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Starring: Hideaki lto, Ai Kato, Ryuta Sato, Nene Ohtsuka, Mitsuru Fukikoshi
Director: Eiichiro Hasumi
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2006






Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English & Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Letterbox
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1/2.0
Running Time: 1 hr 57 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Comstar



Sequel to box office hit about Coast Guards, 'Umizaru'. Two years into his career as a Japan Coast Guard frogman, Daisuke Senzaki (Hideaki Ito) has matured into a seasoned diver destined to be among the corp's elite. But he is haunted by past failure and the emotional strain that accompanies a job of saving lives has cast doubts in Daisuke's mind that threaten to destroy his relationship with Kanna.

Test of Trust was shot off the coasts of Kagoshima and Miyazaki, includes realistic sea and underwater footages. The centerpiece of the film is a specially-built enormous passenger ferry boat where all the adventure unfolds.


“Umizaru 2 – Test of Trust”, from its title, this sequel to its box office hit about Coast Guards, illustrates the trial and tribulations that are faced by its main character, Daisuke Senzaki (Hideaki Ito), be it in his gradual career growth to be an experienced and outstanding diver and in his personal love life with the beautiful girl, Kanna (Ai Kato). Apparently, suffering from the guilt and blaming himself for his failure to save the victim in a mission, it is getting to toil on Daisuke.

One day, an enormous passenger ferry boat started to sink and the passengers on board include his beloved one, Kanna. As Daisuke once again worked together with his team to carry out the mission of saving the passengers, the recollection of the old days began to haunt him back. Would he be able to fulfill his mission till the end, regardless the price he has to pay? Would he do it even at the cost of his life but this would renege his promise to Kanna that he would return to her safely, in last parting words with Kanna before she was evacuated and rescued? Daisuke was very determined to save the remaining passengers who were still trapped. The adventure begins to unfold.

Japanese action films are, unlike Hollywood blockbuster movies, mainly have their focus on people rather than the actions thus providing more dimensional characters. “Umizaru 2” impressed the audience more on its character development, exploration of human nature reaction when in danger, the relationship and the interaction among the characters. We have enough dosage of colossal, elaborate movie set-ups from Hollywood, so let’s go deeper in thinking to appreciate, understand more of the values we have while enjoying this heart-warming movie. “Umizaru 2” has relatively above average visual effects and shows that Asian movies are or can be capable in such quality production. A much faster pace would be desired.

Hideaki Ito has starred in quite a few Japanese dramas but rarely seen him in action pieces like “Umizaru 2”. He is definitely one of the few young Japanese actors who is able to portray such masculine character. “Umizaru 1” is also recommended to watch if you crave for more of his action. Sadly to say, Ai Kato’s character as Kanna, is perhaps part of the broadening of the movie to incorporate a love story but her role is definitely not dispensable. She belongs to the one of the two most important elements – love and work in Daisuke’s life.


Just a trailer.


Not bad for the visual transfer and the Dolby Digital 5.1 is relatively strong during the action sequences.



Review by Alicia Tee



Alternative Opinion:

. The movie review by our columnist

. Review of Umizaru One dvd

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