Sinking of Japan (2006)

Plot: When a underwater volcano erupts it leaves Japan in turmoil.  After the damage is done it’s determined that Japan is in fact sinking and they have under a year left before Japan is submerged.

Review: Sinking of Japan AKA Japan Sinking is going to be difficult to sum up with out comparing it to the American blockbusters; Day After Tomorrow and 2012. I have little interest in the natural disaster genre and the slow start to this movie left me with little hope and interest towards the movie and its ill fated cast.

Based on the original novel by Sakyo Komatsu, it focuses on three characters who are brought together by the first eruption. Our leading lady is Reiko (Kou Shibasaki), is part of an elite rescue squad. She saves both our leading man, submarine research pilot Onoder (Tsuyoshi Kusanagi) and wondering orphan child Misaki (Mayuko Fukuda).

The movie starts off slow and complicated, but I will admit by the time a plan to save Japan is brought forward the movie becomes appealing, if only to be spoiled by the occasional Japanese pop duo ballad that spoils the final dramatic moments.

One of the main selling points of this movie would be the blockbuster special effects, watching the explosions and the tidal waves are impressive, but nothing we haven’t seen before.

Acting credit goes to the veteran actor Etsushi Toyokawa, his stellar performance as the leading marine scientist who discovers the country’s time is running out quicker than what everyone was expecting.

Being honest, I admit the movie hasn’t left a lasting impression on me, but I would recommend this as a rental for fans of Japanese Cinema.

One Response to “Sinking of Japan (2006)”

  • Drunken Master:

    Disaster movies are obviously the thing at the moment. Funny enough, this is on my rental list.

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