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This movie turned out deeper than I was expecting, in the fact that it was dealing with a very sensitive and horrible subject, which is sexual abuse. We see how the heroine deals with or hides from the sexual abuse that she endured, by self destructing and becoming sexually promiscuous (like being stuck in a nightmare, as she describes it in the end). However when a new much younger diver joins the team, and Mariel realizes that the perverted coach is doing to her what he had done to Mariel when she was a very young teen, she starts getting dragged out of her stupor and denial.I thought the film was well done, and shows the reality of sexual abuse victims, and all the manipulation that goes on. The only heavy handed scene was the random sex scene in the beginning, but I guess it was to show that Mariel is not well, although they didn't need to be graphic (which is why I took two stars out of my rating for this film). Overall this is a nuanced film that portrays the reality of sexual abuse survivors, and all the stupor/denial they go through, before they finally take action.


I guess you know the drill by now for a typical Japanese zero to hero story, and while it's easy to lump this together with Waterboys, this one plays it serious and is pretty much devoid of humour. However it is no pushover in its drama, and its role in elevating the sport itself, given ample opportunity to explain its basic 101 diving principles to any rookie. Watching this for its spectacular dives is pretty much akin to watching it on a television sports channel, but of course the actors here make their characters more endearing as they battle their own personal demons.While there's scope for rivalry and friendship, ultimately the story touches on personal struggles, and the strength that the characters find from one another as they battle their way to the pinnacle of the sport. And like all individual sports, it gets lonelier as you approach the top, wanting desperately to meet a challenger who can spar with you and give you a run for your money, and the achievement whether be it for personal glory, or the survivability of the flock. It also deals with motivation and the love for the sport, and newbies won't feel alienated as you're given ample coaching lessons on the different patterns and system of scoring.Based on a novel by Eto Mori, the story has three male protagonist, who are actually crafted to cover an entire spectrum so as to provide some broad-based appeal. In one corner, you have the perfect diving athlete Yoichi Fujitani (Sosuke Ikematsu), of pedigree stock and carrying the weight of the entire diving club because he's the best. The coach (Ken Mitsuishi) also happens to be his father, who treats him more like protégé than a son, and despite the introduction of new female coach Kayoko (Asaka Seto), the weight on his shoulders is no less when she introduces a newcomer Shibuki Okitsu (Junpei Mizobata).Shibuki represents the other end of the spectrum, the rogue-like unorthodox challenger who doesn't seem to stick by the rules, and plays the game his way. Of pedigree as well since his grandfather represented Japan in the Olympics, his wild attitude also comes from an upbringing and honing of his craft not in stagnated pools, but from leaping off natural cliffs into the sea. He's aloof and seems to be a ticking time bomb that only Kayoko could reach out to and diffuse. A wildcard of the team, he brings about a real challenge to Yoichi, as well as aspiring to live up to his family name.And rounding off the trio is Kento Hayashi's timid, unpolished gem Tomoki Sakai. I've seen one other Hayashi movie before in Love Fight back at the Tokyo International Film Festival last year, and he too played a similar type of character, one with no innate talent, who has to rely on pure hard work, grit and determination to see him through his challenges. I suppose he continues to excel in such a role given his rather slender physique, though in this film he's rather toned. He represents the common man who has no proud ancestry to boast about or to live up to, and is just about your average Joe who makes the best use of opportunities that come his way, despite petty, childish setbacks and sacrifices to be made.Technically, Dive!! boasts of such excellent camera work, in large part due to the sweeping shots of the platforms, divers and the landscape around them. Then again, given all actors aren't professional divers, I guess the most they can achieve through their acting skills, is to convince you that they're the real deal, through the striking of believable poses that they're just about to execute some mean looking twists and mid-air somersaults before hitting the water cleanly. Camera angles play a key role here in ensuring the stunt / professional divers don't have their real faces exposed, and editing ensures the right cuts made, all the time.Expect the usual training montage to take place as well, and while you're likely to stay one step ahead throughout the narrative in predicting accurately just what will happen, since it doesn't offer any surprises after spelling out the motivation and goals of each character, director Naoto Kumazawa still manages to instill some sense of excitement during competitive dives, even though you're fully aware of the movie magic that's going on all around. Except for the final dive which I felt was a little over the top in trying to get its message across, to the point of bordering on the ridiculous.Nonetheless Dive!! is still an entertaining crowd pleaser, and I guess it'll put many in envious mode as the girls get to ogle at cute looking boys going about their thing with determination and drive, while the guys will wonder whether it's time to hit the gym to get those washboard stomachs!

