Survival Family (2016) - full transcript

After a sudden worldwide power cut, a Tokyo family are caught up in the chaos as millions traverse the country in search of electricity.




I input the data

This one's next, right away

Yes, thanks for another package

I catch so many,
I have fish left after I give them away

How have you been? Busy?

You should come home
once in a while to see me

I should. I want to visit
Mom's grave, too

Oh, so disgusting!
From Kagoshima, again?

Yui just got out of the bath

Your grandpa

- No thanks, I won't talk to him
- What? Hey!

Sorry, yeah

Oh, I see Bye,then

I won't eat that crap

I can't do this

Say, can you do it, please?

Me? No thanks

Maybe I'll do it tomorrow

We won't eat it, so tell him
to stop sending fish

I can't tell him that

All he cares about is fishing and farming

And this thing I know it's organic, but...

Get me rice

Get it yourself

Oh, I forgot

What! What is it?

I don't know It looked like this

That's why l hate his packages!

Oh, I gotta go!

Don't put it here!

Oh! There it is!

Don't do that!

Hey! Can't you even greet your family?


You're unbelievable

You've got dinner at home,
but you buy that crap!


"New Folder 'International Economics"'

No way, for real!?

"Nakamura Satomi"

Suzuki speaking

Sorry, can you talk?

What? Yeah

I can't hear you well

Oh, sorry

Did you grab screen shots
of the notes in today's class?

I'm just uploading them now

Oh, great Can you send it to me?


To which address?

To my PC

I got it, thanks

- See you
- Tomorrow


Why are you filming yourself?

- Why'd you already eat?
- Shut up!

Let's settle who's buying lunch

She's cute

What a pain!

"Your battery is low"

Stop it

Say, did you take a look?

The children's smart phone bills

You have to tell them, too

Are you listening?

I'm tired
Tell me tomorrow

I'm going to bed

"Day 1"

Hey! What time is it?

I don't know

Why not?

- There's a blackout
- A blackout?

- Why?
- I told you, I don't know

Oh, no

There's no lights, can't watch TV

What a mess

Why are you screaming so early?

It's a blackout!

What's that?

Oh, crap! Move!

Are you checking?


Can't you even do that?

I can't figure it out

No breakfast, right?

The rice hasn't cooked and
the electro-magnetic stove doesn't work

Do you want cold bread?

No way, I'll buy something

Oh, I know

Why do they all stop at once!
You should change the batteries

The number for the time is 117, right?

There's a number for time?


What's going on!

No newspaper delivered?


Look, it works

Hopeless. It's stopped

We'll have to take the stairs

What, the whole building is blacked out?

Do they ever inspect it?

Shut up, old man

It's a long way down 10 flights of stairs

Don't be late

Due to a blackout, all trains are stopped

I'm sorry, so sorry

All trains are stopped

No one is allowed on the platforms

That's all we know

When will they start?

There are no current plans, please wait

Do you have a proof of delay form?

I need to check

This is closed now

We'll update you with new information
Please wait

- Can we wait on the platform?
- Please wait here

Are they any temporary buses?

Apparently there are no buses yet

We don't know when the trains
will resume, please wait here



Oh, great

I finally found one

- Can I?
- No, no

It may be the batteries, but none of them will start

What? Can't you help me? I can pay cash

It seems the plugs won't spark

Here it is

That's just plain water
Don't you need battery fluid?

They're basically the same

All right, try it

Oh, it doesn't work

This is when bicycles sure are handy

Good morning

A blackout is so unusual these days

And it's not just this building

Oh, really? That one, too?

All the buildings

- Do any of your lights work?
- They're all still off

Oh, I have to buy candles

Me, too

Power will be back tonight

But maybe not, so I'll go, too

I'll buy some, just in case

Oh, my purse

Oh, no...


It won't open?

It won't open

You're late You live at the next station

The next, next station
What time is it?

Excuse me

It's an old building, so all the doors
can only be manually opened from inside

Then we'll break in

lf you don't mind, just invoice us later

Nobody can get in unless we do

May l have someone's business card?

Here goes

It's open

Watch where you step

I bet the elevators aren't working

The lights?

- Computers?
- Nope, you?

The server's down

What do we do?

- The other floors?
- I'll check

Hey! We can't work like this


We had a blackout

- Your place,too?
- You guys,too?

