Netflix has dropped the trailer of its animated feature film, ‘The Summit of The Gods’. It is a French adaptation of the homonymous manga series by renowned manga artist Jiro Taniguchi and writer Baku Yumemakura.
Netflix will premiere ‘The Summit of The Gods’ in select US theatres on November 24th. It will be available on the platform from November 30th.
Writers: Patrick Imbert and Jean-Charles Ostoréro.
Directed by: Patrick Imbert
Executive Producer: Thibaut Ruby.
“A breathtaking adaptation of the manga series by renowned manga artist Jirô Taniguchi and writer Baku Yumemakura, THE SUMMIT OF THE GODS follows a young Japanese photojournalist, Fukamachi, who finds a camera that could change the history of mountaineering. It leads him to the mysterious Habu, an outcast climber believed missing for years. Fukamachi enters a world of obsessive mountaineers hungry for impossible conquests on a journey that leads him, step by step, towards the summit of the gods.”
The Summit of The Gods premiered earlier this year, as a part of the 2021 Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival. It was also premiered in ‘Animation is Film Festival’ on its opening night.
On adapting the manga to a film, Imbert said:
“In order to fit five tomes into a single story, you must make choices and find a structure. I came back to the simple question: What was Yumemakura’s intent? At the mountain’s horn, there was that thread, this rope, which bound the two main characters. To me, the axis was obvious.”
The main plot relies on Mallory-Irvine’s 1924 expedition of conquering Mount Everest. It is thought to be the first-ever successful feat by many but stayed unconfirmed due to their sudden disappearance. ‘The Summit of The Gods’ focuses on a Japanese journalist, Makoto Fukamichi who decides to climb Everest to uncover the aforementioned mystery guided by Habu, a legendary climber.
The stunning 2D animated visuals of the snow-capped ranges of the mighty Himalayas can easily be confused as real snaps. It steers us through the extreme journey depicting the strong determination and relentless efforts put in by mountaineers to achieve the impossible.