Friday, July 19, 2019

Must-watch movie for this weekend: “The Survival Family”

Survival Family (2017) available on Netflix? - NetflixReleases

It’s called “The Survival Family (Sabaibaru famirî)”.

Yes, it’s Japanese and you have to read a bit. Nope! Don’t think about the subtitles...  Don’t!
Just watch it and thank me later.

I don’t want to ruin it for you guys because I went into it knowing nothing about it and it made it so much better.
Dont even watch the trailer.
Lets just say it’s the typical SHTF scenario talked about so much, but presented without all the Hollywood carap that we know ruins these type of movies by making them so freaking stupid and predicable, with plastic, unrealistic people that dont do a single thing a normal person would. Like fast food for the brain.
Not this little gem.

No idea if its on Netflix right now, but do yourself a favor, find it and watch it. Drop a comment when you’re done.


Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”


Anonymous said...

Not a fan of having to read a movie,but this was actually worth it. Seemed like a very reasonable representation of what life could be like given the shtf scenario depicted. Just enough comedy to be funny without trivializing the reality of what they are going through.

Unknown said...

Hello, Fernando

Thanks a lot for a recent reference to the "Survival Family" movie. We had a perfect evening watching it.
The genre of this movie was described as "Comedy/Fantastic/Drama". This is a quite true estimation.
Sudden and total blackout with no looters and bandits is fantastic. No hi-tech... OK, semiconductors might be burned out by some kind of EM pulse. But chemical and electromechanical devices? They are based on very simple and basic laws of nature to just "disappear".
The prepping skills of main characters are comedy. To have no candles at home? To visit workplace despite whole city is silent as graveyard? All tech is disabled, but you want to fly away on a jet?
And after all comes drama - about people who have to remember a lot to live in new world.

I had some blackout experience in big city - one was total (big city district was turned off for a day), another was long (no power in city block for a few days).
Total blackout means total transport collapse. No subway, no trains, no trolleys - and no traffic lights. No FM radio - is it the SHTF? And the answer is also "no". First of all, SW and MW stations were online as usual - with no messages about the war, zombie-apocalypse and so on. Secondary, cell phones worked well, and after some calls (it was a lot of time in traffic jams) I've got the situation. The blackout road was the worst part.

Long winter blackouts were quite common even in big cities of Russia in 1995-2000. They are the examples of chain reaction. Old central heating overload caused massive use of electrical heaters - and old power grid was overloaded too and very soon. But we still had one more grid - the gas supply. And it was active all the time, giving us hot meals and hot water. So-called "Khruschev's fridge" - the insulated in-wall space opened to outdoor - replaced electrical-powered fridge in winter time with ease. Some light from candles and some music from battery-operated radio - and life is good. Really.

Thanks a lot if you read up here,

P.S. Your post about Lykov family (Siberian hermits) guided me to some really interesting books that unrevealed a lot of details about Lykovs' daily life. I've also collected some stories about people in recent difficult times and it would be great to have your comments.
If you are interested in, you can e-mail me to andrew.grandilevsky@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Is this appropriate for tweens/teens or no?