I’ve watched numerous flicks of the doomsday genre all throughout my life. I must have unconsciously considered these types of films as one of my favourite movie genres since I always feel that nagging urge to watch one whenever one comes out.
There are various premises used in these “end-of-the-world” science fiction films. We have the famous “asteroid-hitting-Earth” theme of Armageddon and Deep Impact. There’s the failure of the inner core of the Earth to spin in The Core. Then, we the deadly climate and weather changes in The Day After Tomorrow.
If you notice the trend in disaster movies, most have refocused from the whole world in general, to specific countries or places and would usually involve local natural disasters. Examples would be Twister, Tornado!, and finally, Sinking of Japan.
Sinking of Japan‘s premise is unique. Based on the book written by Sakyo Komatsu (1973), it portrays how Japan would be erased from the world map through sheer and simple sinking. Accordingly, tectonic plates on which Japan stands are sliding down into the sea, pulling the country along with it. The process is called delamination, supplemented by the presence of megalith. Doomsday indeed. But since we human beings should never give up hope, a solution was formulated to prevent the sinking of japan: drill powerful explosives at differing points of the tectonic plates where these would simultaneously go off. This would put a break in the sliding tectonic plates that pull Japan to its depth.
Sinking of Japan has adequate scenes of the disasters brought about by the calamity–full of earthquakes, erupting volcanoes, and tsunamis. I think it was way too much though, that in-depth development and establishment of characters was left out. The emotional aspect was mostly centered on a love story, and the human essence was not exactly felt. But I must admit, the effects were a bit shocking, like the overhead shot of people falling through an earthquake and a killer tidal wave suddenly appearing out of nowhere, eating an evacuation ship. All in all, Sinking of Japan is a good natural disaster flick perfect for those who want pure action.