Plot: A few weeks after a gigantic earthquake strikes Tokyo, an incredible tidal wave generated by the tsunami engulfs Tokyo waterfront. The Tokyo fire department's elite unit Hyper Rescue is sent out for rescue and recovery, and their sonar picks up a signal from underwater - '252', the distress code known only to rescuers indicating survivors in need of assistance: 'We have survivors!'. In the face of death, the Hyper Rescue team tries to save the survivors facing a dangerous race against time and tide, and save one of their own.
«Japan's latest disaster flick . . . is a disaster. ... If you are expecting samurai-like stoicism from Yuji and the other the male survivors, you are in for a letdown — they all fall into hysterics, which according to local, disaster-pic convention is proof of not their wimpishness but their feeling, human hearts.»
«252: Signal of Life had moments where it could have struck a fine balance in presenting an action-packed flick if it could have tightened up some of the incessant repetition, and to have given itself enough time to explore the human dilemma of self-preservation versus the call of duty. Instead it became an unnecessary comedy filled with cardboard yet invincible characters.»
«252 Signal of Life would make a great recruitment film or a company outing event (albeit the incorrectness). The message is undeniably wholesome and reaffirming for those who are involved with civil service. It’s a pity that this film flounders at delivering this message by forcing machismo in the most laughable manner down the audience throat.»
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