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Antarctic Journal (2005)

Namgeuk-ilgi (original title)
Strange things begin happening to an expedition deep in the Antarctic.


Pil-sung Yim (as Yim Pil-sung)
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Credited cast:
Kang-ho Song ... Choi Do-hyung (as Song Kang-ho)
Yoo Ji-Tae ... Kim Min-jae (as Yoo Ji-tae)
Kyeong-ik Kim Kyeong-ik Kim ... Yang Geun-chan (as Kim Kyung-ik)
Hee-soon Park ... Lee Young-min (as Park Hee-soon)
Je-mun Yun ... Kim Sung-hoon (as Yoon Je-moon)
Duk-moon Choi ... Seo Jae-kyung (as Choi Deok-moon)
Kang Hye-jeong ... Lee Yoo-jin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sam Hammington ... English Explorer (voice)


A South Korean expedition is trekking across the Antarctic when they discover a journal left by a British team that was lost 80 years earlier. As they press onward, they begin to notice strange similarities between the ill-fated British journey and their own. In the unforgiving environment where small mistakes can doom an entire party, the team steadily descends deeper into fatal delusions. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Feature film debut by director Pil-sung Yim. See more »

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Nice pictures and atmosphere leading nowhere
22 December 2007 | by dschmedingSee all my reviews

Funny thing about Antarctic Journal is that it reminds a lot of The last winter which I have seen few weeks ago. There are many similarities... the setting in the arctic desert, a small group of people growing desperate and paranoid, chilly atmosphere, nice pictures, minimalistic score. Just like The last winter this movie looks like its going somewhere, hints at several ghosts, hallucinations or in this case inner fears and then ends up stuck in this endless nothingness. Antarctic Journal is a very slow paced and atmosphere driven movie, spending more time on introducing the characters than going for cheap ghost thrills. After all I think the drawer "horror movie" is plain wrong for the movie, its rather a psychological drama to me. Anyway, the ending to me was just a let down as in last winter, although more consequent. Maybe I didn't quite get the idea behind the movie because the ending is pretty confusing so you don't know whats truth or hallucination. But like another comment here said the movie doesn't leave you with the feeling of wasted time... its calm, far from chilling, rather strangely interesting and keeps your attention till the end. Maybe my rating might be too bad considering this and the nice cinematography but still I was expecting far more from the set up. Judge for yourself.

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South Korea | Antarctica



Release Date:

19 May 2005 (South Korea) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office


$6,500,000 (estimated)

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Production Co:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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