Rabu, Januari 03, 2007

Sinking of Japan



I've watched this movie at MBO. Unfortunately, since we are very late, we have to sit on the second row that closest to the screen. What's bothering me sitting there is that since its a Japanese film with Japanese language, I need to read the subtitle. So, my eyeballs need to run from one end of the screen to the other end just to read the whole sentence.

The synopsis - courtesy of Imdb.com
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 338.54 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.


Storyline
Its hard to understand the whole story by reading the synopsis above. You must wathc this movie to understand it. Since the story is full of natural disaster, I think its quite OK to have some romantic love story between the main character.

Effects
The Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) in this movie are superb. I guess this is the photorealistic quality that they should produce. The Japanese are good in 3D too.. we can tell by playing the games and also the previous Final Fantasy movie. By the way, it hard for me to make a comparison with the original version of this movie. Yea, this is just a remake. Of course due to the technology 30 years ago, they might don't have this quality.

Characters
Yea. watching at the character named Reiko, she reminds me of one of her J-Drama. I've watched Good Luck and she's the aeronautic engineer. It seems that she loves to play such role, not too feminine but she's got style.

I enjoy watching this movie and I'm giving 4 stars out of 5.

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