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Sometimes a film is so captivating that you find yourself staring at the screen long after the credits have ended. When this happens to us, we immediately want to share our experience. But not with just anyone. Our Members Only screenings present these rare, neglected, or simply amazing films to our inner circle of card-carrying cinephiles.

Come join us and watch a great film, meet great people and enjoy a lively discussion immediately following the screening. This event is exclusive—envied even—so sign up for a Facets Membership today.

January 25, 2016

Alone Across the Pacific
(Taiheiyo hitoribocchi)

Film still: Alone Across the Pacific
Palme d'Or
Cannes Film Fest
"Odd and magisterial... a fascinating study of obsession, often comic, and a striking portrait of a solitary consciousness, full of [Kon] Ichikawa's graphic and compositional brilliance"
  —Chicago Reader

A powerful hymn to the human spirit, Alone Across the Pacific, by renowned Japanese director Kon Ichikawa (An Actor's Revenge, Enjo, Tokyo Olympiad), tells the extraordinary real-life story of one man's obsessive quest to break free from the strictures of society.

In 1962, Kenichi Horie (Yujiro Ishihara) embarks on a heroic attempt to sail single-handed across the Pacific Ocean. Leaving Osaka in an ill-prepared vessel, The Mermaid, the young adventurer must overcome the psychological torment of cabin fever and his mental and physical breaking point, if he is ever to reach the fabled destination of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. No Japanese man has ever crossed the Pacific Ocean to America, and Kenichi plans to become the first; however, he faces an uphill climb to make it there. He must also overcome one other adversary that our protagonist never dreamed he would be fighting with —himself. Kenichi's long unaided journey has landed him with the burden of intense loneliness which has begun to take a profound effect on his state of mind, he is seeing things, talking to himself and despite his careful planning many unforeseen events will test his determination.

Using Horie's best-selling logbook as his source, Ichikawa portrays the epic struggle of man against nature. The widescreen cinematography, with Horie isolated in the oceanic expanse of the frame, and a beautiful score by celebrated composer Toru Takemitsu (Pale Flower, Woman in the Dunes) add to the drama of a film and demonstrates Ichikawa's skeptical attitude to his country's traditions and institutions which ties in with another recurrent theme of his work: his interest in the young, and in the distance between the generations.

Directed by Kon Ichikawa, Japan, 1964, Japan, 97 mins. In Japanese and English with English subtitles.

The screening will be preceded by a reception and followed by a discussion led by Facets Cinémathèque Film Program Director Charles Coleman.


  • Monday, January 25 at 6:30 pm


Facets Patron Circle Members and one guest admitted for free

There are no presale tickets—you must receive an invitation from us.

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