- What a pain
- A total pain

You're all sweaty

The trains were stopped and I freaked

I rode my mom's dorky bike

It's an electric bike, but it didn't work
It was just so heavy

You're so sweaty

Your teacher, Mochizuki,

can't get here,
so the first period is study hall

Quiet down

Somebody, write "Study Hall"

Study Hall

Morning, the trains are stopped today

No power here, either

How wide is the blackout?

It's probably pretty local
Call your house in Kanagawa and find out

Like I said, it's networking!

- You are an idiot
- Oh, right

Hey, where do you live?

- Hey!
- Ouch! What?

He's hopeless

Um, excuse me

Where's Nakamura...

You mean, Satomi? I haven't seen her yet

What's going on with him?

No idea

What happened, suddenly?

Say, any lunch boxes?

I'm sorry, the bento and the bread
haven't been delivered yet

No rice balls?


- I'll buy water
- Yeah

Oh, no

230 Yen

198 Yen

Say, hello

I won't be able to wash clothes
or clean house today

I've given up on today

I can't even cook

This is tonight's dinner

No choice, right?

Makes things so easy

I'm sorry, we can't take credit cards
because of the blackout!

We can only accept cash!

Tell us sooner
I was waiting in line


Oh, no!

That doesn't work either?

When are the young guys
going to get here?

We don't know how far out
the trains are stopped

They should walk, even part way

But you live at the next station

It's the next, next station

Only part of the file is printed
The rest is stuck in the computer

We can't miss the fiscal report deadline!

That won't happen
It'll get back to normal soon, I guess.

Oh, what a mess

All the other departments
are hopeless, too

The outlets don't work
and the batteries are dead,

and the cars won't start.
That's just crazy

Everything electrical is useless

This isn't just a normal blackout...

We can't do anything until power is restored

Everybody can go home now


That's an order from the top

They want everyone to go home
before it gets dark

What's that about?

Thank you

"Special: 44,800 Yen"

How much is that one?

We're stripping this for parts
It's not for sale

I'll buy this one
Can I ride it now?

Oh, my God!

Are you OK?

Do you have to work at a time like this?

That's exactly why l have to work!

Be careful with that flame

Using the toilet?

It doesn't run very well,
so flush it with the bathwater

Answer your mother!

What is he thinking!

I'm turning off the burner

The toilet, too?
It doesn't use any power

I don't understand this

I'm taking this

Thanks for the food

Things will be back to normal tomorrow

Say, dear!



What a drag

You two, come here

The stars are beautiful

What? Stars?


Without any city lights,
they look brighter

What's that?

That's the Milky Way

What? You mean,

there really is a Milky Way?

Are you an idiot?

This isn't so bad,
once in a while

"Day 3"

This is endless

Listen up, everyone

All employees need to wait at home
until the power is restored

Please be careful going home

It could be restored any minute
We'll be delayed in responding


the building entrance is smashed
so please take your valuables with you


Aren't you worried about your family?


If you stay here, things will get dangerous

Are you crazy? Of course, we'll be fine

Where are you going?

We're going to the mountains to find water
There's a camping ground l know


What are you doing!


"Welcome to Saitama Prefecture"


"Nakamura Satomi 5-3-6 Kawaguchi"

You might be right

- This is really heavy
- Get it together

Let's go

Other prefectures?

We need food,
I'll try the supermarket...

- Oh, hello
- Hello

I've been waiting here two hours

My feet are so cold

Do you have gas at your place?

We cook with electro-magnetic

There's no gas, either?

Do gas meters run on batteries?

My husband said the meter wasn't
working and tried to fix it,

but there's no gas

Excuse us, everyone!

The situation is that
there is water underground

Then give us the water!

However, the entire operation
is shut down

so the pumps can't pump water

After making us wait this long!

Go underground and bring up the water!

You guys get the water!

It's not water for drinking, but
there's a well in the park...

We're here to get water to drink!

That's right!

Give us drinking water!

You cannot withdraw cash
with ATM or debit cards

You must have identification,

your personal seal and bank passbook

Each person can only withdraw 100,000 Yen in cash!

Don't push! Don't push!

Don't push! Wait your turn!

"Day 7"

"Study at home until we contact you"

I heard they're distributing
emergency food in Saitama

I went there, but they ran out
a longtime ago

They only gave me
a small bottle of water

What I want to know is,
what's causing this?

It's a natural disaster,
a natural disaster

Our only choice is to gather
all our food and water

and share it all

That won't last a month

We should all move away

What if you've got nowhere to go?

Look, over there!

Don't bother coming back!

If all the apartments empty out,

they'll get looted by those idiots

They belong to all of us,
so we all have to protect them, right?

