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The Chef of South Polar

Comedy, Drama 2h 5m 2009


Passionate cook Jun Nishimura (Masato Sakai) leaves his family behind to join an eclectic team of eight Antarctic researchers at the Dome Fuji Station for a year and half. Tasked with cooking for the crew, Nishimura lovingly prepares elaborate dishes and hearty meals, providing warmth and comfort amid the frigid Antarctic temperatures. Not knowing what the next day may bring, the crew encounters an abundance of both major and minor crises including ramen shortages, relationship issues, loneliness and homesickness. Okita’s quirky humor and lighthearted tone bring heart to this true tale of camaraderie as the crew tries to make a home for itself in the most inhospitable regions of the polar south.

Streaming in North America from December 3-23 as part of Flash Forward: Debut Works and Recent Films by Notable Japanese Directors | Rent together with Okita’s Ora, Ora Be Goin’ Alone for only $15!


Shuichi Okita



Bonus Content

Introduction by Shuichi Okita

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