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91 Ratings

Alone Across the Pacific

Taiheiyo hitori-botchi

Directed by Kon Ichikawa
Japan, 1963


Kenichi Horie is determined to challenge his family, the law, and nature itself crossing the Pacific to the fabled world of San Francisco in a small sailboat. Despite his careful planning many unforeseen events will test his determination.

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Alone Across the Pacific Directed by Kon Ichikawa

Critics reviews

It’s a measure of Ichikawa’s talent that he can turn even a sequence about stocking the boat’s supplies into a visual poem that includes, thanks to ’Scope, both text and illustrations. At screen left, the camera moves down a list of necessities, creating the effect of a moving scroll; at screen right, we see shots of various preparations being made. Whether filling up the screen or emptying it out, Ichikawa rewards our scopophilia with a string of enchantments.
June 03, 1988
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