Roland Emmerich, director of the upcoming end-of-the-world movie "2012," poses with Japanese "tarento" Megumi Yasu, 27, in Tokyo on Wednesday. The media were shown 15 minutes of footage from the still-unfinished film for the first time in the world. Emmerich, who directed such films as "The Day After Tomorrow" and "Independence Day," said it was appropriate to show footage from "2012" on the day of the solar eclipse since eclipses are seen by many cultures as omens of disaster. Yasu asked Emmerich if the Mayan prophecy on which the film is based -- that the world will end on Dec 21, 2012 -- was true, since her birthday is Dec 22. "2012" opens in Japan on Nov 21© Japan Today
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