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Alone on the Pacific (1963)

Taiheiyô hitoribotchi (original title)
Kenichi Horie is determined to challenge his family, the law and the nature crossing the Pacific to America in a small sailboat. Despite his careful planning many unforeseen events will test his determination.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Ruriko Asaoka ...
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Hajime Hana ...
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gannosuke Ashiya
Gordon Beaman ...
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Matthew Dugan
Melvin H. Gilley
Norikatsu Hanamura
Daisaburô Hirata ...
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Noboru Ishikawa
Masaru Kamiyama
Richard D. Kilburn
Kôjirô Kusanagi
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Kenichi Horie is determined to challenge his family, the law and the nature crossing the Pacific to America in a small sailboat. Despite his careful planning many unforeseen events will test his determination.

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15 April 1964 (USA)  »

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2.35 : 1
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a study of isolation and achievement
3 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

A film about a lonely figure piloting his one-man sailboat across the wide expanse of the Pacific Ocean would seem to pose an insurmountable narrative logistical threat, but director Kon Ichikawa turns an unlikely true story into an unusual study of isolation and personal achievement. Ken-Ichi Horie was an obstinate amateur sailor obsessed with the challenge of a solo journey across the world's largest ocean, and in 1962 he fulfilled his ambitions (succeeding almost in spite of himself) in a 92-day passage that proved to be less an ordeal than a comic misadventure. Using a choppy visual style and a claustrophobic wide-screen camera, Ichikawa shows the intrepid traveler at the mercy of both the elements and his own inexperience, ending with his anticlimactic arrival in San Francisco, victorious but asleep on his feet. The alternate title of the film was 'My Enemy, the Sea', a misnomer since, for all its impassive antagonism, the ocean was Horie's only true friend, allowing him the freedom he never knew on land.


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