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The full-length anime film “Summit of the Gods” will open in selected cinemas on November 24th. It’s about Mount Everest, its appeal and the obsession its summit cultivates with mountaineers.
“The Summit of the Gods” is an anime-style 2D feature film derived and adapted from the popular manga series under the same name. The plot follows a young adventure photojournalist fixated on retracing the 70-year-old steps of the first mountaineers to be climbed Mount Everest (29,031.7 feet), Andrew Irvine and George Mallory.
The official synopsis of “The Summit of the Gods” reads:
Were George Mallory and his companion Andrew Irvine the first men to climb Everest on June 8, 1924? Only the little Kodak camera they took with them could reveal the truth.
70 years later, in Kathmandu, a young Japanese reporter named Fukamachi recognizes the camera in the hands of the mysterious Habu Jôji, a mountaineer who has been missing for years. Fukamachi enters a world of obsessive mountaineers hungry for impossible conquests on a journey that takes him step by step to the summit of the gods.
Netflix bought the distribution rights for the animated film back in August 2021 and will be “The summit of the gods“To select cinemas in the US (November 24th) and UK (November 26th) before it is streamed on November 30th.
The five volume manga series from which the film is taken was written and illustrated by Jiro Taniguchi and published from 2000 to 2003. The actual originator of the story is Baku Yumemakura, whose 1998 novel served as the basis for Taniguchi’s series.
The manga series won the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs’ Excellence Award in 2001 thanks to Taniguchi’s “strong illustrations”. [that] seem to take the reader into the mountains. “
And the film received entry into the Cannes Film Festival 2021.
This is what the summit of Everest looks like
Step by step, the final foray to the highest peak in the world looks arduous. Luckily Elia Saikaly brought a nice camera upstairs! Continue reading…
By Jilli Cluff
Jilli grew up in the rural mountains of southern Colorado and later moved to college in Texas. After seven years in management consulting, she was introduced to sport climbing. In 2020, Jilli left her position with the company to lead an outdoor-oriented life. She now works as a contributor, equipment tester, and editor for GearJunkie and other outlets within the AllGear network. She is based in Austin, Texas, where she settles down with her climbing gear and one-eared blue heeler George Michael.