No, no you stay inside

I'm sorry

Do you know Kato san
who lives above us?

The old lady who lives alone?

I saw her on the steps before Why?

She wasn't at that meeting

I haven't seen her in days

What! Kagoshima!
You mean to Grandpa's house?

If we wait a little longer,
the power will return

You're so useless

It's been like this for a week

Don't you see that if it doesn't come back
we can only survive for so long?

That may be true,
but why Kagoshima?

All my hometown family is dead

It's a lot warmer in Kagoshima

and we'll be able to find
water and food

But how?

A plane from Haneda Airport

If they're flying...

I hate that stupid village


You visited when you were little

You played with Grandpa
on the beach nearby

What? I don't remember that

Oh, how do we get to Haneda?

On bicycles

It's straight down the main road

No way!
For real!

Leave everything to me!
Follow me and you'll be fine

Why Kagoshima!

I told them I don't want to go

I'll take both

ls this enough,
to buy us all plane tickets?

Can you buy discount tickets
at the airport?

Well, um...

I saved this money for an emergency

It's sunscreen, put it on

Isn't this great?

Are you still carrying this
like some treasure?


And look at how you're dressed

Who wears false eyelashes, now?


Hang in there!

We haven't been cycling in a while

We went with the children's group

That's ancient history

Did we go?

You slept through your days off

You never came on
any of those outings

OK, 2,000 Yen
Thanks, next

Step right up
One bottle of water for 1,000 Yen

How about it? Anyone?

Step up

No, no, you rip-off!

Step right up

Bottled Water 2,000 Yen

Bottled Water going fast 2,500 Yen

We should have bought the first one!

A little farther, we might find
cheaper water

Or more expensive

Yes, welcome

Oh, nothing...

What will you do?

At the store, it was 500 Yen

No, this is our current price

You'll never sell them at this price

I'll buy them all,
at 600 Yen per bottle

Why did you make red beans and rice?

Why? I just thought...

The celebratory food would give us energy

Don't waste precious food

Where did he go?

Wondering off again


I'm looking for a bathroom

Don't let anyone pass

Don't look!

My turn, next

"Take your dog poop home with you"

Excuse me, excuse me

What's going on?

Get back! Get back, please!

The planes are not flying!

Get back for your own safety!

Get back! It's dangerous

Get back, get back!

How long will this go on!

The whole Tokyo area is blacked out!

No one knows when it will come back!

We know that!

Hey cop! Do your job!

They're useless!
Where's the Self Defense Force!

Who threw that!

Hey! You!


"Motel Royal"

It's open, it's open!

You need to pay first
30,000 Yen per person


There's no water


Oh, good We'll go home tomorrow, right?


What! No!

No way! We're going? To Kagoshima?! By bicycle!

Right, it's our only choice


No way!

You saw it at the airport!

It's dangerous to stay
in a city without food or water

Impossible! I totally refuse!

It's not impossible
That's what they did in the old days

Yaji and Kita walked from Tokyo to Osaka

Who the hell is that! I'm not from the old days!

I had a feeling it would
turn out like this

Then why didn't you say so sooner?

We came so far out of our way!

We had no way of knowing until we got here


We need another bicycle

And a map and food and...

Oh, I know!

Yaji and Kita are buddies on that samurai TV show!


Of course they're all gone

"Children's Map of Japan"

"Resorts in Kagoshima"

Maybe it's not so bad

What are you doing?

No matter how fast, it'll take
one month to ride to Kagoshima

What! It's that far?

I just heard someone say

that beyond Osaka, it's not blacked out

ls that true? Who said that?

Someone walking

I told you so Heading west is the right plan

How could that rumor spread here,

all the way from Osaka?

It spreads because it's true


Oh, look!

"Rice Store"

Oh, a sea bream

That much

A real Rolex

What good is that?

How about this?

- What's that?
- A Maserati

Get out!

Don't bother bringing things no one wants!

Only water or food

All your stuff is worthless

Excuse me

- What have you got?
- Well, um...

About the bicycle parked out back,
can I buy it from you?

Sure, I don't use it anymore

I have no use for money

Hey! That's my...

And that rice, too


"Do Not Enter"

Let's go this way

Let's try that way

What's with this map!
It's totally useless!

Oh, no!


Let's take that

- This way
- I know that!

This way!


All right!

"Service Area"

It's locked

Toilets out of order"

Oh, no

Now we're camping out

"Kanagawa Prefecture"

Where are you going?

