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Water Boys (Hong Kong Version) VCD

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Water Boys (Hong Kong Version)
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Customer Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.1 out of 10 (7)
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Make way for the synchronized swimmers in the crowd-pleasing zero-to-hero youth film Water Boys! Directed by Yaguchi Shinobu (Swing Girls), this hilarious and heartwarming 2001 sports comedy about a bunch of high school boys who take up synchronized swimming received eight nominations at the Japan Academy Awards and won a Best Newcomer trophy for heartthrob Tsumabuki Satoshi (Nada Sou Sou). Water Boys not only launched Tsumabuki Satoshi to fame, it also provided a start for many other newcomer actors, most notably Hiroshi Tamaki (Nodame Cantabile, Midnight Eagle). The great success and popularity of Water Boys also inspired a spin-off television drama that eventually ran for three seasons and launched even more careers.

Swimming team member Suzuki (Tsumabuki Satoshi) has a problem: he's the only person on the team. Team membership skyrockets when the school gets a hot new coach, but it turns out she actually teaches synchronized swimming! Persuaded by her beauty, the guys clumsily give the unmanly sport a try, but she soon bails out for maternity leave. Refusing to give up, Suzuki and his remaining four teammates - Sato (Tamaki Hiroshi), Ohta (Miura Akifumi), Kanazawa (Kondo Koen, Ping Pong), and Saotome (Kaneko Takatoshi, Azumi) - enlist a wacky dolphin trainer (Takenaka Naoto, Nodame Cantabile) to be their new teacher!

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Product Title: Water Boys (Hong Kong Version) 五個撲水的少年 (香港版) 五个扑水的少年 (香港版) ウォーターボーイズ (海外版) Water Boys (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: Waterboys Waterboys Waterboys Waterboys Waterboys
Artist Name(s): Tsumabuki Satoshi (Actor) | Yaguchi Shinobu | Tyuji Miyajima | Tamaki Hiroshi (Actor) | Miura Akifumi | Kaneko Takatoshi | Kondo Koen | Hirayama Aya | Manabe Kaori | Takenaka Naoto | Sugimoto Tetta | Emoto Akira 妻夫木聰 (Actor) | 矢口史靖 | 宮島龍治 | 玉木宏 (Actor) | 三浦哲郁 | 金子貴俊 | 近藤公園 | 平山綾 | 真鍋香織 | 竹中直人 | 杉本哲太 | 柄本明 妻夫木聪 (Actor) | 矢口史靖 | 宫岛龙治 | 玉木宏 (Actor) | 叁浦哲郁 | 金子贵俊 | 近藤公园 | 平山绫 | 真锅香织 | 竹中直人 | 杉本哲太 | 柄本明 妻夫木聡 (Actor) | 矢口史靖 | 宮島竜治 | 玉木宏 (Actor) | 三浦哲郁 | 金子貴俊 | 近藤公園 | 平山綾 | 眞鍋かをり | 竹中直人 | 杉本哲太 | エモトアキラ Tsumabuki Satoshi (Actor) | Yaguchi Shinobu | Tyuji Miyajima | 타마키 히로시 (Actor) | Miura Akifumi | Kaneko Takatoshi | Kondo Koen | Hirayama Aya | Manabe Kaori | Takenaka Naoto | Sugimoto Tetta | Emoto Akira
Director: Yaguchi Shinobu 矢口史靖 矢口史靖 矢口史靖 Yaguchi Shinobu
Release Date: 2002-04-25
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): VCD
Rating: IIA
Duration: 91 (mins)
Publisher: Winson Entertainment Distribution Ltd.(HK)
Other Information: 2VCDs
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1001832048

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主演:妻夫木聰╱玉木宏╱三浦哲郁╱近藤公園╱金子貴俊╱
   平山綾╱真鍋香織╱竹中直人╱杉本哲太╱柄本明
導演.編劇:矢口史靖



妻夫木聰 飾 鈴木
玉木宏  飾 佐藤
三浦哲郁 飾 太田
近藤公園 飾 金澤
金子貴俊 飾 早乙女
平山綾  飾 靜子
真鍋香織 飾 佐久間
竹中直人 飾 海豚訓練員
杉本哲太 飾 杉田老師
柄本明  飾 人妖吧老闆娘


  <談談情、跳跳舞>幕後精英、再爆笑彈!
  <五個相撲的少年>大師兄-竹中直人混水摸魚特訓!
  <奉子成婚>青春人氣偶像-妻夫木聰演繹真人真事!
  全日本第一隊韻律泳男子組威水史!


