Sinking of Japan (movie, 2006)

Sinking of Japan ( 日本沈没 , Nihon Chinbotsu ? , Literally. The Submersion of Japan ) is a disaster movie Japanese directed by Shinji Higuchi released onin Japan. The film is adapted from Sakyo Komatsu’s novel published in 1973 .

This film is a remake of a movie of the same title directed by Shiro Moritani in 1973 , with Lorne Greene , Keiju Kobayashi , Hiroshi Fujioka and Ayumi Ishida .


The Japan is under the rubble following the earthquake , the tsunami and volcanic eruptions making many dead and others blocked. In Numazu , a scientist finds a single girl in the middle of this hell happens before a helicopter for search and rescue in which there is a female firefighter …. Then a thud calls out to them and they helplessly witness the eruption of Mount Fuji.

Technical sheet

  • Original title: 日本 沈没( Nihon Chinbotsu ? )
  • International Title: Japan Sinks
  • French title: Sinking of Japan
  • Director: Shinji Higuchi
  • Script: Masato Kato , from the novel The Submersion of Japan of Sakyo Komatsu (1973)
  • Sets: Yasuaki Harada
  • Photography: Taro Kawazu
  • Editing: Hiroshi Okuda
  • Music: Taro Iwashiro
  • Productions: Toshiaki Nakazawa and Kazuya Hamana (executive)
  • Production Company: TBS Incorporated
  • Distribution companies: Toho Company (Japan) , Zylo (France)
  • Country of origin: Japan
  • Language: Japanese
  • Format: Colors – 2.35: 1 – Dolby Digital Sound
  • Genre: Catastrophe
  • Duration: 135 minutes
  • Release dates:
    •  Japan :
    •  France : ( DVD / Blu-Ray )


  • Tsuyoshi Kusanagi : Toshio Onodera, the bathyscaphe piloting scientist
  • Kō_Shibasaki : Reiko Abe, the firefighter
  • Etsushi Toyokawa : Yusuke Tadokoro, the seismologist
  • Mayuko Fukuda : Misaki Kuraki, the girl lost in Numazu
  • Mao Daichi : Saori Takamori, the Minister
  • Mitsuhiro Oikawa : Shinji Yuki, the pilot of bathyscaphe
  • Jun Kunimura : Deputy Prime Minister Kyosuke Nozaki
  • Koji Ishizaka : Yamamoto, the Prime Minister


Sinking of Japan came out onin Japan .

In France , it was presented at the Cannes Film Festival market inwithout any success. Following the largest earthquake of 2011 on the Tōhoku Pacific coast since 1923 in Kantō , the distribution company Zylo has released the film on DVD and Blu-Ray, which will be released six months after the disaster..


2007 Hong Kong International Film Festival
  • Asian Film Award for the best special effects

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