Japan Sinks (1973) IMDb

Categorization

Prominent title in Japanese “post-nuclear sublime” cinema, made at record cost by the studio behind Godzilla (1954) after a hugely successful novel by the same title from the same year.

Subject

Rapid tectonic developments cause the islands of Japan to sink beneath the sea. There is enough time to negotiate with other countries and evacuate, but who will want an insular people when its place is gone forever?

Commentary

Rich in nihonjinron-, Sonderweg-type mythology yet played with remarkable seriousness.

References here: Your Name (2016).

Japanese production movie

Remake:

Japan Sinks (2006) IMDb

Commentary

All that posturing and no sekai-kei, no nihilism, just romantic moekko anti-apocalypticism? Alarming.

Japanese production movie

Parody on the occasion of the remake, from a novel published shortly after Komatsu's original:

Everything Sinks, Except Japan (2006) IMDb

Commentary

It turns out very little is lost without the seriousness.

Japanese production movie