Gay Andy

April 9, 2010

DIVE – a Must See Movie!

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Cast & Crew



Kento Hayashi. . . . .Tomoki Sakai
Sosuke Ikematsu. . . . .Yoichi Fujitani
Junpei Mizobata. . . . .Shibuki Okitsu
Asaka Seto. . . . .Kayoko Asaki
Misako Renbutsu. . . . .Kyoko Nishikawa
Ken Mitsuishi. . . . .Keisuke Fujitani
Toru Emori. . . . .Ichiro Maehara
Yuya Fukuda. . . . .Ryo Daiko

One day a small boy named Tomo meets a young high diver named Yoichi, a friendship is born, and Tomo is introduced to a new sport. Fast forward a few years…

Tomoki Sakai (Kento Hayashi) is now your average junior-high student. Fascinated by the diving skills of his friend Yoichi Fujitani (Sosuke Ikematsu), an elite athlete born into a family of former Olympic divers, Tomoki joins the Mizuki Diving Club (MDC) where Yoichi trains.

However, the club is in the red, and its very survival is under question. Beautiful Kayoko Asaki has just returned from the US and joins the club as a new coach, with the mission to save MDC. Her goal is for the club to produce an athlete capable of competing in the Olympics. She brings in high schooler Shibuki Okitsu (Junpei Mizobata), a skillful diver with a wild streak from Tsugaru. His volcanic personality and fierce competitiveness change the atmosphere in the club.

At this point in the movie you can expect conflict and rivalry, but 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.

Based on a novel by Eto Mori, the story has three male protagonist. You have the perfect diving athlete Yoichi Fujitani, of pedigree stock and carrying the weight of the entire diving club because he’s the best. The coach also happens to be his father, who treats him more like protege than a son.

Shibuki is the rogue-like challenger who doesn’t stick by the rules, and plays the game his way. His grandfather represented Japan in the Olympics, his wild attitude also comes from honing of his craft not in stagnated pools, but from leaping off cliffs into the sea. He’s aloof and is not only a ticking time bomb but the wild card of the team.

And rounding off the trio is the timid, unpolished gem Tomoki Sakai who is your average kid and who makes the best use of opportunities that come his way, despite the petty, childish setbacks and sacrifices to be made.

This was Japan’s entry into last year’s Academy Awards foreign category. A huge Asian boxoffice success that is still playing in Thailand and Singapore as I type. If you like diving you’ll love the flowing camera shots and at times breathtaking angles as the divers fly off the platform and hit the water. Don’t miss this one.

One day when Tomoki (”Tomo”) is out bicycling as a small boy he sees something big in the sky that he thinks resembles a large dragon. It´s his first contact with a diving tower. When he comes closer, the boy Yoichi jumps out of the water and as friendship arises he is in this way introduced to the new sport. Some years later as junior high students they are diving together for the same diving club, the Mizuki Diving Club, coached by Yoichi´s father. The club is not doing well enough and therefore the female coach Kayoko Asaki is brought in with the only goal of producing an athlete that can compete in the Olympic team. With her she brings the skillful diver Shibuki, a boy with a strong personality and who is not there to make friends. With these new arrangements the atmosphere in the club is changed. We will then follow the struggles of the boys Tomo, Yoichi and Shibuki, and how they deal with the pressure to perform their best (and more!). They all have individual dreams about how to make it to the Olympic team!

Diving is an individual sport and ”with each win you become lonelier”. But must this be true, or can their be friendship among the competitors?

This is a great coming of age film about three boys who must learn how to handle competition, pressure, love and friendship! And there are lots of skillful diving!!

DVD Features:

Format: Widescreen

Audio: Digital Dolby 5.1

Extras: Scene Selection

The Quality on this film is rated…

EXCELLENT: 10 out of 10

The film is has been give 10 out of 10 stars by several people who have watched it.

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5 Comments »

  1. The description of the movie you gave makes me want to see it :)Thanks for the suggestion!

    Comment by Erik — April 9, 2010 @ 8:50 pm | Reply

  2. Looks awesome. But you'll never see a film like that in North America on tv. I think the networks are getting worse and worse with the independent films. We have satelite with all the channels and the movies are always the worst hetero crap that they can find. Can you say insipid. Any hint of homosexuality will eliminate any movie from tv. Good luck finding it at the store. Only the Internet will provide movies like this and that is a shame. I have the body for speedos and that is what I wear at the Aquatic Center; you feel like a shark swimming in them. At the public beach I wear boxer type swim trunks and although they look kind of cool, they feel like you are dragging an anchor; terrible to swim in. Andy, you have never mentioned if you guys swim, especially with that nice river and lake close by. – Wayne 🙂

    Comment by wayner — April 9, 2010 @ 9:07 pm | Reply

  3. Hi Andy, OOOO this video looks and sounds good!!!! I am going to buy it soon. from Dean

    Comment by wetcool1 — April 10, 2010 @ 12:12 am | Reply

  4. You know where I can download?

    Comment by junior — April 13, 2010 @ 3:32 am | Reply

  5. @ Dean and @ Junior – you can rent the movie Dive. Here's where you can rent it from: CLICK HERE

    Comment by gay Andy — April 13, 2010 @ 4:46 am | Reply


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