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Japan Sinks (2006)
"Nihon chinbotsu" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi  |  15 July 2006 (Japan)
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Japan will sink down to the deep sea. The governments only hope is evacuate all Japanese to some other countries.

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Credited cast:
Tsuyoshi Kusanagi ...
Toshio Onodera
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Reiko Abe (as Kô Shibasaki)
Etsushi Toyokawa ...
Yusuke Tadokoro
Mao Daichi ...
Saori Takamori
Mitsuhiro Oikawa ...
Shinji Yuki
Mayuko Fukuda ...
Misaki Kuraki
Hideko Yoshida ...
Tamae Tanokura
Akira Emoto ...
Prof. Fukuhara
Jun Kunimura ...
Kyosuke Nozaki
Kôji Ishizaka ...
Prime Minister Yamamoto
Ken'ichi Endô ...
Shin-ichirou Nakata
Takeshi Katô ...
Prof.Yamashiro
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Hideaki Anno ...
Yamashiro's Son in law
Moyoco Anno ...
Yamashiro's Daughter
Harutoshi Fukui
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In the aftermath of a major earthquake under Suraga Bay, Misaki (a young girl) and Toshiro (a pilot of a deep sea submarine) are rescued from a ruined city street just as leaking gasoline ignites. Reiko Abe arrives just in time, lowered from a helicopter. Scientists predict that Japan will sink within 40 years, due to subduction of a tectonic plate to the west. However, Dr. Tadokoro, who leads an oceanic scientific team that includes Toshiro, calculates that this will happen far sooner, in only 338.54 days. He presents his findings to Prime Minister Yamamoto who decides to create a new department for impending disaster relief assigning Saoro Takamori to cover the new duties, since of all his ministers she will take it seriously but also bring "heart" to the process. As further earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions devastate Japan, the government pleads with other countries to take refugees. Yamamoto flies to China to negotiate relocations there, but his plane is destroyed by a... Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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15 July 2006 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Doomsday: The Sinking of Japan  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$579,257 (Hong Kong) (25 August 2006)

Gross:

$1,039,548 (Hong Kong) (8 September 2006)
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A disaster flick that finds the good balance between action and thought-provoking
27 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nihon Chinbotsu is another example of Japanese creativity and ingenuity. The original story written in the early seventies is truly incredible in terms of thrill and how thought-provoking it was. Very basically, the story is about the Japanese archipelago "sinking" into the ocean due to plate tectonics. I'm not an expert on this branch of science, so I can't say how realistic the science behind the disaster is, but it sounded very believable as a layman.

There are many elements which make this disaster movie stand out compared to other disaster flicks like Day After Tomorrow, Independence Day, Twister, etc. No matter what devastation there is in the aforementioned movies, the land itself remains to fix. The people can rise out of the rubble, is usually the end of the film. However, Japan sinking means that the Japanese can't do anything to rebuild their homeland. Japanese will have to live somewhere else forever. Which raises many philosophical questions. What happens to a people without a homeland? Are the Japanese going to be worth anything to the other nations when they've lost their factories, cities, cultural artifacts? More specifically, do the Japanese today have any value? Will the Japanese have to simply assimilate into other nations and disappear as a unique civilization?

This film is a remake of the 1970s classic which is itself the film adaptation of the novel. There are many changes, one being the obvious CGI which is on par with Hollywood standards (which some may find a prerequisite for a good disaster film). But there are some crucial story edits that some may find for better or worse. I personally found the differences neither better or worse, just another alternate ending. This remake however is a bit faster pace and focuses more on the destruction and relies heavily on the action to keep people excited, which was probably not the intention of Komatsu Sakyo, the author. The questions raised continue to exist in this remake but are not the main focus of the film.

In conclusion, this remake is exciting as an action packed disaster flick with great CGI destroying familiar sites (if you're Japanese) as well as a thought-provoking film. What's great about it is that if you want to just watch it as an action flick, you can, if you want to think about the questions raised, you can as well, but you won't be forced to. It's a good balance. I would recommend it.


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