A Guide to Apocalyptic Cinema

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Virus (1980)

AKA Fukkatsu No Hi (Day of Rebirth)

Rating: ** Threat: Virus and nuclear weapons

Toho. Written by Koji Takaga, Gregory Knapp & Kinji Fukasaku based on the novel Fukkatsu No Hi by Sakyo Komatsu; Photographed by Daisaku Kimura; Special effects by Ichiro Higa; Edited by Akira Suzuki; Music by Teo Macero; Produced by Haruki Kadokawa; Directed by Kinji Fukasaku. Original version, 155 minutes; International version, 106 minutes.


Chuck Connors (McCloud, British submarine captain); Glenn Ford (Richardson, U.S. president), Olivia Hussey (Marit, sole survivor from Norway Station): George Kennedy (Adm. Richard Conway, commander of Palmer Station) Masao Kusakari (Dr. Yoshizumi, seismologist from Showa Station); Edward J. Olmos (Capt. Lopez, head of Frey Station); Henry Silva (Gen. Garland, head of Joint Chiefs of Staff); Bo Svenson (Maj. Carter, Conway's assistant) Robert Vaughan (Senator Barkley, head of Defense Oversight Committee); Stephanie Faulkner (Sarah. Baker, member of Palmer Station) Stuart Gillard (Dr. Edward Meyer, inventor of MM88); Cec Under (Dr. Latour, French doctor in Antarctica); Isao Natsuki (Dr. Nakanishi, head of Showa Station); Sonny Chiba (Dr. Yamauchi, member of Showa Station); Chris Wiggins (Dr. Borodinov, Soviet head of Mirny Station); John Evans (Capt. Nevsky, military expert, Mirny Station); Eve Crawford (Dr. Irma Ollich, Palmer Station member); John Granik (Dr. Turowicz, Soviet scientist); John Bayliss (Major King, Palmer Station officer); Ara Hovanessian (Major Giron, Palmer Station officer); Ted Follows (Major Barnes, Palmer Station officer); George Touliatos (Colonel Rankin, Military head of Operation Phoenix); Larry Reynolds (Morrison, cabinet member); David Gardner (Watt, cabinet member); Dan Kippy (Reed, cabinet member); William Binney (Simmons, cabinet member); Ron Hartman (Dr. Rogers, scientific head of Operation Phoenix); Ken Pogue (Dr. Krauss, bacteriologist in Leipzig); Ken Camroux (Jones, second-in-command of Nereid); Gordon Thompson (radio operator of Nereid); Matt Hawthorne (navigator of Nereid); Yumi Takigawa (Noriko, Tokyo physician); Jan Muszynski (Ensign Smirnov, acting commander of Soviet submarine); Charles L. Campbell (TV reporter).


Although impressive and eloquent on many levels, the reach of this ambitious epic seems to extend its grasp. The film seems hampered by a labyrinthian plot, which causes it to ramble. The story awkwardly includes a double apocalypse, since the world is first destroyed by a virus and then the survivors in Antarctica


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