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Discussion in 'Dogs - all breeds / types' started by Dukesdad, Feb 22, 2006.

  1. Samsintentions

    Samsintentions New Member

    haven't heard of 8 below or Antartica... what was that bout they harmed animals??
  2. Maori

    Maori New Member

    You can just type in Antarctica in Amazon and the VHS of the movie is one of the top searches i belive.

    from http://www.ahafilm.info/movies/movierev ... l?fid=7380
    In 1958, the first Japanese Antarctic Expedition prepares to leave Showa Base to be replaced by a second party of scientists who are on board the ice-breaker, Soya. The Soya is unable to reach Showa Base because of a fierce storm, so a small plane carries the returning men to the ship.

    The last two men, Ochi and Ushioda, are reluctant to leave since it means abandoning their fifteen sled dogs until the second group arrives. The dogs, their constant companions and only means of transportation during their stay, are chained together on a tether line on posts embedded in the ice.

    When a storm cancels the departure of the second group of scientists, Ochi asks to be returned to the base to humanely kill the dogs rather than allow them to starve to death. The captain of the Soya decides that the risk is too great and fuel is low. He refuses Ochi’s request and the ice-breaker heads back to Japan.

    The dogs flail themselves against their restraining collars and chains. They are starving and freezing in the bitter Arctic cold. Eight manage to free themselves, but the rest soon die in their restrictive bonds.

    The eight starving dogs run in circles searching for food, with littermates Taro and Jiro leading the pack. They attack a frightened sea lion and share the carcass. They dig fish out of cracks in the ice. One dogs falls into a crack and is crushed by the ice flow. Another, Shiro, falls off a cliff, breaks his leg, and separated from the others, lies down to die. A third dog, Jack, is marooned on an ice berg that drifts out to sea.

    A year later, when Ochi and Ushioda join another expedition to return to their dogs, they find only Taro and Jiro alive. The death toll: Seven die in chains and six lost at sea.

    The Antarctic sequences were filmed at the North Pole from December 1981 to February 1982. Though the film was released in the US by 20th Century Fox, it was produced by a Japanese film company, Kurahara Productions. The entire crew—including the dog trainer—was Japanese. Although the director’s intent was to show that “man abuses his environment and all living creatures are in a precarious situation,” the fifteen dogs used in the film were exposed to many stressful situations. However, the production company claimed that all of the dogs were trained animal actors and “that not one canine was hurt during the shooting.” The seal that was attacked by the pack of dogs may not have fared as well. There is also the skua bird, which was plucked from the sky and eaten by Taro and Jiro. The blatant examples of animal endangerment, abuse, and neglect during production necessitated an Unacceptable rating from AHA.
  3. Samsintentions

    Samsintentions New Member

    Your kidding. Did it look real? I know they can make some pretty grousom things look real nowadays.

    Then again. I know there are some pretty sick people out there that would do that sort of thing.

    I may be wierd, but when I watch movies and i see that. I always think to myself. If they are being filmed... why aren't the crew people helping?? Then I realize it's just a movie and nothing bad is really happening. :shock:
  4. hermann muenster

    hermann muenster New Member

    I just finished reading "Marley and Me". It is definately a two boxes of kleenex book.
    There were parts that had me laughing so hard that I was crying ----
    and there were parts that --well, that's when I really needed the kleenex.

    Now I understand the bloat post!! I hope I never have to see my dogs suffer with that.

    Great book.
  5. JeanReed

    JeanReed New Member

    I "love" the fact that I live in South Africa and that we are about 3 months behind the US with movie releases. I was at the movies last night and saw the poster for "8 Below" which is coming out about mid April. Thanks to this site, I will definitely not be watching it. It is something that I probably would have gone to watch, so thank you so much everyone for the warning. I appreciate it.


    Jean Reed
  6. mazyku

    mazyku New Member

    Just finished Marley and me.

    Oh, my God. What a wonderful book! My boss just bought it for me to read because we just adopted a new rescue. I laughed and cried hard at the end. It was well written and I could picture all the things that went on. I also could appreciate and visualize the thunder storms stuff since I had a dog whom ate my entire screened back door to get back in the house and this was after she found out how to get out of the garage. If you get the chance, pick up the book and laugh and cry with the rest of us. :eek: :eek:
  7. honeybears

    honeybears New Member

    I loved this book!. Oh so many memories and the same antics Jake has pulled. OMG, what a tear jerker though. I prepared myself to some quiet time because you warned me, but made me laugh so much too!

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