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Nihon chinbotsu (2006)

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
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Kyosuke Nozaki
Kôji Ishizaka ...
Prime Minister Yamamoto
Ken'ichi Endô ...
Shin-ichirou Nakata
Takeshi Katô ...
Prof.Yamashiro
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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)  »

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Doomsday: The Sinking of Japan  »

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JPY 598,694,766 (Japan) (16 July 2006)
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Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, the leading man, is a member of the very popular Japanese boy band SMAP. He has been in many TV dramas and movies. See more »

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Remake of Tidal Wave (1973) See more »

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Entertaining, within limits
11 August 2007 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

As spectacle, it's hard to fault Nihon chinbotsu. The Japanese people have benefited from their intimate relationship with the sea, and the concept of the film implies that an entire world and way of life at risk - thanks to its volcanic heritage. From the standpoint of reality it's rather silly to have a drama wherein the entirety of Japan vanishes under the waves; why just Japan?

So, presume instead that we have movie reality, fueled by spectacle (and popcorn), and some may find this quite affecting. Compared to adventures with Japanese radioactive monsters, this comes off as more mature and better paced. The emotional element is underplayed, and it really works. (It loses a bit with the overblown theme song at the climax, however.)

Is Nihon chinbotsu credible? Probably not, but the thrilling eruptions, and the relaxed pacing make for a more pleasing entertainment that one night expect.


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