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23 July 1983 (Japan) See more »
Two Japanese scientists, Ushioda and Ochi, develop a bond with their sled dogs while on an expedition in Antarctica... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Ken Takakura ... Akira Ushioda
Tsunehiko Watase ... Kenjirô Ochi

Eiji Okada ... Chief Ozawa
Masako Natsume ... Keiko Kitazawa
Keiko Oginome ... Asako Shimura
Takeshi Kusaka ... Morishima Kyoju
Shigeru Kôyama ... Horigome Taicho

Sô Yamamura ... 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
Shôichirô Sakata
Keijirô Shiga
Morihiko Uchiyama
Keishi Kawaguchi
Kazuyo Ichimaru
Susan Napier ... Catherine (as Sûzan Nepia)
Charles Adams ... Captain of Ship 'Burton' (as Châruzu Adamusu)
Tatsuo Hamamori ... Himself - Mayor of Wakkanai
Susumu Ôtani
Yoshiyuki Maejima
Naoto Samukawa
Taizô Sayama
Takashi Noguchi
Tetsu Ôe
Hatsunori Hasegawa ... Tsuruta taiin
Asao Koike ... Narrator (voice)
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Tatsuo Terashima ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Koreyoshi Kurahara 
Writing credits
Tatsuo Nogami (written by) &
Susumu Saji (written by) &
Toshirô Ishidô (written by) &
Koreyoshi Kurahara (written by)

Produced by
Hiroshi Furuoka .... executive producer
Masato Hara .... supervising producer
Hisashi Hieda .... executive producer
Tomohiro Kaiyama .... chief producer
Masaru Kakutani .... planner
Koretsugu Kurahara .... planner
Koretsugu Kurahara .... producer
Koreyoshi Kurahara .... producer
Tsuneyuki Morishima .... producer
Haruo Shikanai .... producer
Juichi Tanaka .... chief producer
Akira Yoshioka .... producer
Original Music by
Cinematography by
Akira Shiizuka 
Film Editing by
Koreyoshi Kurahara 
Akira Suzuki 
Art Direction by
Hiroshi Tokuda 
Makeup Department
Yukio Ueda .... makeup artist
Production Management
Hisashi Heida .... production supervisor
Akira Sakai .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Minoru Yamashita .... first assistant director
Takeshi Ôbayashi .... second assistant director
Art Department
Yûki Sato .... property master
Sound Department
Kenichi Benitani .... sound
Yasuo Hashimoto .... sound mixer
Yoshio Kozima .... sound effects
Mikio Mori .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Yasuhiro Nagamine .... sound crew
Toshio Nakano .... sound crew
Susumu Take .... sound crew
Camera and Electrical Department
Haruo Kawashima .... lighting supervisor
Takehiro Kuramochi .... camera operator
Akira Matsuhashi .... camera operator
Takaaki Osumi .... still photographer
Masahiro Tanaka .... camera operator: second unit
Akira Tsugi .... lighting technician
Katsuya Uchida .... lighting technician
Editorial Department
Tsuruko Matsumoto .... assistant editor
Isao Tomito .... assistant editor
Other crew
Masao Hara .... aurora photographing crew
Masato Hara .... advisor
Satoru Hashiyama .... veterinarian
Kazuo Higuchi .... aurora photographing crew
Kumiko Ishiyama .... script supervisor
Toru Kikuchi .... advisor
Taiichi Kitamura .... advisor
Akio Kitazawa .... location manager
Kazuo Kuroi .... advisor
Tadaomi Miya .... dog trainer
Masayoshi Murayama .... advisor
Eizaburo Nishibori .... advisor
Masanao Sato .... aurora photographing crew
Sigeru Ueda .... location manager

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Nankyoku monogatari" - Japan (original title)
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143 min | USA:112 min | USA:143 min (1985 reissue) | Italy:91 min
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Great, 20 April 2006
Author: Clem MSL from United Kingdom

There are few movies that really strike you. This is one of them. If you have a heart, then there's no way you can avoid feeling, crying and loving this movie. This year Walt Disney released a new version of it, Eight Below, which I will see this week - and obviously, i will compare!!! But out of all the movies I saw in my childhood, this one is in the top-10... it grabs you and stays in your mind for ever! I don't know yet about the American version, but this Japanese original was so so so good! As you follow the tough life of this bunch of lovely dogs, you experience fear, happiness, sadness, love... the whole thing. As they fight for life in this harsh environment, you also get to appreciate the scenery. They are not all making it though, and you cry and cry and cry... You want to help so much, it brings out all the best in you... A MUST SEE! I am upset there's never been any video/DVD release of that movie, it's a masterpiece! All movies involving cute animals are winners, but this one is really striking and you will never forget it. In a different context, other great and moving movies include L'Ours (France) i.e. The Bear, and Deux Frères (France) i.e. Two Brothers. The later made me cry even more than Antarctica. These two movies really hurt, it's unfair what's happening and you get really sad. But it's so beautiful as well. I hope that Eight Below won't be a crap too-americanised remake. I wish Antarctica was just available, it's not at all and it's a shame that the World can't see it.

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