The movie is based on a true story and centers around two Japanese scientists during 1957-1958 at the Japanese station in Antarctica. Due to an unexpected and severe storm and ship problems just before they are to leave in late autumn, the ship cannot land the next expedition so they are forced to leave their Sakhalin Husky sled dogs behind. The movie deals with what (likely) happened to the dogs and the anguish and guilt felt by the two scientists as they go about their careers back in Japan -- unable to do anything at all to rescue the dogs. I'll just say that I've seen this movie a dozen times and it still brings a tear to my eye at the end. The two scientists are played by Tsunehiko Watase and Ken Takakura, who has been in several Hollywood flicks and may be familiar to you.
AKA: Nankyoku monogatari ["South Pole Story"]
Directed: Koreyoshi Kurahara
Genre: Drama || Action || Adventure || Animals
Subtitles: English/Japanese (hardcoded) & English (.srt)
Ken Takakura || Tsunehiko Watase || Eiji Okada || Natsume Masako || Keiko Oginome