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Doomsday: The Sinking of Japan (2006)

Nihon chinbotsu (original title)
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 ... 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
Koji Ishizaka Koji Ishizaka ... Prime Minister Yamamoto (as Kôji Ishizaka)
Ken'ichi Endô ... Shin-ichirou Nakata
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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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$51,127,401
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Tetsurô Tanba, who plays the role of Reiko's granddad, is famous for his role of Tiger Tanaka in the James Bond movie, "You Only Live Twice". See more »

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A Poor Remake
23 July 2006 | by dballredSee all my reviews

Nihon Chinbotsu is a science fiction story set in the near future. In this story, geologists discover that all of Japan is being sucked under the ocean by plate tectonics. It covers the ongoing disaster from the perspective of several people directly affected by the events, from ordinary people to scientists, rescue workers, and political leaders.

This movie is a remake of a 1973 film of the same title and, in many ways, is a major rewrite. While an excellent premise based loosely upon actual plate tectonics, the elements of social shock which were central to the original film are totally absent from this try, replacing the original message-laden content with Godzilla-style entertainment.

If there's any single impression one can get from a side-by-side comparison of the two films, it's just how far special effects have come over the last 30-odd years. Nonetheless, special effects alone cannot make a great film. I gave this a five out of ten rating.


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