While not a classic or meaningful, I found myself enjoying director Peter Yates project, "The Deep". I'd put the level of entertainment and feel very close to a 70s James Bond movie. Without a doubt, Robert Shaw strikes again. He commands every scene he's in an helps lift the movie out of mediocrity with his presence, energy, and wit. Along for the ride is Actors Nolte, Bissett, and Gossett, who all are satisfactory or even adequate. Not being an experienced diver, I cannot critique the diving scenes properly, however, they were also enjoyable to watch. Lastly, the story was better than average with a shade of mystery. The action sequences were passable. Settings and 70s peek were fun. Recommended.

Suspenseful , thrilling and well-paced underwater adventure about divers who locate a a shipwrecked treasure and morphine . This is an intense and engrossing movie with agreeable performances and good rendering of maritime action . The hit smash of Jaws by Steven Spielberg prompted this screen rendition of another Peter Benchley book . It concerns about an innocent couple ( Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset ) get involved in an underwater search for treasures in the island Bermuda . They descend deep into the big blue without the aid of any kind of breathing apparatus, though sometimes use scubas . The frogmen get excited when they accidentally discover what they believe is a vast sunken treasure. They find a shipwrecked galleon and a crashed WWII vessel plenty of dope . They find a historic wreck, but nearby is a wrecked ship with a large quantity of morphine . Romer and Gail want the treasure; their diving partners also want the drugs . Dangerous criminals realize the ship and dope are submerged somewhere in the area . When the bad guys learn that the couple has located the drugs, Romer and Gail find themselves in mortal peril . Exciting and well-paced underwater adventure about a marriage that in the process they are threatened and then must thwart the enemies. The team of divers faces danger when they attempt to retrieve goods from a Spanish ship , as they spend time in shark-infested water and are helped by a treasure-seeker ( Robert Shaw ) and his underling ( Robert Tessier ) and confront nasty drug-lord ( Louis Gossett Jr ). The four divers set off on a perilous expedition in search of legendary treasure of a mysterious galleon resting in ocean floor and take back drug into the ship .The pace moves along nicely and production values are on the high scale . This is an amusing seagoing adventure in which the ocean deep figure prominently , though this time guarding sunken treasure . The action is plentiful with undersea excitement with terrifying underwater sequences. The film is spirited, lively and at times rather frightening light amusing . Made mainly as vehicle for Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset , they show particularly in the technical excellence of the underwater scenes . They show off their considerable screen presence, both attractive and slender . Lightweight entertainment notable for sunny outdoors and underwater photography as well as Bisset in a bathing suit, a glamorous bikini and of course her famous wet T-shirt. Jacqueline Bisset fans will ask no more than the sight of their star in a swimsuit involved in this fast-moving sunken treasure yarn.This waterlogged story is packed with gorgeous cinematography by Christopher Challis who manage to keep this afloat with fab footage maritime as expert cameraman ; furthermore pulsating musical score by the classic John Barry . The movie was spectacularly shot in Bermuda , Australia and British Virgin Islands . The motion picture is professionally directed by Peter Yates ( Bullit ) though drags in some places and is overlong . In the 2000s was realized a special remake of this story with Paul Walker and Jessica Alba in similar roles to Nolte and Bisset titled Into the blue .

I was available to download it without any payment or account. Now I know from simple technical knowledge that Blu-ray is not that small. The discs for Blu-ray range from single-layer to quadruple-layer with each layer containing a possible 25GB. So while the movie may have started from a Blu-ray, the quality took a dive into order to release it to the world. 041b061a72


discussion about poetry by Kelly Alexandra Hoff.


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