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Not Rated
Copyright 1974 Toho International
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Doctor Nishiyama - Scientist extraordinaire, this guy has all the answers, trouble is no one listens.
  • Nishiyama's Wife - Lays around sick for most of the film, her honest purpose is to die so Nishiyama can grieve and show his humanity.
  • Mariko - Nishiyama's daughter who gets knocked up by Elvis. (I'll explain in a minute.)
  • Elvis - Photographer guy with big hair. No idea what his real name was, but he does kind of look like "The King."
  • Nostradamus - Prophet who never saw this bad movie coming.
  • Giant bats, giant slugs, giant leeches, giant weeds, and bird eating trees - Products of our abusing the planet.
  • Lots of Hypothetical People - Fodder.

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The Plot: 

Prophecies are dark and muddled things, often confusing to those trying to interpret them. We all understand that, it's in the rules. Motion pictures about prophecies seem to fall under the same statutes, at least in Toho's book.

Of all the confusing silliness, this film is honestly all over the place. Complaints you ask? Oh, I have grievances, not the least of which is I don't know half the people's names in this movie and I watched it three times! Of the people whose names I do know only about half of them matter! Nishiyama's chubby little assistant for example, he is "Yahari" or something to that effect, but the photographer guy who appears in half the movie and gets Mariko pregnant? No idea!

The movie shuffles its way through silly plot point after silly plot point, most of which are related to pollution. Even the radioactive cloud hovering over New Guinea is attributed to it. Who the hell has been dumping that stuff? Pennsylvania again? (Three-Mile Island joke for you slow ones.)

We do get treated to some truly amazing creatures, especially the giant slugs which are barely contained by troops using flamethrowers. A foot long slug is impressive, but salt costs about fifty cents a pound.

Shifts from what Nishiyama and family experience to grand catastrophes are numbing, though I did find myself humming snippets of Godzilla theme music on occasion. When finally all hell breaks loose and nuclear missiles fly I was so relieved, since it meant the end (of this movie) was near.


This is just a small part of Bangs and Whimpers, make sure you read these other great reviews for "End of the World Films:"
B-Notes: Holocaust 2000
Jabootu's Bad Movie Dimension: Robot Monster
Oh the Humanity: The Day the Earth Caught Fire
And You Call Yourself A Scientist!: On the Beach
The Bad Movie Report: The Doomsday Machine
Cold Fusion Video Reviews: Image of the Beast

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Nostradamus was a Japanese man.
  • Giant slugs can only be stopped with flamethrowers.
  • Sex makes women cry.
  • Dark subway tunnels promote wild and amazing plant growth.
  • When blizzards hit Hawaii there is a problem.
  • Pygmies love airplanes.
  • Blood is stored in VeryFine juice bottles.
  • If the Concorde ever explodes in midair it will destroy the Ozone Layer.
  • Just when you think things couldn't get any worse the 60's are back.
  • A traffic jam made up entirely of Ford Pintos is trouble waiting to happen.
  • After nuclear war anyone in a military bunker will be dead, but their fingers will be on the button, seemingly glued there.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 6 mins - Hey kid, dying of respiratory failure? Have some candy...
  • 15 mins - You three can't stop this old man?
  • 18 mins - Look, I don't care if these two idiots are in love, let's get on to the next scene.
  • 21 mins - Why is there a radioactive cloud over New Guinea?
  • 22 mins - My thoughts exactly.
  • 51 mins - Godzilla should come tromping out of the water about now.
  • 53 mins - Hot Wheels cars!
  • 67 mins - You may only join this mob if armed with a stick.
  • 72 mins - Wipe your nose for goodness sakes Nishiyama, how can I feel sorry for you with that hanging out?
  • 77 mins - Don't touch her baby, er fetus!

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note lastdays1.wav Narrator: "Nostradamus forecast that Armageddon would come in the Twentieth Century, the days in which we live."
Green Music Note lastdays2.wav Nishiyama: "We've no idea what made those slugs grow to such an enormous size. Anyway, in Japan now days how many of us know what's in the food we eat?"
Green Music Note lastdays3.wav Scientist1: "Look at that! I never imagined a tree like that could even exist!"
Scientist2: "Normally it wouldn't; it must be some kind of mutation."
Scientist3: "That's right, probably caused by radioactivity."
Green Music Note lastdays4.wav Nishiyama: "Politicians are human beings like any others!"
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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Ford Pinto, sign of the apocalypse.

