This eye-opening Academy Award-winning documentary is a shocking exposť on the horrifying and barbaric practices going on in the Japanese village of Taiji, where the residing fishermen, with the asisstance of the government, are butchering 23 000 dolphins every year. A group of American and European activists know about this well-kept secret and are outraged by this, so they decide to get the visual proof needed to bring it to the world's attention.
This documentary plays out like a mystery thriller, with the leader of the activists being Ric Parry, who ironically was the man responsible for raising dolphins in captivity in the 60's for the TV series Flipper. He now regrets his past actions and believes dolphins should be free, and is spending his life trying to save them. When he assembles the team to tackle this mission, it's like an Ocean's 11 or Mission: Impossible set-up, where the team members are introduced, and their credentials shown to us, backed up by a wonderfully exciting music score.
But the true excitement is to be had once they touch down in Japan, constantly followed and harrassed by Japanese officials who can sense they're up to something. The rest of the documentary builds up to a shockingly gruesome climax which may not be easy viewing for lots of people. But this story needed to be told, and Japan's controversial policies regarding these dolphins, as well as their plans for whaling, are certainly brought out into the open.
This is pure suspense-thriller style documentary filmmaking, and richly deserved it's Oscar for Best Documentary feature in 2010. The ending may not be the most satisfying though, but rest assured that there is still lots to be done, and if we all can gain a sense of purpose after watching this, we'll realize that maybe we CAN do something for these wonderfully graceful creatures. Brilliant! (5 out of 5, by Carlisle Johnson)
In a sleepy lagoon off the coast of Japan, behind a wall of barbed wire and "Keep Out” signs, lies a shocking secret.
It is here, under cover of night, that the fishermen of Taiji engage in an unseen hunt for thousands of dolphins.
The nature of the work is so horrifying, a few desperate men will stop at nothing to keep it hidden from the world. But when an elite team of activists, filmmakers and freedivers embark on a covert mission to penetrate the cove, they discover that the shocking atrocities they find there are just the tip of the iceberg.
2010 Academy Award-winner for Best Documentary Feature.
Lions Gate Home Entertainment
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||192 x 137 x 15mm (L x W x T)
||1 hour, 28 minutes
Region 2. This DVD will play in all South African DVD players.
|| Dolby Digital 5.1
|| Widescreen 16:9 (1.78:1)
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