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Antarctic Journal

Antarctic Journal poster
Hangul 남극일기
Hanja 南極日記
RR Namgeuk-ilgi
Directed by Yim Pil-sung
Produced by Cha Seoung-jae
Written by Yim Pil-sung
Bong Joon-ho
Starring Song Kang-ho
Yu Ji-tae
Music by Kenji Kawai
Cinematography Jeong Jeong-hun
Distributed by Showbox
Release date(s) May 19, 2005 (South Korea)
Running time 114 min.
Language Korean
Budget $8 mil. US (est.)

Antarctic Journal (2005) is the feature film debut by South Korean director Yim Pil-sung. The movie mixes elements of psychological thriller and classical horror films while showing the hardships met by a modern antarctic expedition trying to reach the pole of inaccessibility. The film had generated some buzz before its release due to its large budget (over $8,000,000US) and notable cast but wasn't a box office hit.



During their journey the expedition led by Captain Choi Do-hyung discovers a journal that was left behind by a British expedition 80 years earlier. The journal was remarkably preserved in a box in the snow and Kim Min-jae, another member of the expedition, gets the job of examining it. It turns out that the two expeditions shared the same goal and soon other strange similarities between them start to show up.


  • Song Kang-ho - Choi Do-hyung
  • Yu Ji-tae - Kim Min-jae
  • Duek-mun Choi - Seo Jae-kyung
  • Kim Kyeong-ik - Yang Geun-chan
  • Park Hie-sun - Lee Young-min
  • Yun Je-moon - Sung-hoon
  • Kang Hye-jeong - Yoo-jin
  • Sam Hammington - English expedition party (voice)

Produced on location in New Zealand by Beachfront Films NZ Producers Bridget Bourke/Richard Cox

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