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Sinking of Japan Standard Edition (2006 Version) (Japan Version)
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Japan sinks! Proving once again that Japan will never cease to find inventive ways to destroy itself on screen, this summer's blockbuster Sinking of Japan brings apocalypse through tectonics. Based on Sakyo Komatsu's bestselling novel, Sinking of Japan was first put on the big screen in Moritani Shiro's 1973 classic. In 2006, director Higuchi Shinji remakes the disaster movie, taking the story to new levels with a huge budget, stunning CG special effects, and superstars Kusanagi Tsuyoshi (from Smap) and Shibasaki Kou (Memories of Matsuko and Orange Days) in the leading roles.

Due to tectonic plate collisions, Japan is literally sinking into the ocean. Informed that the archipelago will be no more in 40 years' time, the government discreetly tries to arrange for massive migration. Scientist Tadokoro (Toyokawa Etsushi) and submarine pilot Onodera Toshi (Kusanagi Tsuyoshi) soon discover, however, that the sinking is faster than anyone had imagined - Japan will cease to exist in less than a year's time! With earthquakes, tidal waves, and volcano eruptions successively rocking through the nation, hysteria settles in, and it seems much of the population may be wiped out even before the sinking is complete. In the midst of the chaos, Toshi develops a close relationship with young orphan Misaki (Fukuda Mayuko) and dedicated rescue worker Abe Reiko (Shibasaki Kou), who refuses to leave Japan in the face of peril. The one way to save the country is to break off the plate that is pulling Japan into the ocean through strategic deepwater detonations. It is a virtual suicide mission, and Toshi is the only one left who can operate the submarine.

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Product Title: Sinking of Japan Standard Edition (2006 Version) (Japan Version) 日本沈沒 Standard Edition (2006年度製作版) (日本版) 日本沈没 Standard Edition (2006年度制作版) (日本版) 日本沈没 スタンダード・エディション (2006年度製作版)スタンダード・エディション Sinking of Japan Standard Edition (2006 Version) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Oikawa Mitsuhiro | Toyokawa Etsushi | Kusanagi Tsuyoshi | Shibasaki Ko | Ishizaka Koji | Daichi Mao 及川光博 | 豐川悅司 | 草彅剛 | 柴咲幸 | 石坂浩二 | 大地真央 及川光博 | 丰川悦司 | 草彅刚 | 柴咲幸 | 石坂浩二 | Daichi Mao 及川光博 | 豊川悦司 | 草なぎ剛 | 柴咲コウ | 石坂浩二 | 大地真央 Oikawa Mitsuhiro | Toyokawa Etsushi | 초난강 | 시바사키 코우 | Ishizaka Koji | Daichi Mao
Director: Higuchi Shinji 樋口真嗣 樋口真嗣 樋口真嗣 히구치 신지
Release Date: 2007-01-19
Publisher Product Code: GNBD-7380
Language: Japanese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Publisher: Geneon Universal Entertainment
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004543233

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
樋口真嗣 (監督) / 草?剛 / 柴咲コウ / 小松左京 (原作)


製作国 : 日本 (Japan)
公開年 : 2006

された、日本のエンターテインメント界をリードするSMAPの草?g 剛。今回は潜水艇のパイロットという体力的にもハードな役柄に挑む。ヒロインには、美しさだけでなく、独特のオーラを放つ柴咲コウ。トラウマを抱えたハイパーレスキュー隊員というキャラを演じることが出来る女優は、彼女をおいてほかに想像できない。その他キャストも現在、日本映画でこれ以上望めない超大作にふさわしいメンバーが集結した。  デザスターシーンはもちろんのこと、危機管理考察と徹底した検証をもとに国土が沈没していく過程を、自然・政治・経済ほかあらゆる角度から描いていく。特に、驚愕のエフェクトシーンの再現には特技統括・尾上克郎、特撮監督・神谷誠以下、日本を代表する屈指のVFXスタッフが集結。また、撮影協力として防衛庁、陸上自衛隊、海上自衛隊、航空自衛隊、東京消防庁と海洋研究開発機構(JAMSTEC)が全面協力。二度とありえないであろう豪華な布陣で、リアリズムと臨場感を構築していった。  沈みゆく日本を前にして行動する主人公たちの姿に、あなたは何を想い、誰の姿を浮かべるだろうか? 

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May 7, 2007

This professional review refers to Sinking Of Japan (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Following an earthquake in one of Japan's prefectures we learn that Japan is slowly sinking into the ocean, pulled under by natural tectonic plate movement and a large mass dubbed the Monolith. The prediction from American is that Japan will sink over the next 40 years and will be accompanied by more natural disasters - earthquakes and volcanoes. However, Japanese scientists discover that the sinking of Japan will happen in less than one year. Disasters in the north trigger panic and Japan is thrust into a critical situation. Bare witness to the Sinking of Japan.

