Sinking of Japan (Japanese)

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Director: Shinji Higuchi
Starring: Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Kou Shibasaki, Etsushi Toyokawa
RunTime: 135 mins
Genre: Disaster
Rating: PG
Will Appeal To: Fans of disaster flicks (think pale-down version of Armageddon)

Many were looking forward to Sinking of Japan, especially when it was a hit about 33 years back. A lot of people around love watching "the-end-of-days" kind of movies and make themselves feel paranoid. If you have not got enough from Armageddon and The Day After Tomorrow, Japan Sinking may just be the alternative.

It is revealed that the island nation of Japan will sink into the ocean in less than one year! Earthquakes, tidal waves and volcanic eruptions roil the country, leaving millions dead and stranded. If you are there for the CGI, it is only impressive to a certain extent. It is one of those films that the best parts are already in the trailer.

If you are there for the story, I am afraid it is almost non-existent. Characterisation is not strong, and audience do not really care if the leads dies at the end or not (unless you are a SMAP fan). The love story in middle only serves to add mushy lines and plenty of minutes to an already draggy movie. Zzz...

A disappointing affair, as it could have packed more punch and emotions into it. We want to watch disaster flicks for two reasons: special effects and trauma. The scenes were shot too widely (thus you don't feel the impact) while the latter was not played to the fullest.

Japan Sinking – Barely staying afloat

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