First-time documentary filmmaker Keiko Yagi enjoyed eating deep fried whale cutlets when she was a child. The general lack of this dish and negative news coverage on the never-ending whaling issue prompted Yagi to find out more about the topic. Yagi was aware of the 2010 documentary "THE COVE" but had not bothered watching it, regarding it as another exaggerated attack on Japan's dolphin hunting until in 2014, the UN's International Court of Justice ruled that the Japanese government must halt its whaling program in the Antarctic, based on Australia's argument that it was 'commercial whaling in disguise'. This gave Yagi a sense of urgency and fear that whale meat would soon completely disappear from Japan. Armed with nothing but a video camera to record her findings and a passion to know the truth of the matter on whaling, Yagi started her research and eventually led her to Taiji.
Directed by : Keiko Yagi
Written by : Keiko Yagi
Starring : Keiko Yagi, David Hance, Joji Morishita, Katsunori Horihata, Hideki Moronuki, Louie Psihoyos, Richard O'Barry
Produced by : Keiko Yagi
Distributed by : Cinemaflix