We're going as far as Osaka

We heard there's electricity there

- See!
- What do you mean, see!

Is that true?

It's a rumor
That same rumor

Could you spare a bottle of water?

- We can pay money
- Get the money

We can exchange it for food

We don't have anything left

This is our last bottle

Oh, I see

Let's go

Let's try someone else

It's cold

What are you doing!
Go grab him!

"Tunnel Guides for Food or Water"

lf you pay me, I'll guide you to the other end

This tunnel is 2 kilometers long
Step right up

I'll guide you

What's that?

It's a tunnel
One straight road

They'll be right back

It's so dark, dark!

Oh, no, what is this?

Are you sure we're OK?

This is no good

Ouch! There's a car stopped here

What shall we do?

So, this is how ii is


I stepped on something!
It's squishy!

There's a dead raccoon right there

Don't step on it

Here we are

Too bad you have to see everything

Thanks for your business

"Day 16"

Oh, no, this is all that's left

What are you whimpering about?

You can light a fire
without matches


Cavemen could do it,
of course we can,too

So, how?

I'll show you when the time comes

Give me water!

That was the last bottle

Why didn't you tell me first!

I told you!

You did?
I didn't hear you

Let's go look for some later

We won't find any here

What are you doing?
Can you drink that?

Don't do that

See? Look how clear it is

You guys are such wimps

Tastes great!


Leave that!

I can't stand it!

Where are you going!


He drank that water


Oh, no

I only wore this once

Oh, no

Oh, dear...



Maybe there's food

"Rice Sold Out"

"Tires and Tubes Sold Out"

"No Matches or Lighters"

Where is it?

"Silicon adhesive"

Found it

Hey, hey! Do you think we can eat this?

The Internet says they can tuna
and catfood at the same factory

Really? Maybe we can flavor it and make a soup

We still need water and matches

"Battery Liquid Replenishment"

Don't! Stop!

It's fine, you can drink it

It's fine It's purified water

You're right! But it doesn't taste good

Are you still at it? You should rest

Look at our great haul!

There was one smoke candle left

What? Use this to light a fire

"Remove from the..."

That hurt! What are you doing?

Rice cakes

Eat it raw?

But your father...

Look at this


Are you sure?

"Day 22"

Tastes awful

You'd better listen to your mother

Oh, hello

"Shizuoka Prefecture"

Oh, what a great idea!

How are you getting water and food?


When you ride through the mountains,

there's water seeping through rocks, right?

Moss is proof the water's pure, so we bottle it

lf you're worried, you can boil it to disinfect it

You should air dry or smoke any food

It lasts longer that way

And most weeds that you see are actually edible.

Weeds like this plantain and dandelion

or weeds with leaves
growing from the earth are fine

You can boil them for a soup filled with vitamins

I recommend cicadas


Don't be so shocked
Locusts have been food for centuries

Insects are quite nutritious

In Africa, everyone eats caterpillars

You just like that stuff

Look over here

What? You can take pictures with that camera?

Yeah, but it's not digital
Film was always mechanical

When you print it, please send it

Sure, but...
I have no idea when


A notepad

I'll write down my address

What humans need in order to survive are, first,

to maintain body warmth

Next, secure water and three, start fires

Food is next on the list

Hang in there, go, go

Hang in there

Looking good

Your dad's in the lead

Just ignore him

He's fast

This is great

The landscape is so different

The breeze feels great


Look at that

Oh, Dear

Excuse me...

They came from a nuclear power plant

What's the situation?

They don't know why but it won't turn on

They're going to Shizuoka to inspect another one

ls it true there's power in Osaka?

We don't know that

Even if there's power in Osaka,

we don't have to go there

This is how things are,
we might as well enjoy it, right?

That's right

"To Osaka"

Take care


"Day 43"

"Looking for Abe Takashi"

I've had it!

Dad,you said,
"We're only bicycling to Osaka!"

I never said that

What will we do?!
We have no food or water!

I can't change or bathe and my head itches!

That's not my fault

You never take responsibility!

You said, Follow me and you'll be fine

You did, you liar!

How dare you speak to me like that!

Then act like a father!
You talk big, but you're useless

What the hell!

That's enough!

You should have figured that a long time ago!

That's just who your father is!

I'm putting it in

Kobe Aquarium

Here comes the fish

It's hot, be careful

- Looks tasty
- Sure does

Here you go

I'm sorry, we just ran out

Can't you give us some?

- I can pay you money!
- It's all gone

Just enough for the children

It's all gone

I beg you!

