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Posts Tagged ‘Kou Shibasaki’

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). Read the rest of this entry »

Battle Royale (2000)


This must be one of the most popular Japanese movies released into the international market and It should be. Based on a novel by Takami Koshun the story is about a group of school students going on their end of year school trip. Although the students are secretly drugged and then shipped to an abandoned island to take part in…Battle Royale

Battle Royale is a law which has been allowed by the government to allow a group of students to live on an island for three days to kick one another until there is one person left alive, they are all giving a bag, which contains a map of the island, a compose, food, water and a weapon (the weapons range from a Pot Lid to a Pump Action Shot Gun). Of course the students didn’t believe this at all until there teacher Mr. Kitano (played by ‘Beat’ Takashi) arrives and tells them there is no escape, unless they all die apart from one. Mr. Kinato seems ruthless to begin with as he kills two of the students, Sakura Ogawa (played by Tomomi Shimaki) and Nobu (played by Kukihiro Kontai). Read the rest of this entry »

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