7.2/10
2,222
14 user 15 critic
In a Japanese high school, a class of adolescent geeks joins the new synchronized swimming teacher and takes up the challenge to take part in the competition, in spite of the mockeries of the "real sportsmen".

Director:

Shinobu Yaguchi

Writers:

Yasushi Fukuda (screenplay), Shinobu Yaguchi (screenplay)
Reviews
3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A tale of delinquent and lazy school girls. In their efforts to cut remedial summer math class, they end up poisoning and replacing the schools brass band.

Director: Shinobu Yaguchi
Stars: Juri Ueno, Yûta Hiraoka, Shihori Kanjiya
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After failing his university entrance examinations and being left by his girlfriend, Yuki Hirano decides to join a forestry training program only to discover that the job is much harder ... See full summary »

Director: Shinobu Yaguchi
Stars: Masami Nagasawa, Shôta Sometani, Hideaki Itô
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A story about the disappearance of Kirishima, a star athlete of the volleyball club and how this disappearance of his affect every person in his school.

Director: Daihachi Yoshida
Stars: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Ai Hashimoto, Suzuka Ohgo
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Tsuneo is a university student working part-time in a mah-jong parlour. Lately the customers have been talking about an old lady who pushes a baby carriage through the streets. They say she... See full summary »

Director: Isshin Inudô
Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Chizuru Ikewaki, Juri Ueno
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A failed actor switches identities with a stranger at a bath house thinking it is his way out of his life of misery but only to find himself filling the shoes of an elite assassin.

Director: Kenji Uchida
Stars: Masato Sakai, Teruyuki Kagawa, Ryôko Hirosue
Go (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Sugihara, born in Japan but with North Korean parents, falls in love with a Japanese girl after changing from a North Korean school to a Japanese school. His boxer dad teaches him boxing - skills used a lot.

Director: Isao Yukisada
Stars: Yôsuke Kubozuka, Ko Shibasaki, Shinobu Ôtake
Hana to Arisu (2004)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

When two best friends develop a crush on the same boy, they develop a plan to trick him into dating them.

Director: Shunji Iwai
Stars: Anne Suzuki, Yû Aoi, Tomohiro Kaku
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

While searching for his fiancee Ritsuko, Sakutarou rediscovers through flashbacks the void deep within him caused by the events from his high school days.

Director: Isao Yukisada
Stars: Takao Ohsawa, Ko Shibasaki, Masami Nagasawa
Pinpon (2002)
Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The film traces the growth and friendship of two very different high-school ping-pong players. "Peco" Hoshino is a brash, arrogant player, determined to turn pro. He taught his quiet, nerdy... See full summary »

Director: Fumihiko Sori
Stars: Yôsuke Kubozuka, Arata Iura, Sam Lee
Happy Flight (2008)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A great variety of aviation professionals such as pilots, flight attendants, the ground crew, mechanics, dispatchers, controllers, and the bird patrol crew all support a single flight. They... See full summary »

Director: Shinobu Yaguchi
Stars: Seiichi Tanabe, Saburô Tokitô, Haruka Ayase
Robo Jî (2012)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Three employees of the Kimura Electrical Company are due to present a new robot to an important robot exhibition in the coming days, but after an accident in which the robot is destroyed, ... See full summary »

Director: Shinobu Yaguchi
Stars: Naoto Takenaka, Yuriko Yoshitaka, Gaku Hamada
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A music group of girls need to learn to play a song before the school festival.

Director: Nobuhiro Yamashita
Stars: Doona Bae, Aki Maeda, Yû Kashii
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Satoshi Tsumabuki ... Suzuki
Hiroshi Tamaki ... Sato
Akifumi Miura Akifumi Miura ... Ohta
Kôen Kondô ... Kanazawa
Takatoshi Kaneko Takatoshi Kaneko ... Saotome
Aya Hirayama Aya Hirayama ... Shizuko Kiuchi
Kaori Manabe Kaori Manabe ... Mrs. Sakuma
Takashi Kawamura Takashi Kawamura ... Ikeuchi
Hiroshi Matsunaga Hiroshi Matsunaga ... Mochizuki
Yûya Nishikawa Yûya Nishikawa ... Sakamoto
Katsuyuki Yamazaki Katsuyuki Yamazaki ... Yama-chan
Taiyô Sugiura Taiyô Sugiura ... Taiyô
Koutarou Tanaka Koutarou Tanaka ... Koutarou
Makoto Ishihara Makoto Ishihara ... Makoto
Naoshi Saitô Naoshi Saitô ... Naoshi
Edit

Storyline

In a Japanese high school, a class of adolescent geeks joins the new synchronized swimming teacher and takes up the challenge to take part in the competition, in spite of the mockeries of the "real sportsmen".

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 September 2001 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Hablegények See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Followed by Waterboys 2005 Natsu (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

SYMPHONY NO.5 IN C-SHARP MINOR -- 4th MOVEMENT
Music by Gustav Mahler
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
fun film
8 May 2008 | by CountZero313See all my reviews

Waterboys opens with a laugh-out-loud visual gag, and pretty much doesn't let up from then on in. The story is that the high school swim team is all but defunct, perennial loser Suzuki being the last remaining member. When a hot young female teacher arrives and takes charge, the membership swells, only to recede again when she reveals her plans to have them become synchronized swimmers. The remaining five pupils are already battling against the odds when their new-found mentor leaves them in the lurch.

So far, so formulaic, but all this happens in the first two minutes and then Yaguchi lets his characters run the story. Tsumabaki does well as the encumbered team captain, his relationship with a ditsy girlfriend adding light romantic interest. Takenaka Naoto reprises his Shall We Dance OTT routine to great effect as the team's cynical trainer. But this is an ensemble piece, the laughs coming from the direction and choreography as much as the performances. One disastrous training session exceeds funny to become hilarious through the judicious decision to shoot it in slow motion.

The film is quick-paced, and best of all it never takes itself too seriously. Tone-wise, think The Full Monty without the sentimental bits. Suzuki and Hirayama hardly hold hands, never mind kiss, but he needs somebody to react to his triumph at the end.

In short, a very funny film with an uplifting swimfest sequence at the end.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 14 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed