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Antarctica (1983)
"Nankyoku monogatari" (original title)

G  |   |  Adventure, Drama  |  23 July 1983 (Japan)
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Two Japanese scientists, Ushioda and Ochi, develop a bond with their sled dogs while on an expedition in Antarctica. Ushioda and Ochi eventually leave Antarctica, only to return to search ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Ushioda
Tsunehiko Watase ...
Kenjirô Ochi
Chief Ozawa
Masako Natsume ...
Keiko Kitazawa
Keiko Oginome ...
Asako Shimura
Takeshi Kusaka ...
Morishima Kyoju
Shigeru Kôyama ...
Horigome Taicho
Iwakiri Sencho
Jun Etô ...
Tokumitsu Taiin
Kôichi Satô ...
Toda Taicho
Shin Kishida ...
Kissaten Master
Takeshi Ôbayashi ...
Nonomiya Taicho
Shinji Kanai ...
Ozaki Taicho
Shinshô Nakamaru
Masafumi Satô


Two Japanese scientists, Ushioda and Ochi, develop a bond with their sled dogs while on an expedition in Antarctica. Ushioda and Ochi eventually leave Antarctica, only to return to search for the dogs inadvertently marooned there. Written by Petr Meretyk <>

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Adventure | Drama


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Release Date:

23 July 1983 (Japan)  »

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Antarctica  »

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$56,300,000 (Japan)

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| (1985 reissue)

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It was a big cinema hit, and held the Japanese box office record for a domestic film until it was surpassed by Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke (1997) in 1997. See more »


Remade as Eight Below (2006) See more »


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Music by Tetsuji Hayashi
Lyrics by Tokiko Iwatani
Performed by Keiko Oginome
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well worth watching
20 November 2001 | by (Texas, USA) – See all my reviews

I accidently stumbled upon this movie and was immediately ensconced in its story line, scenery and cast of characters (primarily the dogs). The subtitles did not distract from the films Japanese dialogue. This semi-documentary style added authenticity to the fact based plot. The human actors may have been the catalyst for this poignant retelling, but the dogs were indeed the glue that held this film together. Given the fact that most of the sets were filmed on location, the dogs performed exceptionally well and held this viewer fast.

The misadventures that the dogs endured during their separation from their owners were deeply touching and powerful. One would have to have ice water flowing through one's veins to be unmoved from this film. Although hard to find, I heartily recommend the movie for age groups of 12 or older. The violence is implied rather than portrayed but none-the-less quite intense.

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