Plot & Details
Mountain-climbers may be the most appreciative audience for this long (2 1/2 hour) film by Junya Sato on Japanese sportsman Naomi Uemura. Uemura had a difficult childhood that led him to take on incredibly dangerous challenges all by himself, in which he remarkably succeeded again and again. He was the first Japanese to reach the peaks of Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, Kilimanjaro, and several other mountain ranges, including the granddaddy of them all, Mt. Everest. Not content with demonstrating his prowess only in scaling one mountain after another, Uemura also crossed Greenland's arctic wastes alone. In 1984 while descending from the summit of Mt. McKinley in Alaska, Uemura disappeared and his body was never found.