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/

MP3:

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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The Greatness of Toho Classic Sci-Fi

by Brian Scherschel

On September 19th, Kaijuvision Radio will begin its 2nd season.

Now that the Godzilla journey is over, it’s time to visit the kaiju we didn’t get to last season.  In this new chronological journey, I’ll be tackling many of the classic Toho sci-fi movies that don’t have Godzilla in them.  That includes non-Godzilla kaiju movies as well as non-kaiju tokusatsu movies.  The time period is 1955-1977: 22 years of fun, fantastic, and underrated Toho classics.  There will be episodes for the new Godzilla movies as they come out too.

The Submersion of Japan (1973)

Kaijuvision is sticking with the creative community that brought us the Showa Godzilla movies, including Ishiro Honda, Tomoyuki Tanaka, Shinichi Sekizawa, Akira Ikufube, Masaru Sato, and Teruyoshi Nakano.  Of course we get to see many of Toho’s contract actors like Akira Takarada, Kumi Mizuno, Akihiko Hirata, and Takashi Shimura.  We even get to see Toshiro Mifune in this season!  Haruo Nakajima often played the kaiju depicted in these movies.

I love the concepts and ideas that these movies present to the viewers.  These movies are intriguing and fascinating.  They make you want to watch them again and again.  Almost all of them are in wonderful color, and many are filmed in Tohoscope.  Additionally many of Toho’s best actors were in these films.  In contrast, American sci-fi movies were often relegated to black and white film, and good actors often avoided them.

These films are not only interesting, but they’re also culturally relevant.  They tap into the Japanese cultural zeitgeist like many of the best Godzilla movies do.  Since Kaijuvision excels in examining these kinds of connections, they make perfect sense to analyze.

What’s great is that these movies are more available and more affordable than they ever have been before.  Many of them used to be “rare DVDs”.  The DVD guide for these movies came out last week, so check out where to buy them.  As current listeners know, Kaijuvision Radio prefers the Japanese versions with English subtitles.  It’s much closer to the real thing than these sometimes horrific English dubs.

So strap yourselves in for another season of movie greatness!

Here again is the list:

Half Human (1955), The Mysterians (1957), Varan (1958), The Three Treasures (1959), Battle in Outer Space (1959), The Last War (1961), Gorath (1962), Matango (1963), Atragon (1963), Dogora, the Space Monster (1964), Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965), War of the Gargantuas (1966), Latitude Zero (1969), Space Amoeba (1970), The Submersion of Japan (1973), War in Space (1977).