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A two man ski adventure on Rishiri, a volcano island in the northern tip of Japan. This island receives the first wring of the Siberian storm coming in from Russia. As a near perfect circular island mountain the wind is fierce here, and Rishiri is normally a backcountry skiing heaven. Our journey couldn't be further from the norm, and it is probably the only Japan ski film ever made without face shots and that magic powder spray. A real 1721m summit to sea ski adventure to end a ski season with a bang.

  • Felix Lai
  • Felix Lai
  • Felix Lai
  • Takuro Karasuno
    Key Cast
  • Felix Lai
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    23 hours 25 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 22, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 JPY
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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  • Shooting Format:
    DSLR, Gopro
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Director Biography - Felix Lai

A fervent skier and freelance photographer attempting his first ski film in less than ideal conditions. Based in Cornwall, but has to travel to Japan in search of powder snow.

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Director Statement

We were searching for long sweepy ski runs in this film, but was met with nature's cruel intention and missed the powder window by 3 days. Here lies the only Japan ski film without powder snow. (Representative segement: 11:50 to 12:50)