Antarctica

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Antarctica (南極物語, Nankyoku Monogatari, lit. "South Pole Story") is a 1983 Japanese film directed by Koreyoshi Kurahara and starring Ken Takakura. Its plot centers on the 1958 ill-fated Japanese scientific expedition to the South Pole, its dramatic... read more

Antarctica (南極物語, Nankyoku Monogatari, lit. "South Pole Story") is a 1983 Japanese film directed by Koreyoshi Kurahara and starring Ken Takakura. Its plot centers on the 1958 ill-fated Japanese scientific expedition to the South Pole, its dramatic rescue from the impossible weather conditions on the return journey, the relationship between the scientists and their loyal and hard-working Sakhalin huskies, particularly the lead dogs Taro and Jiro, and fates of the 15 dogs left behind to fend for themselves. The film was selected as the Japanese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 56th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee. It entered into the 34th Berlin International Film Festival, and at the Japan Academy Awards was nominated for the best film, cinematography, lighting, and music score, winning the Popularity award for the two dogs Taro and Jiro as most popular performer, as well the cinematography and reader's choice award at the Mainichi Film Award. It was a big cinema hit, and held the Japanese box office record for a domestic film until it was surpassed by Miyazaki Hayao's Princess Mononoke in 1997. The original electronic score was created by Greek composer Vangelis, who had recently written music for Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner. The soundtrack is available worldwide on CD-audio as Antarctica.

Original Release

03/20/1983

US Release

03/30/1984

Cast

Ken Takakura Akira Ushioda / Ushioda
Eiji Okada Chief Ozawa / Ozawa Taicho
Masako Natsume Keiko Kitazawa / Ozawa Keiko
Keiko Oginome Asako Shimura / Shimura Asako
Takeshi Kusaka Morishima Kyoju
Shigeru Kôyama Horigome Taicho
Sô Yamamura Iwakiri Sencho
Jun Etô Tokumitsu Taiin
Shin Kishida Kissaten Master
Takeshi Ôbayashi Nonomiya Taicho
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Koreyoshi Kurahara

Writers

Tatsuo Nogami, Susumu Saji, Toshirô Ishidô, Koreyoshi Kurahara

Cast

Ken Takakura Akira Ushioda / Ushioda
Eiji Okada Chief Ozawa / Ozawa Taicho
Masako Natsume Keiko Kitazawa / Ozawa Keiko
Keiko Oginome Asako Shimura / Shimura Asako
Takeshi Kusaka Morishima Kyoju
Shigeru Kôyama Horigome Taicho
Sô Yamamura Iwakiri Sencho
Jun Etô Tokumitsu Taiin
Shin Kishida Kissaten Master
Takeshi Ôbayashi Nonomiya Taicho
Shinji Kanai Ozaki Taicho
Tatsuo Terashima
Tsunehiko Watase Kenjirô Ochi / Ochi
Shinshô Nakamaru
Shôichirô Sakata
Keijirō Shiga
Takashi Noguchi
Hatsunori Hasegawa Tsuruta taiin
Asao Koike Narrator
Masafumi Satô

Producers

Editors

Koreyoshi Kurahara, Akira Suzuki

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