"Day 67"






Honey, grab him!

Are you OK, Dad?

I did it

Oh, good

We did it


You do it

I can't even fillet a fish

Can I start anywhere?

Just do it!

What are you doing!

Where are we being taken?

Can you drink the well water?

Of course you can

The electric fences on my pig farm
stopped working

and they all ran away

I'm sorry we killed one without...

In exchange,

if you help me catch the runaway pigs,

I'll forgive you

Will you?

Aren't you hungry?

It's not a free lunch

What's this?

Smoked pork

This is what you do
when you can't use the refrigerator

Why are you crying?

I don't know


My, you have guests

I thought your son's family
came home

You're always so generous

Why just this one pig?

The pigs haven't come back yet?

With their help, I'll get them back

How nice

Young people can do anything

See you

Take one home

This is the last one

Gee, thanks

Now, you can start by helping me butcher Hanako

Was that pig's name Hanako?

That was a joke
What pig has a name?

Come over here and help

Open this and spread it!


Hold it here!

Hold it down!

This is a huge job

It's tough job alone, but no big deal
with you all here

- Look tasty?
- Yes!

If you work hard,
I can share a little with you

You can't eat it right away

Have to let it rest underground
before smoking it

Um, how long does it need to rest?

About one week

One week?

You're useless

I take the first bath


We're in Okayama

How are the pajamas?

They're perfect

Who do they...

I bought them for when my son's family visits

His whole family's in America

Good looking, right?

I don't want to waste the oil

Oh, yes

Good night

Starting tomorrow, you'll work hard

A futon...

He must be worried

about his grandchildren


Found one
Here we go!

Grab it!

Not over there!

That's the last one.
Hang in there.

Mom, is this OK?

Looks fine

That's not for smoking

If you want, you can just move in

I wish my washing machine
and car would work,

but living alone in
these conditions is tough

Will you think about it, please?

I did it!

Hey! Shoo!

Get out of here!

His offer is generous,

but we need to get
to your father

Let's go to Kagoshima

Do you two agree?

Are you sure you want to give us so much?

You sure helped me out

Thank you so much

You take care

Dear, wait!

Are you OK, Mitsue?

Hang in there, Mitsue!

No way...

What! What?

Why? There is no bridge!

We left that road 3 days ago!
Do we have to go all the way back!

That map is out of date


Stop it

- Here
- Thanks

This way

Are you two going to be OK?

You made us take all those swim classes

We'll drop Mom on the other shore

and then Kenji and I will shuttle the bikes over

Get on! Get on!

I'll go!

No, stay there!

Let's load them all
The river will get too fast

- Hold it!
- I'm holding it!

Hold it!

The raft broke!



Oh no, Dad!





"Day 94"

This way





Are you OK?

It's fine, let's go

No, I can't

From Tokyo to here on bicycles?

That's a grueling trip

And, where's your father?


We're almost to last big tunnel

The Falcon used to run through it

ls the Falcon a bullet train?

Of course not

Oh, you're awake

The Falcon was an express sleeper

In those days, airplane fares were expensive

Yes, they were

Your mom's parents wouldn't let me marry her

So we commuted together
to Kagoshima to ask their permission


You never told us about that

Time to close it

Better close the window...

What is this! My eyes!

The window!

"Day 108"






"2 Years and 126 days later"

All together!

Big haul today

- Give me a hand
- Right away

Keep the threads taut

Looking good

They're back

We're back!

Big haul! Big haul!

Lots of great fish

Hurry everybody!

Oh, Dear

The lights are back on

- They're on!
- They're on!

The sudden global blackout
that started 2.5 years ago,

experts now believe was caused by a solar flare,

or a comet that came close to Earth

It might also have been cyber-terrorism,

aimed at the power grid and power plants

but this has never been proven... prove any theories,

the blackout stopped all computers and electronics,

leaving no records from that time

However, it is important to establish...

What's that?

Tonight, I'll cook mackerel


That's so pretty


Looks tasty

- I'm off
- I'm off

Off you go

Coming, coming


Wait, wait!

What is it?

Your father forgot his lunch

How could you forget!?

Sorry about that!

Thank you

Suzuki san, mail for you

Thank you so much

I wonder what it is?

Oh, that was when...

Fumiyo Kohinata

Eri Fukatsu

Yuki lzumisawa

Wakana Aoi

Original story, Written
and Directed by Shinobu Yaguchi

English subtitles by Linda Hoaglund
©Fuji Television, Toho, Dentsu, Altamira Pictures