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Sinking Of Japan [DVD]

Tsuyoshi Kusanagi , Kou Shibasaki , Shinji Higuchi    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Kou Shibasaki, Etsushi Toyokawa, Mao Daichi, Mitsuhiro Oikawa
  • Directors: Shinji Higuchi
  • Producers: Toshiaki Nakazawa
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: MVM Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Mar 2010
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0032YNDIM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,810 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Japanese disaster movie. In the aftermath of a major earthquake, oceanologists predict that the entire landmass of Japan will sink into the sea within a year owing to a major tectonic shift. As massive earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis rock the country, increasingly frantic efforts are made to evacuate as many of the country's citizens as possible. One scientist, Dr Tadokoro (Etsushi Toyokawa), comes up with a plan that could possibly save the country, but can it be implemented in time?

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Japanese ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Japanese ( Dolby DTS 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: In the aftermath of a major earthquake, a young girl and the captain of a submarine are rescued. It transpires the earthquake is a minor precursor to far greater devastation with the scientific community predicting that Japan will sink without trace in less than a year. As further earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions devastate Japan, the scientists devise a last ditch plan to save what remains of Japan by blowing holes in the disintegrating tectonic plate - a suicidal mission that will require the deployment of massive explosives deep in the earth's crust and calls upon the bravery and skill of the submarine captain. ...The Sinking of Japan ( Nihon chinbotsu ) ( Japan Sinks )

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
It may only have made it to DVD in the West to cash in on 2012, but the 2006 version of Sinking of Japan turns out not to be the cheesefest the title and DVD cover promise but a not at all bad attempt at a thinking person's disaster movie - this is more Deep Impact than Armageddon. It doesn't always succeed, but it makes a serious attempt. Of course, the Japanese film industry have been destroying their major cities for decades, and even adapted the novel in 1973 with an Americanised version with added Lorne Greene making its way into US theatres as Tidal Wave.

Certainly the pretitle sequence of an air-sea rescue man coming to the rescue of a woman and child during a volcanic eruption holds the promise of plenty of dumb heroics, but it's merely a prelude to the film's central premise: that due to subduction of tectonic plates Japan will sink into the sea, and much faster than the government has planned for. Rather than going for a Roland Emmerich-style orgy of destruction, the film instead focuses more on the spiritual as well as practical questions that arise. Beyond issues of calculating the number of dead and trying to negotiate the relocation of the entire population on a reluctant world while the Yen falls and the worldwide emigrant influx in the wake of the country's staggered evacuation causes racial tensions, the film gives increasing weight to the idea of dying with (rather than for) your country - after all, what kind of life is left if your whole life and identity is tied up in a place? Within a generation will there even be any real Japanese left if there is no Japan?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!! 17 Feb 2010
I'm so pleased this remake of a 1973 movie which was known as TIDAL WAVE in a badly edited version is finally coming out in the UK. Obviously to cash in on the forthcoming release of "2012", but I would say this movie, which pre-dates "2012" by 3 years and contains elements that Roland Emmerich could have easily borrowed, is superior in many ways. Okay, we have goofy disaster movie science where crustal instability,extreme quakes and volcanic activity cause the islands of Japan to sink into the ocean, and how will we save the country . . . but the effects are the thing here. Earthquakes rip through cities and cause massive fissures in the land mass, giant tsunamis drown Tokyo, Mount Fuji erupts and we follow a cross section of survivors ranging from the scientist out to save the world to his family searching for higher ground to find safety on. Also the evacuation of Japan is covered - how would the rest of the world cope with an influx of refugees? Overall, like the Korean movie HAEUNDAE(aka TIDAL WAVE) which was out in 2009, this is a cut above American movies of this genre and comes highly recommended. I also hope "252 Signal Of Life" gets a UK release soon!
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5.0 out of 5 stars happy 22 May 2013
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very happy with this item shame about all the writing you have to do on everything you buy now er days it not easy to have a simple life
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By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I watched this film before reading the novel and already then I didn't like it much - but once I read the book, I realised that the director completely changed both the story and the message which figured in the novel, and it was a change to worse.

As it is rather clear by simply looking on the cover, this is the story of a great cataclysm, which threatens Japan - and it is so serious, that the very existence of the country can be jeopardized! The governement and the citizens struggle to find ways to react to this threat, but the time is short, and as the story progresses, it is getting even shorter.

Now, I was maybe too spoiled by films like 'Deep Impact", "Day after tomorrow", "Dante's Peak", "The last day of the dinosaurs" and "2012", but the cataclysm in this film didn't impress me much. Such a monstrous event should be filmed with more means and more effects, or abandon the effects and focus entirely on human side of the tragedies - but the director tried to show the cataclysm clearly without having both the budget and the know-how and the result is poor. As for the human dimension, it is even less well shown, due mostly to the wooden performance of most of the actors and a rather poor scenario.

I found that the film lacked the tension which is almost unsufferable in the novel and also didn't give enough screen time to the politicians who in the novel play a much more important role.
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