  面臨解散命運的唯野高校游泳隊,隊員祇剩下三年級生的鈴木;全無鬥志可言;當新到任的女教師佐久間成為顧問後,隊員一下子增加到三十人。然而,佐久間的意願並非教授游泳,原來是希望成立韻律泳隊。當大家知道佐久間的目的後,都雞飛狗走,祇有鈴木、佐藤、太田裕一、金澤孝志,早乙女五個別無去處的同學逼不得已地留下…
  為人古怪的海豚訓練員、游泳隊的統領杉田老師、傾慕於木獨的鈴木的櫻木女子高校學生靜子、酒吧的人妖老闆娘陸續出現,令事情到達難以收拾的局面…。最後一年的高校生暑假,揭開韻律泳特訓的序幕,究竟他們能否順利地表演呢?!

  It's springtime in Japan and the Tadano High School swimming team is barely keeping afloat. When a pretty new coach turns up with the nutty idea of creating a top synchronized swimming team of her own, she has a few problems to overcome. First, she's teaching at an all-boys school; second, the 5 boys who have committed to the team are all hopelessly bad swimmers; third, she suddenly discovers she's 8 months pregnant and due for maternity leave.
  Inspired by their darling coach's dream, the boys bumble through the spring and summer, preparing a routine for Tadano High's festival. They face great adversity: the derision of their fellow students, a swimming pool full of dead fish, the mounting pressures of college entrance exams, and worst of all, their own dismal record if constant failure. Their only encouragement comes from a gaggle of local drag queens and the crazy owner of an aquarium, whose idea of training them, is making them polish fish tanks round-the clock.
  When autumn finally rolls around, the boys have not only miraculously perfected a truly unique routine, they've won the respect and participation of a whole crew of new teammates. On the eve of the festival, the performance is threatened by one last catastrophe. Will the Waterboys hard work be wasted, or can they paddle their way to the success and recognition they've worked so hard to win?
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Professional Review of "Water Boys (Hong Kong Version)"

April 3, 2006

This professional review refers to Water Boys Standard Edition (Japan Version - English Subtitles)
Ninety-one minutes of wet Japanese boys: I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. For those that need further convincing, Waterboys is also piss-funny. It's a simple story, about a boys' high school swim team. Team membership goes from one to fifty when the boys find their new coach is a girl, then back to five when she wants them to do synchronized swimming. Bummer. They'll be called nancies if they succeed, and losers if they don't. If you've ever tried to stay afloat with one leg in the air, you'll know how difficult synchro is. If you haven't, I suggest you try. Then you'll appreciate these boys in their quest, a quest which includes fish-flinging, dolphin fun, a transvestite geisha club, a flaming afro, and of course the main goal of teenage boys: teenage girls. Not all the boys are girl-mad, though: one is a maths geek, another strips down to a g-string to build up some muscle, while a third harbours a secret passion for another. This film is light years ahead of the average teen comedy. There's no moral lessons, no bad guys who get humiliated, and no parents: just five Japanese boys, some fish, some dolphins, and lots of water.

8 very tight speedos out of 10

by Alison Jobling - heroic-cinema.com

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Customer Review of "Water Boys (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.1 out of 10 (7)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.4 out of 10 (34)

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October 9, 2009

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2 people found this review helpful

Great Movie Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
The movie is very funny and based on a true story (which happened back in 1986). The end performance is very well done. We got the Hong Kong version, as those are way cheaper and have English subtitles.
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August 25, 2007

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Fun family fare Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
"WaterBoys" is a sweet-natured, enjoyable comedy about a group of high school boys who join together to form a synchronized swimming team that will perform at their school's annual festival.

The film is slow to get off the ground, with the opening 20 minutes featuring too much low comedy of pratfalls and slapstick. However, once the boys begin their practices, "WaterBoys" begins to take flight.

While the film's premise is outlandish, the interactions among the ensemble cast feel genuine and it is the good nature of the kids that pulls the movie together and gets the viewer rooting for them.

"WaterBoys" is a lot of fun for the entire family. I highly recommend it.
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October 8, 2006

2 people found this review helpful

it was good Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
i didn't know if i wanted to try this movie because i don't understand Japanese at all. but people keep on telling me that it's good and funny and all. i gave in and watched it and had to keep reading the subtitle. not something i like to do but under the circumstances i had to. it was good. it had its funny moments here and there. the lead actor is very young looks like a high school kid as is who is portraying. the swimming was good.
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January 19, 2006

This customer review refers to Water Boys Standard Edition (Japan Version - English Subtitles)
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Funny Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This movie was really funny. I had to get it after the first time that i saw it.
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Rin
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June 20, 2005

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Incredible! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is such an awesome movie!
Not only was I nearly in tears from laughter the entire time, but once it was over, I had to fight the urge to watch it several more times.
You will not be disappointed by this movie, at all, it's a must see!
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