In Japaneses with English Subtitles
Director: Eiichiro Hasumi
Starring: Hideaki lto, Ai Kato, Ryuta Sato,
Nene Ohtsuka, Mitsuru Fukikoshi
RunTime: 1 hr 57 mins
Released By: Cathay-Keris Films
Official Website: http://www.ponycanyon.co.jp/intl/mp/60.html
Opening Day: 10 August 2006
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 top
destroy his relationship with Kanna.
Why is it that an immensely good-looking and courageous man
with a beautiful partner on hand has to be so gloomy and emotionally
drained? Is it the scriptwriters’ scheme to inject more
coolness to the character or just a plot to extract empathy
from the female audience?
Hideaki Ito (who is frequently seen in television serials)
plays Daisuke Senzaki, an elite seasoned diver with the Japanese
Coast Guards who forces himself to take a step backward in
committing his relationship further with his gorgeous “kawaii”
fiancé, Kana due to his struggle with his inner demons.
There’s never any deep dissection into the man’s
mind or behaviour. Senzaki might well be suffering from what
is commonly termed as clinical depression caused by his job.
But hey, this is after all a summer blockbuster in Japan,
apparently we have no time to dwell on tedious medical conditions.
Before you know it, a disaster involving a sinking gigantic
ferry has occurred. And our hero, Senzaki is dispatched on
this highly dangerous rescue mission within the first 30 minutes
of the movie.
The first “Umizaru” was a surprise-hit way back
in 2004 chronicling Senazaki as a young recruit and how he
won the hands of Kana behind the backdrop of the tough coast
guard grueling trainings. 2 years later when “Umizaru
2: Test of Trust” (It was titled as “Limit of
Love”) was released in Japan, it instantly became a
box-office hit outperforming the first instalment.
It’s easy to see why the “Umizaru” series
is such as hit in Japan and worldwide. It has handsome tough
men, lovey-dovey romance and heart-pounding rescue missions
not forgetting the lush oceanic cinematography. Practically
contain bits and pieces for everyone out there. The girls
will go for the suave Hideaki and the guys will go for the
action sets. There’s never a second for you to be distracted
by that bucket of popcorns on your lap. Apparently, the sequel
has a bigger budget for more realistic CG effects and pyrotechnics
and it never disappoints despite its clinched plotline.
If you assumed Japan only export horror fares then I suggest
you go for “Umizaru 2”. Japan was once a country
churning out quality commercial and art films alike before
the Korean wave took over. Touted as Japan’s “Top
Gun”, “Umizaru 2: Test of Trust” is a commercial
fare which you can trust. In fact its box-office was much
better than a certain bigger ship by the name of “Poseidon”
in its native land.
(A clinched plotline nevertheless a recommended Japanese fare
for the action and romance buffs)
by Linus Tee