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

4.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NESBHG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,260 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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This is Traveling with a capital T. Traveling for the sake of traveling. The real story of Kenichi Horie first of many sailing challenges he set for himself. In 1962 he was a young ambitious man in Japan, a country still recuperating from a devastating defeat in WW II. He felt for his country, and said that for a nation with a long maritime tradition it was a shame no one had yet sailed solo across the Pacific. He wanted to do it for Japan.

And yet he wanted to leave Japan, where he suffered because of the cultural and social restrictions that hampered his wandering spirit. He wanted to be free of Japan as much as of his own family, whom he loved but whose interference with his dreams he could no longer put up with. He was fascinated by America, the power that defeated the Japanese Empire and established such a pervasive presence on the islands. He wanted to sail under the Golden Gate bridge of San Francisco. And he did, after ninety-four days of excruciating adventure and hardship.

He did it in a Japanese way: carefully preparing everything, meticulously executing the plan he had drawn, even trying to apply for a passport (he did not manage to get one in time) because he wanted to follow the rules. It is ironic that when he completed his feat his father, instead of being proud, promised to the media that upon return the son would apologize to the nation for having contravened the rules. (It was not allowed at the time for small boats to leave Japan.)
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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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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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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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