20 July 2013

Umizaru Movie Review

Title: Umizaru
AKA: Sea monkeys
Genre: Action, Romance
Origin: Japan
Release date: June 12, 2004
Cast: Ito Hideaki, Kato Ai, Kaito Ken, Karina, Ito Atsushi and Murata Mitsu.

Senzaki Daisuke (Ito Hideaki) is a new coast guard recruit, with a master diving license. He joined the coast guard due to boredom at being a salary man. Being cocky and sort of undisciplined, he isn’t really interested in being a diver, but when Mishima Yuji (Kaito Ken) pokes at his pride, he decides to fight back.
On a day out Daisuke meets Izawa Kanna (Kato Ai), a fashion journalist, who he almost has a one night stand with. Even though they decided to part, they keep meeting again.
When the trainees are introduced to the ‘buddy’ system, Daisuke is teamed up with Kudo Hajime (Ito Atsushi), the lowest trainee, and the most likely to be released from duty. At first Daisuke finds him annoying and thinks of him as being in the way, but as time passes they become close.
Now he has to make sure that Hajime passes the test…

First of all bad summary, but sort of what this movie about. That said, I like this, maybe much more than I thought I would. If you’ve watched and liked those Japanese inspiration dramas, like when someome has a hobby or a dream, and then fights for it, you will probably love this too. I mean, for a movie that is almost 10 years old, I honestly was moved. Seriously people sacrificing their lives for other people, is honestly something Japanese are great at making movies off. Acting wise, great. Chemisty, there too, and lastly story, pretty good. Oh yeah, and a whole loads of butts. (Don’t ask)
All in all, a great Japanese movie.

☆☆☆☆ / 4 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥ / 4 out of 5 hearts

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