The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1974)

By winning the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1975 at the Oscars, that this totally deserved, this almost made me fall asleep. Fortunately, I still stood up.

Canadian actor Douglas Rain, who previously portrayed the HAL-9000 computer in “2001: A Space Odyssey” was the narrator of this. 10 years before he reprised the HAL-9000 computer again in “2010: The Year We Make Contact”. And the only star of this? The man who was the very first to ski down Mt. Everest himself, Yūchirō Miura. A Japanese skier and alpinist.

Throughout the journey in this documentary that took place in 1970, there were no interviews. Just the long journey in Tibet throughout the mountains, to the most dangerous place on Earth. The Tibetans carried a ton of backpacks as they walked in bare feet all the way. By the time they got higher, then they put some shoes on. 

Flashbacks show of how Yūchirō Miura got into skiing in Italy and in his home country, as he got a few injuries, but didn’t break his bones like Evel Knievel. During the production, six or eight people were killed by a cave in by the icy glaciers. While Yūchirō Miura practised, he needed four flares, and almost two parachutes. Parachutes help him slow down, cause it’s dangerous when they go down without one. Otherwise, someone would ski right off a slippery slope on Mt. Everest, and face it’s fate right away.

Then came the most iconic moment. Right near the summit, he dive-bombed downward, with a parachute on, as he avoided the icy slopes. And he didn’t get a single injury. 

My television obsessed father almost spoiled the entire ending. Even when he is looking at his phone too much on winnebagos that I’m not so sure on. So while I was getting ready for dinner, he and my grandma fiddled the TV controls. They watched the last half and saw the ending. My mom and I had to catch up after supper. And fans, he is totally like that Mike Teavee kid from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. Or that former fencing athlete guy in “Stay Tuned”. Especially when he is a Tampa Bay Lightning lover too much than the Montreal Canadiens, being addicted to Apple technology too much, as well as laptops, IPads, and his IPhone too, as how he changes his mojo a lot. Oh, he can also be a bad jokester and can call you a ‘god awful bus driver’ if you were in front of him on a golf cart on a golf course.

So for a success on this real footage documentary, 10/10 stars is what I give.

In conclusion, since this came out, Yūchirō Miura years later in 2003, at age 70, he was the oldest person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. 10 years later in 2013, he did it again. Reaching the summit of Everest at age 80. His achievement was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.

F.R. Crawley who was the director of this, and deserved that Oscar award for Best Documentary Feature, lived until he was 75 years old on May 13th, 1987. One of his children Jennifer married a entrepreneur named Jerry Quipp, as they had a daughter named Rosemary Quipp. As of 2021, if you want to know anything more about F.R. Crawley, I think should deal with Jerry Quipp and his daughter Rosemary in Chelsea, Gatineau, Quebec. They have a chicken coop for where they live. 100 Kingsmere Rd, Chelsea QC J9B 1G8, Canada.

What about Douglas Rain? After this, as well as being hired by Stanley Kubrick and Peter Hyams as the voice of that HAL-9000 computer, he didn’t get into anymore movies and tv shows by the late 1980’s. He went into retirement, and lived until he was 90 years old on November 11th, 2018. Remembrance Day. So on that day when Marvel comic book writer Stan Lee died of pneumonia, so did he, as he picked him up. They immediately went to heaven together, while Stan Lee’s fans mourned him back on Earth. 

Thus, people do wish to achieve something if they can do it. And yet, Mt. Everest does remain the most dangerous place on Earth. Because of thin air, avalanches, glaciers of ice, as well as crossing them by going over a steel ladder bridge, rocky terrain, strong fierce blizzards, frostbite, cave in’s, and slippery slopes too. Otherwise, despite for how they’re aware of the Yeti (or Abominable Snowman), you do not, repeat NOT want to end up like Rob Hall, Scott Fischer, Doug Hansen, Andy Harris, Yasuko Namba, and the rest who perished in the Mt. Everest disaster of May 10th-11th, 1996. You need to be very lucky to face Tibet as how Yūchirō Miura did, as well as Heinrich Harrier who met and befriended the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso while spending seven years in Tibet. Wrote a book too of the same name. True story.

Tune in tomorrow next time at 6:03 pm, for a review of a tragic loss, that we will miss on. For he was my favourite Japanese actor/martial artist, as well as Quentin Tarantino’s since “Kill Bill: Volume 1”. In addition, blame China big time for whole goddamn virus pandemic.

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