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Everything feels so stitched together, that it's like you're watching 3 movies simultaneously, because the writing and directing is just all over the place. And characters are really, really bland. They all look and act the same, and you can never tell who's supposed to be who. I never thought I'd actually say this, but Toshiro Mifune is not interesting in this movie. You might as well just replace him with a kitchen shelf and you'd hardly even notice.
At the time of its release, Submersion of Japan (aka Tidal Wave), based on the novel "Japan Sinks" by Sakyo Komatsu, was the biggest movie in Japan, while receiving great critical reception, and high box office numbers. During this time, the Japanese film industry was on a decline, nobody was really interested in movies anymore (because most of them were toku/kaiju films). As a fan of special effects director Teruyoshi Nakano, this movie is definitely where he was at his…