- TAIHEIYO HITORIBOTCHI Original
- HORIE Alternative
- MY ENEMY THE SEA Alternative
- ALONE ON THE PACIFIC Alternative
- ALONE ACROSS THE PACIFIC Alternative
Cast & Credits
Based on the real-life saga of a Japanese yachtsman who attempted to cross the Pacific single-handedly on a 19-foot sailboat in 1962, this elemental drama reduces to their purest essence some of Ichikawa's most basic themes: rugged individualim, physical and spiritual isolation, obsession and transcendence. Beautifully shot (Yoshihiro Yamazaki's widescreen photography either frames the protagonist in tight confines, or as a tiny speck on a vast ocean), it's also ingeniously structured, its intricate flashbacks drawing parallels between the hero's contest with nature and his struggle to escape his imperious father.