culture is alive in Japan to this day. Whalers have taken
pride in their skills for centuries. This documentary captures
the essence of a lifestyle with the whales through a year-long
coverage of traditional coastal whaling along the Japanese
coast and research whaling in the North Pacific.
The 31st Sumitomo-maru leaves a northern Japanese port on
a half-year journey to catch whales. Gunner IZUMI and five
sailors will be chasing whales along the Pacific coast until
the season ends. Teamwork and pride among the six crew members
keep their faces glowing.
For people in the Lofoten Island of northern Norway, catching
whales is also a traditional way of life and whale meat an
important source of protein.
Through looking at the process of whale-hunting and food
consumption, the traditional relationship between the whaler
and the sea as well as the principles of human subsistence