Great drama of courage
ebiros2 from United States
25 December 2011
This was a remake of the 1968 classic movie based on a non-fiction
novel by Shoji Kimoto. This two part series was made to commemorate the
50th anniversary of Fuji Television Network.
The story is about construction of 4th Kurobe dam which was like the
Japanese version of the Hoover or Grand Coolly dam. The dam had to be
made in the wilderness of the mountains, and roads had to be custom
made to reach the building site. One tunnel especially gave the company
hard time to bore through, and best technicians, engineers, and workers
were gathered to create a tunnel through area know as Fossa Magna - a
great pressure zone of pulverized rocks and water caused by the
tectonic force that bend the main island of Japan.
In the post war days, Japan was growing into a first world nation. With
it came the demand for electricity. Like some parts of the world,
Japanese citizens living in Kansai region had to put up with frequent
black out period. To cope with this, Kansai Electric company planned to
make the largest dam in the history of Japan. The two part series is
the story about the company's effort to finance, gather the work force,
and build this dam that they called Kuroyon damu (4th Kurobe dam).
Shingo Katori puts on a good performance as the tunnel digger, and
other casts and crew also puts in a superb show of talent.
This is a beautifully done drama that is deep and entertaining. There
are so many characters that appears in this drama to name each one, but
each adds to the story to make one of the best TV drama made. It also
shows the difficulty of construction when technology was still at
primitive stage of development.
The movie succeeds in creating a transporting experience that takes you
back in time, and place where things were different but had beauty all
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