International Title
Japanese Title
 [Fukkatsu no Hi]
Production: Kadokawa / TBS
Distributor: Toho Japan: 1980
  Time: 156 minutes
Initial US Title
US Distributor: Boardwood Productions (1969) Time: 108 minutes
Alternate Movie Titles:
Day of Ressurection [Literal Translation]
Last Refuge: Antarctica [Italian Title]
Overkill: Through Hell to Eternity [German Title]
Deadly Virus [Norwegian Title]
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The Neried, a British submarine, arrives in the waters of a decimated Tokyo. Japanese scientist Shuzo Yoshizumi looks over the readout of his destroyed home town. He recalls how it happened, going back to the year 1982. This marked the creation of pathogenic viral strain called MM-88. The virus, created in secret by the United States, was stolen by the East German communists. Realizing the risks present, the US government sends in a group of covert agents to recover the virus. Although they obtain the virus, they miscalculate while trying to escape undetected. This results in their plane crashing due to the low altitude in the mountains. The impact sends the vial with the virus shattering into a nearby rock, exposing it to the open air. Before long, the virus begins to kill live stock in countries. It mutates to take human hosts, causing an epidemic in Italy that gives it the name the "Italian flu". In just a few months, the virus spreads to global levels. In the end, the virus wipes out almost all humanity. The only survivors are a group of 863 located in Antarctica, members from bases for various world nations. They are spared as the virus cannot survive in the cold temperature. There troubles are far from over, though...

Directed by Kinji Fukasaku
Writing credits Koji Takada, Kinji Fukasaku, Sakyo Komatsu, Gregory Knapp
Produced by Ken Fujiyama, Haruki Kadokawa
Music by Kentaro Haneda, Teo Macero, Janis Ian
Cinematography by Daisaku Kimura
Film Editing by Akira Suzuki
Production Design by Yoshinaga Yoko
Assistant Director Masaaki Tezuka, Kazuo Yoshida, Ken Fujiyama
Shuzo Yoshizumi, Doctor Masao Kusakari
Carter, Major Bo Svenson
Marit Olivia Hussey
Barkley Robert Vaughn
MacCloud, Captain Chuck Connors
Richardson, President Glenn Ford
Conway, Admiral George Kennedy
Garland, General Henry Silva
Sarah Baker Stephanie Faulkner
Mayer, Doctor Stuart Gillard
Latour, Doctor Cec Linder
Nakanishi, Commander Isao Natsuyagi
Ollich, Doctor Eve Crawford
Tsuchiya, Professor Ken Ogata
Yamauchi, Doctor Sonny Chiba
Noriko, Nurse Yumi Takigawa
Akimasa Matsuo Toshiyuki Nagashima
Tsuchiya, Professor Ken Ogata
Lopez, Captain Edward James Olmos
Yasuo Tatsuno Tsunehiko Watase
Ryuji Sanazawa Kensaku Morita
Borodinov, Doctor Chris Wiggins
Nevsky, Captain John Evans
Showa Station Team Members Haruki Kadokawa, Tadashi Takatsuki, Takeshige Hatanaka, Chikara Gonoue, Eiji Yuki
Palmer Station Radio Operator Nicholas Campbell
Palmer Station Secretaries Julie Khaner, Danielle Schneider, Laura Pennington, Diane Lasko, Patricia Rego
Nurses Tayori Hinatsu, Keiko Ito, Tomoko Igarashi, Sachiko Sato
Monster Appearances Aliens, SDF, Misc
None HMS Nereid, Submarine T232


Box Office
Release Date: June 26th, 1980 (Japan)
Budget: ¥2,500,000,000 / $11,000,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)
Distribution Earning: ¥2,400,000,000 / $11,500,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)
Total: ¥3,600,000,000 / $17,000,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)

DVDs and Blu-Ray
Region 1 Virus Echo Bridge (2001) Order
Region 1 Virus Diamond Entertainment (2003) Order
Region 1 Classic Disaster Movies American Home Treasures (2003) Order
Region 1 Sonny Chiba Action Pack BCI (2006) Order
Region 1 Virus Reel Classic Films (2007) Order
Region 1 Virus Reel Classic Films (2008) Order
Region 2 Day of Resurrection Kadokawa (2002)
Region 0 Virus Moonstone Pictures (2001)
Region 0 Virus Miracle Pictures (2002)

CD Soundtracks


J.L. Carrozza Star Rating
May 7, 2006