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Nankyoku monogatari (1983)

G | | Adventure, Drama | 1983 (Japan)
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 <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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Antartica  »

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| (1985 reissue)

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| (Fujicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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The dogs in the film were sired by Kuma, a Sakhalin from Furen and were born in Wakkanai, Hokkaido, not Antarctica. See more »


Remade as Eight Below (2006) See more »


Shiroi rekuiemu
Music by Tetsuji Hayashi
Lyrics by Tokiko Iwatani
Performed by Keiko Oginome
Courtesy of Canyon Records
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A unique and moving film...
28 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

I've watched this movie when I was 9 with my classmates. I remember everyone cried when going out the theater... I've watched it again some years later, and I must confess that this is unique movie, with no real equivalent. It's not really a movie, not really a documentary on how several dogs try to escape from Antartica where they've been accidentaly abandonned by a scientific expedition. This movie is highly tragic because very few of them will survive. You don't see them really die on the screen, you just see them *disappear* when their fate is sealed with death, only their name and age is displayed. And that's what makes this movie so moving, and so clever in the narration.

Last but not least : the outstanding continous score is written by Vangelis and is perfect in it's cold/warm synthetizers mood.

I really recommend everyone to see this movie, it's a unique experience, and then buy the score to remember the magnificient pictures and landscapes. Perhaps it's too dark for a child, otherwise you will have to buy him a husky dog puppet to avoid continuous cries and nightmares...

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