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The World Sinks Except Japan (2006)

Kenji Kohashi , Shuuji Kashiwabara , Minoru Kawasaki  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Kenji Kohashi, Shuuji Kashiwabara, Masatoshi Matsuo, Blake Crawford, Hiroshi Fujioka
  • Directors: Minoru Kawasaki
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,929 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The World Sinks Except Japan" on IMDb

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It's 2011, & due to global warming & the shifting of tectonic plates, most of the Earth's land mass has sunk beneath the surface of the ocean. Only Japan remains, and refugees from all nations try to incorporate themselves into Japanese society. Based on a satirical novella published in the 1970s, 'The World Sinks Except Japan' turns sci-fi on its head to create a surreal alternate universe that's both hilarious & heartfelt, & where nothing is sacred as long as it's funny.


Hilarious Controversial A wild journey into outlandish satire. --Johan Fundin, 10K BULLETS

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Satirical Sinking Saga September 1, 2012
By Ramm
I was 'intrigued' by the title of this film and the box-cover art made it look like it could be a rousing disaster flik with lotsa good Japanese style minature model work. However, the actual film took a different approach to the concept of world calamity - and I can see why some (re)viewers might feel 'let down' by it. This is actually more of a 'broad' satire on themes of climate/planet change, foreign immigration, & nationalism, and the 'not so special' effects are secondary to the human dramas that are played out. I found some of the concepts portrayed and the utilization of American and Japanese actors to be pretty entertaining and better realized than in similar attempts at blending eastern & western thespians I have viewed in other Japanese flix. The basic premise is admittedly absurd, but it is just a vehicle to stage the aforementioned themes. I've noted in watching a lot of Japanese films that their handling of 'parody' is sometimes rather 'heavy-handed' by western standards and this film may 'suffer' a bit from that syndrome. Still - if one can 'park their nationalism' at the door, there is some real cleverness at play here and, I thought, over-all a pretty enjoyable watch.

I'm 'guessing' that this film may well be a 'response' to the, diametrically opposed, movie "The Sinking of Japan" ( AKA "Japan Sinks") - which has been released in 2 incarnations... the first version by TOHO studios in the mid 1970's, and, apparently, again more recently in 2006. I have seen the TOHO version in a Japanese language only print, so I cannot remark on the subtlties of the plot & dialog, but the 'disaster' effects are very impressive (in a pre-CGI sorta way).
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Rarely do Japanese film comedies survive cultural translation. Here is an exception, since the satire is so broad brushed you can’t miss at least some of the humor. From ridiculous accents spouted by nonJapanese actors to whale meat dishes to (now superfluous) world leaders and international organizations, there is tongue-in (and out-of) cheek humor directed in all directions including Japanese black humor, stereotypes, and parodies. Cheesy “special effects” add to the fun. Directing, acting (especially Hitomi Takashima), cinematography, and film score are fine. The film seems stretched out though; its satirical impact could have benefited from more judicious pruning. Subtitles are a bit long and often tardy (what actors are saying is translated after [not while] the dialog is delivered). The more you know (or think you know) about modern Japanese culture, the greater should be your amusement! WILLIAM FLANIGAN, PhD.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Stink Bomb January 1, 2009
I heard through the grapevine that this was a Japanese spoof of disaster movies and cross-cultural misconceptions. I think it's more of a spoof of a movie - something some guys with no movie-making experience put together. At first I wondered maybe if something was lost in translation, but it's just so ... uninteresting. There was a good premise here and plenty of opportunity for satire, but everything is so stiff and wooden - the acting is horrible, the dialogue is horrible, the plot is awkward and sort of series of absurd sketches (American actors out of work and performing in Japanese bars, foreign leaders kowtowing to the PM of Japan, the eccentric scientist trying to explain it all) loosely tied against the end of the world. The stereotypes aren't funny - not out of an aversion to all things politically incorrect - they're just not funny. Don't waste your time on this one.
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1.0 out of 5 stars An awful "get even" film. March 11, 2010
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If you're blessed with a twisted sense of humor, and enjoy really bad tongue-in-cheek disaster movies, then this is the flick for you. It's a parody of Japan Sinks (1975) and it's remake (2006) both made for TV. The premise is, "Every land mass, except for Japan, begins to sink below sea level. The rest of the world is clamoring for survival. How many survivors can, or will, Japan accept? Who manages to make it out alive? What is your threshold for terrible acting, awful CG, and suspension of disbelief? Well, I did warn you.
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