Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.
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Very shocking - I still don't understand why whaling is such a prominent industry in Japan in terms of the political power it exerts because whale (and dolphin) meat are rarely consumed in a typical Japanese person's life - at least not in Tokyo. I'd be interested to know whether the situation has changed at all after the DPJ took control.
As a movie and documentary, it's great. It does everything a standard documentary does, which is to give you a subjective view of the issue at hand through the tainted eyes of the filmmaker. What it doesn't do is let you think for yourself.
A propaganda film, to be certain, but also an incredibly sharply-crafted documentary. Solidly-paced and continually engrossing, it masters some surprising moments of suspense, poignancy, and outrage. As long as you can look past its political agenda, some great documentary filmmaking.
The most horrifying ecological investigation I've seen in awhile. It would serve this right to name it a 'horror doc' instead of just being another Michael Moorish kind of effort of cultural awareness towards the infuriating and shocking industry of whaling and dolphin slaughter in Japan.