AKA: Umizaru: Limit of Love / Umizaru: Test of Trust
Genre: Action, Romance
Release date: May 6, 2006
Cast: Ito Hideaki, Kato Ai, Sato Ryuta, Otsuka Nene, Fukikoshi Mitsuru and Tokito Saburo.
After Nagare was scrapped the Yokohama team was separated into different branches and different districts. Senzaki Daisuke (Ito Hideaki) together with Yosikawa Tetsuya (Sato Ryuta) got stationed in a mobile rescue unit based in Kagoshima. When his girlfriend Kanna (Kato Ai) visits, to talk about their wedding, she is stunned when Daisuke tells her he needs time to think things through.
When a huge cruise ship breaks down 2km from the Kagoshima shore, the rescue unit is mobilized to save the 600 passengers and crew. On the ship Daisuke happens to find Kanna on, but due to a hurt and pregnant passenger, they split, Kanna to evacuation, Daisuke to escort the passenger. As he is moving through the parking lot, he stumbles upon another passenger, but he is unwilling to leave his car. While lighting his cigarette on, the flares fall on the ground and hit spilt gasoline, making the second floor explode. Managing to avoid the explosion, Daisuke and the two passengers are saved by Tetsuya, only to find out that they are trapped, and have nowhere to get out…
One word: wow. Who said only Americans know how to make action/thriller movies?! This movie is amazing. I have no idea where the 2 hours I spent watching this went! They really took this up a notch!
Again we have the honest and almost realistic story, though with pretty amazing saving/surviving skills, but nevertheless, mostly realistic. Everything from the love story, to the unity of the coast guard, to the stories of the passengers, everything was made so good. One negative would be that the actual progress in their lives was not that vivid, but that is just me.
All in all, a very good movie!
☆☆☆☆½ / 4½ out of 5 stars