A Hilarious All Boys Synchronize Swimming Team
My 3rd time viewing and still made me laughing so loud
I have some movies stack on my shelf but all of them are serious movies. Lately, I am in the mood of watching something funny and since I don’t have any funny new movie, I decided to rewatch Waterboys – ウォーターボーイズ (a movie by Shinobu Yaguchi).
As most Japanese high school themed movies, Waterboys is not only entertaining but also gives some moral for the young generation who watch the movie. The moral isn’t as strong as the Dorama (Japanese TV Series) but you can still feel it.
Waterboys is centered upon 5 high school students who were tricked by a beautiful new teacher to join their school’s swimming team. The school is an all boys school, but the new teacher didn’t want to teach them to be a swimmer, she wanted to teach them synchronized swimming. All the boys who wanted to be in the team because of the teacher left the team immediately…all but 5 students.
Suzuki (Satoshi Tsumabuki) as the leader is a failed swimmer, Sato (Hiroshi Tamaki) was thrown out of basketball team, Ohta (Akifumi Miura) wanted to build his muscle by joining the team, Saotome (Takatoshi Kaneko) joined because the boy he loved is in the team, and Kanazawa (Koen Kondo) was a mathematics genius. All these boys decided to stay.
Unfortunately, at the day they were going to rehearse…the teacher had to take a maternity leave. They were left all alone without any guidance. They decided to drop up because it was a humiliating idea, boys never performed synchronized swimming. But, somewhere along they hated being called as loser all the time…they came up to a final decision. They would perform at their school festival.
The comedy started from that decision.
They had to face some obstacles. Fortunately, they found help from an unexpected kind of man, a man whose early intention was to exploit them. How was their performance is something you have to see for yourself! 😉
This movie is alight movie that can easily entertained anyone who watch it…tho, I am a bit unsure about male audience as it shows a bunch of young boys dancing in their swimming pants. The comedy in this movie is a typical Japanese comedy, kinda like manga comedy. I laugh so hard at their first disaster performance.
Because the movie is only 90 minutes, we can’t see each character’s development as much as we wanted to. All the character are specified but not shown deeply. For a better character development, it would be much better to see the Dorama (I have reviewed them years ago but in my native language). The most interesting character of all are Sato and The Dolphin Trainer, these two are really crazy! Don’t expect to see Hiroshi Tamaki acts as handsome and charismatic as his role in Nodame Cantabile. Satoshi Tsumabuki who plays as the central character is not interesting at all, his character is too weak to be a leader…but I can’t deny the fact that he is really kakkoi.
The moral of this movie is about being who you are despite the fact that people are laughing at you.
It’s not a great movie, I admit that, but it sure is an entertaining, funny, and enjoyable movie. I will definitely watch it again in the future.
Director: Shinobu Yaguchi
Producer: Yoshino Sasaki, Daisuke Sekiguchi, Akifumi Takuma
Scriptwriter: Shinobu Yaguchi
Starring: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Hiroshi Tamaki, Akifumi Miura, Koen Kondo, Takatoshi Kaneko, Naoto Takenaka
Cinematography: Yuichi Nagata, Shinobu Yaguchi
Release date: 2001
Unfortunately,I couldn’t find the Japanese version trailer…so, I used the Korean version