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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 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 volcanic eruption. Saoro fills the resulting vacuum in leadership and decides that Dr. Tadokoro's plan to blow holes in the disintegrating tectonic tectonic plate is the best remaining hope to not only save the people, but what remains of the country itself. Ironically it was her career that hastened their divorce 20 years earlier. Misaki becomes orphaned following her mother's death from earthquake injuries, and bonds with Reiko who was similarly rescued from, but orphaned by the Kobe quake. Toshiro is offered a job in England and wants Reiko and Misaki to come with him, but Reiko feels bound to help others and refuses to leave. Fellow submarine pilot Shinji Yuki also turns down Toshiro's offer to work with him in England. Drillships place massive explosives deep in the crust, but the detonator is not placed properly and Yuki dies attempting to place it by submarine.

Product Details

  • Actors: Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Kou Shibasaki, Etsushi Toyokawa, Mao Daichi
  • Directors: Shinji Higuchi
  • Format: DVD Region, NTSC, Widescreen, Anamorphic, Subtitled
  • Subtitles: English, Chinese
  • Region: Region 3 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Edko Video (HK)
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PGKZUE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,002 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian on December 31, 2012
Format: DVD
I enjoyed this movie. Like the modern disaster films it focuses on a small group of characters, which you get to care about. The special effects are very good. It is in Japanese but it also comes with English subtitles among others languages.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By aferdman on February 28, 2014
Format: DVD
Yes, I bought this flick from other site for 1 cent plus shipping. Yes, I hoped for an entertainment of some kind--mistake, instead it is perfect propaganda of ministry of....Sure, government is trying to convince me they doing best they can and have resources and ability and desire. Hm, does reality support this idea? Never. Should I rely my expectations on my life experience or on propaganda? Avoid.
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