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The World Sinks (Except Japan)

(Nihon igai zenbu chinbotsu)
Directed by Minoru Kawasaki
Japan, 2006, 98 minutes
Cast: Kenji Kohashi, Sh�ji Kashiwabara, Masatoshi Matsuo
Japanese language with English subtitles

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCbPbV_W0hg

Friday, August 10 - 2:30pm at Roxie Film Center

Sunday, August 12 - 9:15pm at Roxie Film Center

Wednesday, August 15 - 9:30pm at Roxie Film Center


What if all the countries of the world were to sink - except Japan?

Minoru Kawasaki, the director of the cult hits The Calamari Wrestler and Executive Koala returns with a new film that represents a slight change of tone from his best-known movies. The World Sinks (Except Japan) isn't just another 'meatball off-the-wall comedy' from the self-described Ed Wood of Japan - rather it's a serious social satire that targets xenophobia, militarism, racism, the cult of celebrity, rising sea levels, the sexual exploitation of immigrants and more - disguised as just another 'meatball off-the-wall comedy'.

Ten years after 9/11, an unknown natural phenomenon causes North America to sink under the sea. Shortly thereafter all the other continents crumble to bits and disappear beneath the waves, leaving Japan the only dry land on the planet. Before long, all of the world's refugees are crammed onto a few tiny islands. The sudden increase in population, causes food shortages, uncontrollable inflation, massive unemployment and a drastic rise in crime (particularly by displaced foreigners) To control the immigrants, the government bends the Constitution with extralegal measures and organizes the G.A.T. - Gaijin Attack Team. Their mission is to capture and summarily deport the illegal aliens. Three years pass, and the frustration and anger of the foreign refugees is about to explode.

The screenplay was written and directed by Kawasaki and Masakazu Migita, and based on the short novel of the same name written by Yasutaka Tsutsui, which itself was a parody of the hugely popular science-fiction novel Nippon Chinbotsu (Japan Sinks) by Sakyo Komatsu.

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