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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.

Director:

Shinji Higuchi

Writers:

Sakyo Komatsu (novel) (as Sakyô Komatsu), Masato Kato (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tsuyoshi Kusanagi Tsuyoshi Kusanagi ... Toshio Onodera
Ko Shibasaki ... Reiko Abe (as Kô Shibasaki)
Etsushi Toyokawa Etsushi Toyokawa ... Yusuke Tadokoro
Mao Daichi Mao Daichi ... Saori Takamori
Mitsuhiro Oikawa Mitsuhiro Oikawa ... Shinji Yuki
Mayuko Fukuda ... Misaki Kuraki
Hideko Yoshida Hideko Yoshida ... Tamae Tanokura
Akira Emoto Akira Emoto ... Prof. Fukuhara
Jun Kunimura ... Kyosuke Nozaki
Kôji Ishizaka Kôji Ishizaka ... Prime Minister Yamamoto
Ken'ichi Endô Ken'ichi Endô ... Shin-ichirou Nakata
Takeshi Katô Takeshi Katô ... Prof.Yamashiro
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hideaki Anno ... Yamashiro's Son in law
Moyoco Anno Moyoco Anno ... Yamashiro's Daughter
Harutoshi Fukui Harutoshi Fukui
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 July 2006 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Doomsday: The Sinking of Japan See more »

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Opening Weekend:

JPY 598,694,766 (Japan), 16 July 2006, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Cameo: Yoshiyuki Tomino - who is known for his nickname, "Kill 'Em All Tomino" See more »

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doesn't quite hang together
6 May 2007 | by CountZero313See all my reviews

This film has some nice special effects, tearing apart the Japanese archipelago to a degree that would humble Godzilla. The two leads also put in above-par performances. Apart from that, it is all a bit ropey in this understated disaster flick. The incongruities in the pacing are bizarre. At one point we have Hokkaido sinking into the sea and pyroclastic snow falling on the rest of Japan, while Osaka is buried under an immense tsunami. Yet elsewhere in the country, people are still strolling around sightseeing and licking ice-cream when another tsunami rolls in... Kusanagi also manages to travel great distances without any hindrance, or even a crease in his cream shirt. Other people turn up with burns, ripped clothes and mud-streaks on their faces.

The Japaneseness of the film is both touching and repugnant. Kusanagi's sacrifice in his final evening with Shibasaki is a touch of chivalry seldom seen in this genre these days. However, the ill-fated PMs musings on the Japanese psyche and the seduction of death, and the fact that Japan is abandoned by everyone and has no friends in the last instance, hint at a darker paranoia that infects Japanese concerns regarding their status in the world.

Sadly, the final sequence is a rip-off of Armaggedon, edited with a cookie-cutter.

Finally, my own particular bug-bear - the heavy handed product placement for cigarettes. This time around, it is mad(-or-is-he?) scientist Toyokawa who gets to be the poster boy for Japan Tobacco. At one point, he manages to light up 5000 meters below the ocean surface, in a miniature sub the size of a phone box. Gimme a break.


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