By Daisaku KIMURA

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Drama - Completed 2009

100 years ago, to complete the final triangulation of Tsurugidake needed to compile a map of Japan, a famous mountain unclimbed for religious reasons and dubbed “The Needle Mountain” for its inaccessibility, a group of men literally risked their lives to reach the peak.

    • Year of production
    • 2009
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • JAPAN
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 10 - 25 M$
    • Duration
    • 140 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Daisaku KIMURA
    • Writer(s)
    • Atsuo KIKUCHI, Daisaku KIMURA, Toshimasa MIYAMURA
    • Producer(s)
    • Chihiro KAMEYAMA (Fuji TV), Sunao SAKAGAMI (TOEI)
    • Synopsis
    • 100 years ago, a group of men challenged Mount Tsurugidake, an unclimbed mountain that represented the last unmapped region of Japan.
      The year is 1907. Shibasaki, renowned for his skills as a surveyor, is suddenly called to General Staff Headquarters, where he receives orders to conquer Mount Tsurugidake, the last uncharted region of Japan. At the time, the survey unit attached to General Staff Headquarters was in the process of charting Japan and had already created maps after triangulation of numerous mountain peaks. Aside from mountains climbing of which was prohibited for religious reasons, the survey group has climbed almost all the mountains in the country with the exception of Mount Tsurugidake. Moreover, shortly after its inauguration, the Japanese Alpine Club was already planning the tackle Mount Tsurugidake and the military survey unit could not be seen to lose out to a civilian organization.
      After receiving his orders, Shibasaki tackled the challenge of reaching the peak of Mount Tsurugidake together with Chojiro Uji, a guide of of good character familiar with the Tsurugidake area. Can they achieve the daunting task of crossing the precipitous mountain range and planting the triangulation point?