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|The Man Who Skied Down Everest|
Actors: Yuichiro Miura, Douglas Rain
Directors: Bruce Nyznik, Lawrence Schiller
Genres: Indie & Art House, Special Interests, Sports, Documentary
This incredible, award-winning film features adventurer, poet and world-champion skier Yuichiro Miura as he and his team face the most challenging climb in the world, Mt. Everest. The ascent is fraught with tragedy, the de... more »
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Robin Simmons | Palm Springs area, CA United States | 04/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
Winner of the 1975 Best Documentary Oscar©, and certainly among the greatest adventure documentaries of all time, THE MAN WHO SKIED DOWN EVEREST (Image) might also be the first extreme Zen film.
The opening, widescreen shot shows Everest (29,002') through a gap in the clouds just as the morning sun hits the forbidding peak. And then this quote: "Throughout time, mas has aspired to great heights in search of peace of mind and a quiet heart. This is the story of such a man..."
The man in question is Yuichiro Miura, poet, adventurer and world champion skier (he set a speed record). The film follows his audacious attempt to ski down the upper slopes of Everest. The film, shot in 35MM Panavision, begins in Katmandu where 800 porters begin a trek of 185 miles with 27 tons of equipment.
Along the way, Miura visits Sir Edmund Hillary, who, in 1953, was the first climber (with his Sherpa partner Tenzing Norgay) to conquer Everest and return. Hillary says, "When we stop looking for challenges, human beings will be in a very bad way."
The poetic Miura is quoted as saying, "The challenge of the peaks is the challenge of life itself: To always struggle higher." Later he's quoted again: "We have wandered from the paths of the wind and become children of fear."
After trekking 185 miles across the high passes to Tibet and the base of Everest they take on 400 Sherpas. It takes another 40 days to traverse the next three miles.
Exquisitely photographed in beautifully composed shots, the breathtaking vistas are a dance of light and shadow and the memorable, poetic thoughts of Miura as he acclimates for his high altitude challenge in his "life of adventure to escape the labyrinth of the city."
During the treacherous climb, death claims six team members as they cross an icefall. About a thousand feet from the summit, Miura dons his skis, and with oxygen and a parachute, begins his descent. Zooming, almost free-falling, over ice and rock, he travel upright almost a mile and half. And then it happens. The wind knocks him off balance, he hits a big rock and falls, skidding, bouncing, across rocky ridges, skipping like a stone for 1,320 feet. He is stopped by a snowfield seconds away from the sure death of the Bergshrund Crevasse.
I have never seen a movie anything like this. If you have a big, widescreen TV, the pristine, high resolution images of this exotic place and extreme challenge will fill your field of vision and bend your mind until it literally takes your breath away during the last five minutes. This is an ultimate armchair adventure.
OG | 05/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Yuichiro Miura must stand as one of the greatest athletes and (in conventional terms) craziest people in the world. There is no limit in my admiration for the man, and (fortunately for my wife) no way in the world you could get me to emulate him. He is a tremendous skiier and a wonderful poet; his narration (voiced by Douglas Rain, of HAL9000 fame) is highly appropriate for the terrain, the climb itself, and the very brief event of his near-deadly run down the slope of the South Col.
Well worth seeing for both the skiing and Miura's gentle observations about pretty much everything.
Finally...it has been reissued!!!!! BUY IT NOW!!!
THE-GO-BETWEEN | Valencia, CA United States | 12/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie has been out of print for decades but you could buy used VHS copies for a great price over the years. Finally they have done the right thing and put it on DVD!! Why these companies wait for years to reissue and transfer these classics to DVD is beyond me!!! For example..the Jimmy Stewart classic "The Spirit of St. Louis" has just now been put on DVD! And the movie "Mind Walk" is still only on VHS..and it took them YEARS to put the sailing movie "Wind" on DVD..and half a century to put the John Wayne classic "The High and the Mighty" on ANYTHING..(it is now on DVD!!).yet these companies are willing to instantly put the trashiest movies on DVD within weeks of the theatrical release. Go figure..
Anyway...I saw this AWARD WINNING movie in its original theatrical release in 1975. That impression lasted me for the rest of my life. It was the best filmed mountain movie EVER up to that time....Great expense was put into filming it and really it is about the journey. I felt the actual skiing part down the slope was almost incidental!!!
The music, sounds on the trek, and most of all the photography is monumental. It stands the test of time (the IMAX movie "Everest" AND that soundtrack would be the other part of that litmus test).
This movie is a MUST BUY. Is there a soundtrack?? There should be.
Let's get back to the photography....I really don't think many have topped this...and the format is for the big screen LCD's...staggering/breath taking photography.....
Nothing about this film is rushed through...it is very gritty at times but the attraction of just panning all those high mountains never escapes the director... This is a magnificent work of art....the name of the movie adds some sort of circus atmosphere to the whole affair and at first glance looks to be a stunt movie...but the "stunt" part is right at the end and for me was not the draw...it was the the cinematography.
The narration could have been more poetic and woven into this movie more carefully...if there was a weakness here..this was it.
Compare the Imax "Everest" narration of Liam Neeson and it makes my point. On this re-release they possibly had a chance to rethink this narration element since that part DOES sound dated and weak compared to the movie's very contemporary feeling re the "extreme photography" (for lack of a better expression) and the beautiful music and sounds of the trail. But it is what it is and you just go with it.
When I saw this on a huge screen in the theater....it was the first time I had seen the Roof of the World in this manner. This is certainly one of those films that MUST be seen on the big screen. It would be nice if this was put in the theater again compared to the junk they are showing these days...but it would demand the rework of the narration.
Buy this movie and if you don't have the IMAX "EVERST" one..buy that as well and the soundtrack..
Another great piece of travel/geographic photography is "Over Canada"...I think that is available here as well as the excellent soundtrack...Again listen to the narration used in "Over Canada" and compare it with "The Man Who Skied Down Everest"....."