[[caption-width-right:348:[[WordSaladLyrics The story of my solitude, if my solitude were a fish]].]]
In the year 1975, before there was the Sex Pistols, there was...Gekirin.
[[ItWillNeverCatchOn Punk before Punk ever hit the mainstream,]] they signed a contract, recorded one album, and then disappeared off the face of the Earth.
Fast forward to 2012. [[ApocalypseHow A comet is fast approaching Earth]], with 100-meter waves expected to sweep across the world once it impacts. Mankind is doomed.
Or is it?
On the streets of Tokyo, a single record store remains open, its sole clerk calmly insistent to the two customers who stop in that the world will be saved, by the title song of a record nobody's ever heard of.
[[TheCuckoolanderWasRight And he's absolutely right.]]
This 2009 Japanese Film is the story of how.
!!This movie provides examples of:
* AnachronicOrder: Vaguely. The movie skips from 1975 to 1982 to 1999 to 2009 and back to 1975 and then briefly in the credits back to the 1940's--but regularly returns to 2012 in between.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: In-Universe, the book that inspires the titular song.
* ButterflyEffect: Okay! In 1975, the song "Fish Story" is recorded, [[spoiler:containing a brief segment of perfect silence. Seven years later, a young man listening to the song comes upon the silent part just in time to hear a girl screaming for help. Thanks to his intervention, she escapes, and the two marry and have a son. The father raises the son to be strong in body and in principle, training finally coming in to use when an apocalyptic cult hijacks a ferry 27 years later. The young man saves the crew and passengers, including a young woman with a brilliant mind for mathematics. Three years later, her rapid and ingenious calculations are required to detonate the explosives left in the approaching apocalypse comet,]] thus saving the world and civilization as we know it.
* ChefOfIron: The Champion of Justice.
* CollapsedMidSpeech: Shigeki's girlfriend does this twice--the first time, she doesn't even manage to say anything before she collapses, drunk, and later finds herself making a mad dash to the bathroom in mid-tirade.
* DissonantSerenity: The record store clerk [[spoiler:almost]] never loses his cool at all, even with the rest of the world preparing for the end. Also, the Champion of Justice qualifies.
* ExecutiveMeddling: In-universe example. When Gekirin finally get signed, they find their music being softened up, slowed down, with keyboards and tambourines added in after the fact. Not that any of this helps them sell.
** TheHero: Shigeki
** TheLancer: Ryoji
** TheBigGuy: Tetsuya
** TheSmartGuy: Okazaki
** TheChick: Goro
* GoodParents: The unnamed Champion of Justice got ToughLove, certainly, but the TrainingMontage we see places his parents as loving even as his father tries to make him the brave hero [[spoiler:that he tried and failed to be.]]
* HopeSpot: In 2009, the Champion of Justice frees himself from being tied up, rises and begins TheSlowWalk toward the remaining cultists. As he fades into white, we see the onlookers flinch as a series of gunshots unload. [[spoiler: subverted, in the end, as we learn that he lives and wins.]]
* JerkAss: The guy with the wheelchair/cane who goes into the record store at the beginning of the movie. A former con artist and cult leader (who is heavily implied to have used the cult to bilk money out of people), he's almost gleeful that the world is going to end and everyone is going to die, because he'll never have to pay for his misdeeds (and also that he proved his fellow cult leaders wrong when they thought the world was going to end in 2009 and he thought it would end in 2012)
* KarmaHoudini: The NietzscheWannabe visitor to the record store certainly considers himself this. He's dying of cancer, lived his life as a con man and scoundrel, living the last decade in a party of borrowed money...
* KickTheDog: He even takes a moment in the beginning to knock over a series of bicycles on the way down the street. And none of it matters, he reasons, since everyone's going to die in a few hours anyway.
* LetsGetDangerous: The Champion of Justice was introduced as a pastry chef. Minutes later, he's taking on cult terrorists unarmed and not even dropping the pie he was carrying.
* MultinationalTeam: the team that [[spoiler: successfully blows up the asteroid]]. It's an Indian rocket, the team leader appears to be Scandanavian, another team member has a Spanish last name, a third team member is East Asian, and a fourth [[spoiler: the high school girl from the 2009 section]] is Japanese
* NamelessNarrative: Mostly. Until the 1975 flashback, we only get one character named from one of four separate series of events.
* NothingIsScarier: When one character is on his own and accidentally finds himself unable to shut off the Gekirin tape, a very lengthy one of these occurs when he stops his car during the infamous silence in the middle of the title song.
* OnlyAFleshWound: Played entirely straight with the ChefOfIron. His shoulder wound doesn't count as an injury, the bullet went right through!
* SavedByThePhlebotinum: Guess.
* ShoutOut / TakeThat: the American plan to destroy the asteroid which failed is pretty blatantly based on a certain Michael Bay movie. It's even called Project Armageddon
* TeenGenius: the high school girl from the 2009 section apparently is one, given that she had to have only been a few years into a college degree when she was recruited [[spoiler: for the rocket mission]] in 2012
* ThoseTwoGuys: Two of the college students from 1982 appear again in the relatively brief 1999 segment.
* TookALevelInBadass: The driver from 1982 finally stands up for himself [[spoiler:and finds this trope subverted, promptly getting beaten mercilessly by the rapist he tries to stop.]]
* WordSaladLyrics: As a result of BlindIdiotTranslation, above.