Umizaru (film)

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Umizaru japanese poster.jpg
The poster for the film.
Directed by Eiichiro Hasumi
Written byManga:
Shūhō Satō
Fukada Yasushi
Starring Hideaki Itō
Kato Ai
Ken Kaito
Atsushi Itō
Miki Ryosuke
Jun Kunimura
Music by Sato Naoki
Release date
  • 2004 (2004)
Running time
120 minutes
Language Japanese

Umizaru (海猿) is a 2004 action film directed by Eiichiro Hasumi. It is the first feature-length film of the Umizaru projects, preceding the 2005 11-episode Fuji Television and Kyodo Television drama series Umizaru Evolution and the 2006 film Limit of Love: Umizaru . The film is the first of the 3-part film and television project. The project is adapted from the popular 12 Shogakukan manga books Umizaru written by Yōichi Komori (小森陽一) and illustrated by Shūhō Satō from 1998 to 2001. The film stars Hideaki Itō as Japan Coast Guard (JCG) rescue diver Senzaki Daisuke, and Kato Ai as his love interest Izawa Kanna.

There are also NHK dramas Umizaru (2002) and Umizaru 2 (2003).

Umizaru means "Sea Monkey"; this is a derogatory label slapped on the rescue diver trainees by local townsfolk of the city of Kure due to their excessive and uninhibited behaviour during off hours.

Journey's "Open Arms" was used in the film as the theme song.

The 2006 movie The Guardian was based on this movie.


Hideaki Itō Senzaki Daisuke
Kato Ai Izawa Kanna
Ken Kaito Yuji Mishima
Karina Nurse Erika Matsubara
Atsushi Itō Hajime Kudo
Kyoko Natsuko Nakasako
Jun Kunimura Admiral Masaki Igarashi
Tatsuya Fuji Sergeant Minamoto

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