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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: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EAWMLU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,813 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.

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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 By Ramm on September 1, 2012
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William F. Flanigan Jr. on May 20, 2014
Format: DVD
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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This is a poorly acted campy film which I loved because it is a satire on many levels. After all the world sinks, except Japan, the island nation becomes the home to foreigners who over run the country. Japan still wants to maintain its identity and culture. The problem of the film is that every scene, every word, is a satire of something, making the viewer engage with the film.

In one scene we see Japanese eat whales and bald eagles because they are not protected while bashing hungry foreigners going after their sacred carp. US stars must now prostitute themselves and a little guy from North Korea wants to run the world. In one scene our starlet talks about "a country with only yellow monkeys" which made it by the PC police. Even the size of Japanese manhood makes the satire list. The film laughs at Japanese films which "look so cheap."

Global warming causes the sinking and the theme of the film is that life is short on this earth, we are global and need to get along. It is all about sharing the mitt.

I loved this film. I can see where most people won't.

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