Location: Jefferson Boulevard Skybridge, Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Episode 54 (3/3): The Submersion of Japan (1973) – The 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake

The related topic for this episode is The 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake. All tokusatsu fans should know about this event and just how significant it was. The Submersion of Japan means so much to the Japanese people because of this event. The Tokyo earthquake in the movie is referred to in the book as “The Second Great Kanto Earthquake”. The movie started shooting on the day of the 50th anniversary of the earthquake: September 1, 1973.

This episode is dedicated to actor Keiju Kobayashi.

You can find John LeMay’s books on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/John-LeMay/e/B003KTW83K/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1539779359&sr=8-2.

Peace Winds Japan – Super Typhoon Hagibis Relief Fund: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/super-typhoon-hagibis-relief-fund/

MP3:

Part 3 – Related Topic: 0:00 – 23:28

Closing: 23:28 – End

 

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Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Jefferson Boulevard Skybridge, Fort Wayne, Indiana (Part 3 of 3)

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Episode 54 (2/3): The Submersion of Japan (1973) – Opinion and Analysis

In part two of this episode, I present my opinion and analysis of The Submersion of Japan. I address the science behind the story, the Japanese cultural details throughout the movie, and I cover all the other incredible aspects of this epic movie. Is it a horror movie? In a national way, it is. You’ll be able to tell this movie is one of my all-time top favorites! The remaining third of the episode will be released tomorrow.

This episode is dedicated to actor Keiju Kobayashi.

You can find John LeMay’s books on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/John-LeMay/e/B003KTW83K/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1539779359&sr=8-2.

Peace Winds Japan – Super Typhoon Hagibis Relief Fund: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/super-typhoon-hagibis-relief-fund/

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Part 2 – Opinion and Analysis: 0:00 – End

 

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Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Jefferson Boulevard Skybridge, Fort Wayne, Indiana (Part 2 of 3)

Music: Audiophiliac (www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

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Episode 54 (1/3): The Submersion of Japan (1973) – Film Description/Reflections/John LeMay Interview

(Included in this third: Intro/Part 1 Film Description/Reflections on Disaster Movies/John LeMay Interview) The highest-grossing Japanese movie of the 1970s has received the royal Kaijuvision treatment! An epic episode for an epic movie! In this third of the episode, I present the Part 1 Film Description, reflect on 70s disaster movies, and interview author John LeMay, who loves this movie as much as I do. We also both have read the English translation of the book. The remaining two thirds of the episode will be released tomorrow and the day after.

This episode is dedicated to actor Keiju Kobayashi.

You can find John LeMay’s books on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/John-LeMay/e/B003KTW83K/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1539779359&sr=8-2.

Peace Winds Japan – Super Typhoon Hagibis Relief Fund: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/super-typhoon-hagibis-relief-fund/

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 4:44

Part 1 – Film Description: 4:44 – 14:21

Part 2 – General Reflections: 14:21 – 21:40

John LeMay Interview: 21:40 – End

 

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Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Guest Co-Host: John LeMay

Video Location: Jefferson Boulevard Skybridge, Fort Wayne, Indiana (Part 1 of 3)

Music: Audiophiliac (www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

“Torii Gate” Banners: Kevin Geary (kevincgearydesign.com)

Logos: Nanoparticles (www.fiverr.com/nanoparticles)

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Coming Full Circle: Takuma Sato, the Indy 500, and Godzilla

by Brian Scherschel

Since the beginning, Kaijuvision Radio has had a unique mission.  Hence the emphasis on culture, history, and global issues.

This mission carries over into social media.  There are plenty of sources on Godzilla-related news already.  Why devote time to duplicating what’s already out there?  Everyone’s seen the latest “King of the Monsters screenshot”.  Not everyone knows about what’s going on in the South China Sea.

That’s why I post about Japanese history, current events in East Asia, and Japan-related stories of local interest.  Just because something isn’t directly related to Godzilla, it has to do with the show’s mission.

Takuma Sato won the Indianapolis 500 in 2017.  He’s the first Japanese man (and thee first Asian man) to do this.  He made history.  Kaijuvision is produced in Fort Wayne.  So, I decided there should be an article about this historical event.  It’s a story of local interest.

After all, there are two connections to the Indianapolis 500 in Godzilla movies.  In All Monsters Attack (1969), Ichiro’s bully wears an Indianapolis 500 shirt.  In the episode on that film, I said how that’s maybe a reference to the give-and-take relationship that the US and Japan have on some issues.  The second connection is in Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973).  Hiroshi drives a car that has an Indianapolis 500 sticker on the window.  See the original blog post about Takuma Sato here.

Similarly, sports figure Hideki Matsui is nicknamed Godzilla.  Matsui had his own cameo in Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002).

It turns out there’s much more of a connection to Godzilla than previously known.  A visitor to Kaijuvision.com sent these pictures via a comment on the original Takuma Sato blog post:

Source: Rob McEwen

Source: Rob McEwen

That’s so cool!!

Ever since 1954, Godzilla has been an expression of the Japanese National Spirit, just like Sato’s achievement is.

So two years later, the connection between Godzilla and Takuma Sato’s win at the Indy 500 has come full circle!