The World Sinks Except Japan (Nihon igai zenbu chinbotsu) (2006)





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Japanese director Minoru Kawasaki (Executive Koala and The Rug Cop) levels his satirical sights on global superpowers, western traditions, and foreign immigrants in this outrageous comedy inspired by the cult 1970s novella of the same name. The year is 2011. Thanks to global warming and shifting tectonic plates, planet Earth's landmass has just gotten a massive overhaul. Japan is the only country on the planet that has managed to avoid being devastated by the unprecedented natural disaster, and it isn't long before refugees from every affected nation are attempting to integrate themselves into Japanese society. And it isn't an easy transition either, because as A-list American actors turn up on television costume samurai dramas and white women go to work for middle-class Japanese families, those who don't sufficiently blend in among Japanese society are arrested. Meanwhile, as the former leaders of China and South Korea become lapdogs for the Japanese Prime Minister, geologists discover that there's more seismic activity on the horizon, and the worst may be yet to come. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Art House & International , Comedy , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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A low budget comedy produced in 2006 that has some bizarre similarities to Roland's 2012 (2009) where both Earths end with shifting/ sinking plates into the Oceans, bu in this comedy's case the world sinks one nation at at time along the political boundaries. Here Japan and the world's peaks are spared and the few survivors goto Japan. The cleverest gag is the world leaders who's neckties are the flags of thier respective countries. Director Minoru Kawasaki later produced another Japanese poltical comedy "Monster X Attacks the G8 Summit" and recycles famous gaijin lookalike actors and a few gags from this for that one. Foreign audiences may have tough time understanding some jokes but this one has an interesting dark comedy approach to humanity's darker sides and some Japanese underlying culural angst about the world stage.

Bobby Diablo
Bobby Diablo

Amusing Japanese film that is part disaster movie parody and part social/political satire dealing w/ foreign relations, xenophobia, etc. Apparently based on the book of the same name which parodies the novel "The Sinking of Japan" (which itself has been made into a big budget disaster flick).

Paul Cardullo
Paul Cardullo

Comedy that isn't overly funny and social commentary that isn't that provoking. Still, it's enjoyable and it's heart is in the right place (I thought it was going to be just another anti-America film, but it was harshest on Japan) and I did laugh a couple of times.

Christopher  Brown
Christopher Brown

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