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The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1975)

A Japanese skier ultimately dreamed of literally skiing Mt. Everest. He planned to ski some 8,000 feet down an icy glacier at a 40 to 45 degree angle, from the 26,000 foot level near the ... See full summary »

Director:

Bruce Nyznik

Writers:

Yûichirô Miura (based on the diary of), Judith Crawley
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Won 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Yûichirô Miura Yûichirô Miura ... Skier
Douglas Rain ... Narrator
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A Japanese skier ultimately dreamed of literally skiing Mt. Everest. He planned to ski some 8,000 feet down an icy glacier at a 40 to 45 degree angle, from the 26,000 foot level near the summit. This documentary chronicles this incredible feat and the tremendous task of climbing Everest itself. The narrator reads from the diary that the skier personally kept. Written by Andrew Baird-Kerr <andrewbk@networx.on.ca>

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Take Your Family to the Mountains

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

G
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Narrator: The first barrier in the ascent of Everest is a huge ice fall. It looks like the tongue of some gigantic demon. More lives have been lost here than on Everest itself. It rises 1600 feet--a world of dangerous, fragile beauty; a cascade of massive blocks of ice moving imperceptibly from the glacier above, pushed by the weight of centuries of the snows of Everest. Without warning it can shift and break into an avalanche of millions of tons of ice. On the other side of this barrier lies the most ...
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Well, *I* Liked It
7 August 2004 | by Mike_McDuckSee all my reviews

I saw this movie many years ago on TV, and thoroughly enjoyed it. As a previous reviewer said, the title is somewhat misleading; I usually refer to it as "The Man Who Fell Down Everest"!

What struck me about this film is that the expedition is so *Japanese*. For example, all the equipment is stencilled "JESE" for "Japanese Everest Ski Expedition". They carry collapsible bridges for crossing crevasses. And they lugged old-style videotape equipment up the mountain so the skier could record and critique his practice runs; there is a funny scene of the Sherpas watching _Bonanza_ tapes dubbed into Japanese.

All in all, I found it fascinating. And it won the Oscar for best documentary that year.


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Country:

Canada | Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1975 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Czlowiek, który zjechal z Everestu See more »

Filming Locations:

Mount Everest, Nepal

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Budget:

CAD410,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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