The Suzukis are a self-indulgent family who squirm at the sight of a dead fish. When Tokyo abruptly loses all forms of electricity—clocks stop, trains halt, and purification plants stop pumping water—they find themselves trapped in a city slicker’s first world nightmare.
Food and water have always been conveniently available but when resources run scarce, the city crumbles and chaos begins. Comically unfit and scarily unprepared, the Suzukis hop on their pushbikes to escape the pandemonium and reluctantly head to grandpa’s farm in Kagoshima.
Thrown in the face of first-world challenges, they encounter ups-and-downs which ultimately bring their family together. And through their journey across mountains and farmland, they realise the gravity of taking resources for granted.
Directed by Shinobu Yaguchi of Swing Girls fame, Survival Family is a comical, family-friendly take on the post-apocalyptic genre. Taking a reverse farm-to-table journey, the film’s overarching environmental theme is a gentle, sometimes cheeky, reminder that we live in a world of finite resources.