Alone on the Pacific


Time Out says

Shot with Ichikawa's characteristically picturesque feel for the wide expanses of the 'Scope screen, this account of a yachtsman's solo trans-Pacific expedition - based on the real-life 94-day trip from Osaka to San Francisco undertaken by Kenichi Horie in 1962 - alleviates the potential tedium of its story by means of flashback inserts recalling the sailor's conflicts with a stern and dissaproving family. Storms, sharks and solitude imperil his voyage, but the real drama is psychological and spiritual: the film is ultimately a celebration of Horie's determination to free himself from a society devoted to conformism and the negation of the needs of the individual.


Release details

104 mins

Cast and crew

Kon Ichikawa
Natto Wada
Yujiro Ishihara
Kinuyo Tanaka
Masayuki Mori
Ruriko Asaoko
Ruriko Asaoka
Hajime Hana