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Alone Across the Pacific [Masters of Cinema] [DVD] [1963]


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  • Actors: Yujiro Ishihara
  • Directors: Kon Ichikawa
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Feb. 2009
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NESBHG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,073 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A powerful hymn to the human spirit, Alone Across the Pacific by renowned Japanese director Kon Ichikawa (An Actor's Revenge, The Burmese Harp, Tokyo Olympiad) tells the extraordinary real-life story of one man's obsessive quest to break free from the strictures of society. In 1962, Kenichi Horie (Yujiro Ishihara) embarks on a heroic attempt to sail single-handed across the Pacific Ocean. Leaving Osaka in an ill-prepared vessel The Mermaid the young adventurer must overcome the most savage of seas, the psychological torment of cabin fever, and his mental and physical breaking point, if he is ever to reach the fabled destination of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. Using Horie's best-selling logbook as his source, Ichikawa portrays the epic struggle of man against nature. 'Scope cinematography with Horie isolated in the oceanic expanse of the frame and a score by celebrated composer Toru Takemitsu, add to the drama of a film for which Ichikawa received a Golden Globe nomination, among other accolades. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Alone Across the Pacific for home viewing in the UK for the very first time. -----SPECIAL FEATURES----- ---New high definition digital transfer, anamorphically encoded, original 2.35:1 aspect ratio ---New and improved optional English subtitles ---Original Japanese trailer and two teasers newly subtitled ---A lavish 24-page booklet featuring a colour reproduction of the original Japanese poster, archival publicity stills, and an essay by Brent Kliewer (professor at the College of Santa Fe)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Albert G. Morris on 13 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD
Despite the claims on the pack this release is not in 2.35 ratio ( it is in 1.85 ) nor is it anamorphic. The image is letterboxed within the old 4.3 tv ratio, and because the sub-titles are superimposed over the black bars, its not possible to select the tv zoom function to fill the widescreen tv without cutting off the sub-titles! Very shoddy treatment, made all the more infuriating by the lies on the packaging!
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By Tropix on 1 May 2014
Format: DVD
The film has a beautiful, simplistic quality. The cinematography is excellent. Hemingway said it best - 'It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.'
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HAN XIAO on 8 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I DON'T THINK THIS IS ONE OF THE GREATEST JAPAN FILMS I'VE SEEN, EVEN AMONG ICHIKAWA'S WORKS. WHY? I MEAN, WHY THIS? AND WITH NOT MUCH EXTRA FEATURES...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leeuw on 19 May 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This movie was recommended by a friend who also favoured watching Japanese films and it did not disappoint me at all.
Since the film is from 1963 I thought it may be outdated, but I actually enjoyed watching it very much.
The build up of the film was good and you follow the struggles of the main character while he prepares
his voyage, but he keeps at it with a good sence of spirit and humor. You get a good sence of the solitude
what's it must have been like to spend three months on such a small boat. I would think twice to sail open seas
with such a craft, but he just did it. Good practice to watch this if you studied some Japanese language too !
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Wicks on 26 Mar. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A delight to have this film from the 1960's out on DVD - I have long wanted to see it again. Also thanks to Amazon for warning about its imminent release - I have not seen it mentioned elsewhere.

Now when will we get "Tokyo Olympiad" and "Harp of Burma" on DVD?
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