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Doomsday: The Sinking of Japan
Japanese poster
Directed by Shinji Higuchi
Produced by Toshiaki Nakazawa
Written by Novel:
Sakyō Komatsu
Masato Kato
Music by Taro Iwashiro
Cinematography Taro Kawazu
Editing by Hiroshi Okuda
Distributed by Toho
Released May 18, 2006 (Cannes)
Running time 135 min.
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Doomsday: The Sinking of Japan (日本沈没 Nippon Chinbotsu), aka The Sinking of Japan is a 2006 Japanese film based a novel by Sakyo Komatsu and directed by Shinji Higuchi. It is a remake of the 1973 film of the same name.


After a major earthquake hits Numazu, Japan, killing thousands and leveling the city of Numazu, scientists come to the conclusion that Japan will sink within 40 years due to the Pacific Plate subducting too much under the Eurasian Plate, and eventually evacuation will have to be considered. However, Dr. Takodoro soon discovers new evidence that Japan will sink much sooner than that due to crustal delamination (the process in which the Earth's crust peels off), and the population has less than 1 year to evacuate to safety. As super earthquakes and tidal waves (caused by a rupture of both the Sagami Megathrust and the Japan Median Tectonic Line) wipe out Tokyo and kill millions of the city's non-evacuees and destroy other cities, Mt. Aso and other volcanic eruptions devastate Kumamoto and other areas as well, killing millions, and tsunamis wash away Hokadate City, Osaka, and other areas, Takodoro has to find a way to stop the collapsing mass (which had formed from the Pacific-Eurasian plate collision) from destroying Japan.


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