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Nankyoku monogatari (1983)

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 »


Koreyoshi Kurahara
3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »


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

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Amidst the coldest, harshest surroundings on earth, this true story celebrates the mystery and the warmth of life.


Adventure | Drama


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Japanese | Italian

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1983 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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| (1985 reissue)

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Color | Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The movie "8 Below" is a somewhat sanitized retelling of the same true events that inspired this movie See more »


Referenced in Weakest link: Hitori gachi no hôsoku: Episode #1.3 (2002) See more »


Shiroi rekuiemu
Music by Tetsuji Hayashi
Lyrics by Tokiko Iwatani
Performed by Keiko Oginome
Courtesy of Canyon Records
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I would recommend it to anyone.
1 October 1998 | by Audrey-2See all my reviews

I know many people only watch movies with lots of special effects or big-name stars, but -Antarctica- must not be overlooked. It's based on a true story; the setting is terrific; and the dogs play their "roles" just as well as the human actors. Kids can watch it without their parents worrying about the content (tho' I'll warn you, some of the dogs *do* die, which may upset youngsters); students interested in Japanese or simply "artsy" films can see it too...in short, anyone can watch it! (Except for the unfortunate few who prefer sex-violence-profanity...too bad for *them*.)

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