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Umizaru 3: The Test of Courage

By inSing.com EditorMovies - 04 May 2011 11:00 AM | Updated 11:14 AM

Umizaru 3: The Test of Courage

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Rating: 3 stars out of 5

The stars: Hideaki Ito, Ryuta Sato, Ai Kato, Masaya Kato

The buzz: The Umizaru movies have been dependable.

The Story: A menacing typhoon approaches a damaged oil rig. Japan Coast Guard rescue divers Daisuke Senzaki (Hideaki Ito), Tetsuya Yoshioka (Ryuta Sato) and engineer Hiroshiichirou Sakuragi (Masaya Kato) attempt to evacuate the survivors, but are trapped inside.

 

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inSing says: Originally a manga comic that morphed into a TV series, the latest movie in the highly successful Umizaru trilogy is a melodramatic mix of drama and action. The handsome Hideaki Ito has the lead role of Daisuke, who, since the last Umizaru movie, is married to Kanna (Ai Kato) and have a young child.

Once again, the movie has a ripped-from-the-headlines feel, as it surrounds an evacuation attempt around an oil rig. It’s not so straightforward though; the rig was built by an international consortium, and Japan’s reputation is on the line. The film throws up the question about how much a human live is worth; and jumps back and forth between Daisuke’s messages to the landbound Kanna on their third wedding anniversary.

There aren’t that many diving scenes, and much of the action feels restrained, building up to a final half hour where Daisuke’s fate hangs in the balance. Fans of the TV series and earlier movies would probably be the best audience for this, though those unfamiliar with it might just find things overly soggy.