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Last Days of Planet Earth
Reply #9. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by barry kaufman
Out of curiosity, I searched Last Days of Planet Earth and was one of the first listings on the search engine. is as superfluous and annoying as the Medveds' "Golden Turkey Awards". The type of criticism that approaches older, lower budget films as inferior and takes cinema completely out of cultural context.  Mostly a product of the film brat generation, which loves to label unworthy films as "cheesy"(I hate that word), yupster "bad movie" lovers wouldn't know an inspired film unless somebody else told them.

That being said, Last Days of Planet Earth is certainly a flawed film. But while it is clumsy at times, the oppressive atmosphere of dread and pessimism make this an oddly compelling piece. There are some impressive special effects (the chain reaction traffic jam explosion), and some not-so-impressive ones (the little girl who can jump 20 feet into the air). My main complaint is that the tacked on conclusion following the nuclear holocaust and grotesque radioactive mutant feeding frenzy is a cop-out.

Finally, the atrociously dubbed dialogue is the fault of domestic and/or UK distributors, and has nothing to do with the Japanese film as it was originally produced.

Last Days of Planet Earth
Reply #10. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by grin
There is one thing this movie teaches us.

If the Concorde ever explodes in midair it will destroy the Ozone Layer.

No really. Go run screaming from your homes! You must see this movie. As dumb and cheesey as it apears today, it's also quite good and artsy in parts. Chilling too.

No...wait.....yeah it was just bad.
Last Days of Planet Earth
Reply #11. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Steven
It's one of those fun bad movies. It's horrible, yet, you can't stop watching it. I am even thinking about trying to find it, and buy it myself.
Re: Last Days of Planet Earth
Reply #12. Posted on May 29, 2008, 12:02:27 AM by minjofu
As kooky as this film was, I remember catching the last part of it, the part with the little mutant people, at like 3 am one night.. well, I woke up to them on my television rather, and for some reason they creeped the ever loving crap out of me..

.. well, so did the monkey people at the beginning of 2001:ASO ..   
Re: Last Days of Planet Earth
Reply #13. Posted on January 04, 2010, 09:31:26 PM by annoymous
 When this was made it was not ment to hammer in the message that you need to protect your environment, in fact the movie was actually based off of a book in Japan and was just ment as a cautionary diaster movie. The last days of planet earth version screws this up and makes it all doom and gloom, plus this version is missing about 26 mins of footage from the uncut 114 minute version of the film which can be only rarely seen because it was banned in Japan, and the dubbing doesn't help any either as film is based on performances and the dubbers usually don't give 100%, so don't be so hard on the japanese who made the film be hard on the film distributors who released this pile of crap.
Re: Last Days of Planet Earth
Reply #14. Posted on January 10, 2010, 02:40:49 PM by annoyomous
If you get the chance to see the international version you will be able to sort of get the movie as it was originally released but a few scenes have been deleted out of the international version and then even further cut in the last days of planet earth cut, now originally in the uncut version we are shown the past desendants of Dr. Nishiyama being persecuted for his belief in the prophecies of nostradamus, a female narrator replaces the narrator in last days of planet earth who reads out the prophecies in a creepy mannner. There's a subplot in the uncut version were Nishiyama's assistant is having a kid, but the kid ends up dying of pollution, this connects to the scene with the pediatrician talking about the deformed babies and weird shots of wife and assistant later. This subplot is in neither the international cut or the last days cut. The narrator narrates less in the international version, the slug scene was re-edited showing things multiple times over in the last days cut, nudity on the boat scene with mariko was cut from last days, cannibalism was cut out of the new guinea scenes including two natives shown eating one of the explorers in the bed, the cave scene with the discovery of the past search group was a little more graphic with  nishiyama removing some of the skin off of one of the mutated scientists. The scene with mariko on the beach is cut to seem that she is crazy, but she is not, dialogue between the dying wife and nishiyama was cut and a speech by the prime minister were both cut from the international version and last days cut, the montage at the end of last days is not in the international version. The first meeing between mariko and her boyfriend a a dancing studio was cut also. By the way elvis' name is actually Akira or  something like that. If you look on youtube and typein La find du monde  D'apres Nostradamus you will find videos of the weird french cut to this film, its in french with no subtitles so it will be a litle hard to understand.
Re: Last Days of Planet Earth
Reply #15. Posted on February 06, 2010, 02:18:24 PM by oxode
Giant slugs ? No problem, add garlic and call the french!
Re: Last Days of Planet Earth
Reply #16. Posted on April 24, 2011, 02:13:17 PM by Criswell
The Japanese version of this movie is a lot better!
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