Toshio is a submarine pilot and connected to the scientist who makes the grave discovery of Japan's fate. Reiko is part of Tokyo's Hyper Rescue Squad. They meet in a northern Japanese town in dramatic fashion. She saves Toshio and a little girl from a fiery inferno. As events unfold, though the two are falling in love with each other, they both have different attitudes toward the events. Toshio is all about self preservation, taking a job with an English research team that will get him off of Japan. He does wish to take Reiko and the girl with him. However, Reiko, true to her heart, wants to stay in Japan and help with the evacuating and rescue efforts. Who will stay? Who will go? What will happen to our ill-fated lovers?

Based on the novel by Sakyo Komatsu, Masato Kato's screenplay was directed by Higuchi Shinji. Sinking of Japan's greatest strength is the character story. The pitfall of any disaster film is that you forget about the characters and are distracted by cool effects sequences and big explosions. Those are either intentional because the filmmakers know their characters are dull as dirt or the desire to entertain outweighs the desire to connect the audience with the core characters. A good disaster film has excellent explosions. A great disaster film makes you care for the people in the story.

That isn't to say that they go cheap on the special effects. Not in the slightest. The effects are tip top. If I dare, like Attenborough says in a monster film from years past, "No expense has been spared". I especially liked the aerial effects showing the nation of Japan from the stratosphere because they offer a different perspective of the disasters as they tear the nation apart. But I don't want to put too much emphasis on the effects because as much as they are not the focus of the film, neither should they be the focus of my review. They're good. That's all we need to know.

This is a shame of course because director Higuchi Shinji and his team do such a good job of capturing Japan and all her glory in the early shots that you almost suffer for her knowing you're going to watch her turn to rubble. You almost want to reach out to the television and tell her to run! Sinking of Japan is nothing if not pretty.

You can say that Sinking of Japan is not unlike other disaster films. That's not to say that there isn't some uniqueness compared to its peers. Certainly never seen before by this reviewer is the moral and ethical debates played out by the politicians as they decide how to handle the impending crisis, who to save, how much to reveal to the public that they know.

Issues also arise as the nation of Japan wishes to flee her doomed shores and find refuge in her neighbors, which proves impossible as her neighbors refuse entry into their borders. The frustration is clear in the Prime Minister as he tries to save his people, "We're human before anything else. We all have the right to live and to hope". So there is a side to this film that you rarely see in other disaster films.

And what else do you not see in this film? A dog rescue scene. Oh thank the heavens, the spirit of the film was not ruined by a silly dog rescue scene. That isn't to say that Sinking of Japan is not a touch melodramatic. It is Asian after all, and they love their melodrama over there. There is the obligatory love song final embrace scene, but you come to expect these things from a film of this ilk. Yes, Sinking of Japan intentionally tugs at your heart strings. But that is what a disaster film does. It offers chills and thrills but it also stands as a testament of the human spirit's ability to overcome tragedy. But you have to connect with your characters before you can believe that. And thankfully - no dog saving scene. Though I will note that what is funny is calling your rescue team the Tokyo Hyper Rescue Squad and using a beagle as a mascot on your logo. Now that's hyper!

Higuchi Shinji does start his movie with the obligatory dramatic rescue sequence in which our key characters meet. It is of a caliber that would make a Hollow-wood popcorn director blush. It is sensational in every sense on the word. But it is almost as if Higuchi says, "Alright, here you are. Here is your big rescue scene. Happy? Good. Let's get on with the story now". He feeds the action buffs while stroking the film watcher intent on watching the relationship between Toshio and Reiko develop.

Sinking of Japan is not a masterpiece but it is a good film. Understandable why it was the blockbuster that it was in Japan when it screened. Sadly, this DVD is a barebones edition. Only a trailer is offered as an extra on this Region 3 disc.

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6.8 out of 10 (4)

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March 10, 2007

This customer review refers to Sinking Of Japan (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Pretty Good! Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
The movie was pretty good, definitely as good as what Hollywood can produce. And yes, this also means the visual effect department. A bit shame if this movie will not be released elsewhere because I rate this one pretty high inside my "disaster movies" category. For those interested this movie has English subtitles and a nice DTS soudtrack. Definitely worth the price.
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February 15, 2007

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Average movie Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
Nohing special about this movie. Some cool and not so cool special effect. Story and plot were a big no no. There is nothing drawn you into this movie except being rescue by a hot chick.
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January 27, 2007

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question Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10
As this movie will never be released in Europe, I just need one info to buy it right now... are there also english subtitles ?
(about the rate, as I've never seen it, dont't follow my vote !)
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January 8, 2007

This customer review refers to Sinking of Japan Special Collector's Edition (2006 Version) (First Press Limited Edition) (Japan Version)
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worth to watch Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
i hav watch it for nearly 4 times in the cinema... and i cry alot. This movies is really touching... it is a worth it. it really tell you miracle really do exists....
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