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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 free divers 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.
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NOTE: Mercury released into the environment becomes a serious threat when it settles into oceans and waterways, where it builds up in fish. Exposure to mercury may cause serious health problems, and is a threat to the development of the child in utero and early in life. It may have toxic effects on the nervous, digestive and immune systems, and on lungs, kidneys, skin and eyes. Mercury is considered as one of the top ten chemicals of major public health concern.
Parts of the documentary are very hard to watch - notably the sections when the slaughter occurs. If you think of dolphins as similar to fish since they share the same environment, you will think again when you see these magnificent creatures suffer as they are killed. Part of the film shows the extent of the slaughter with no dialogue and this is the hardest part to watch - the water in the cove changes to bright red and you have to turn away for a second.
If you have any inclination of feelings towards the majestic dolphin and other marine mammals, you will enjoy this film, if only for the fact that it shows the successful exposing of an atrocity by the Japanese. In this day and age, it is difficult to accept that such a slaughter is cultural - so was slavery in the American past, and look how far we've come.
This one is a keeper. Watch it and get involved in saving these beautiful creatures.
It started off a little weird with you trying to figure out who the narrator was and why is he one of the subjects. After that settles and you see who's who, this film just takes off. I felt a little stupid thinking I was aware of most of the issues concerning animals in captivity and their journey from the wild to the cages but this film taught me a great deal more.
Don't want to put spoilers in my review but this film was good. That whole Black Ops Japan stunt they pulled was phenomenal. I'm glad they put some behind-the-scenes footage to show us to what lengths they went to make it all happen.
A film you can watch with the whole family. Public high schools should be showing films like these instead of boring us with 1950's public service announcement classroom videos.
Great film (by "great" I mean ten times better than Searching for Sugarman).