Skip to main content

CHOGOLISA - THE BRIDE'S PEAK

Japan, 1959 (MIFF 1961, Programme 32)

Director: Chonosuke Ise

The Himalayas have always attracted mountaineers of those nations interested in climbing, for the colossal peaks at the "Roof of the World", present the ultimate challenge.

In 1958, the Academic Alpine Club of Kyoto University decided to attempt the scaling of Chogolisa - the Bride's Peak, in the high Karakorums, its summit hitherto untrodden by the feet of man. Starting out from Skardu, in Northern Pakistan on June 21st and passing along the Baltoro glacier, the expedition of 13, with 9 porters and 152 coolies, arrived under the ice wall facing north of Chogolisa on July 8th. After pitching Camp 3 at an altitudeof 6,400 metres, the expedition made their first attempt on July 31st, but were defeated by bad weather. The second attempt began on August 4th. Time seemed to drag interminably to those watching below - then at 4.30pm their patience was rewarded. The summit was scaled.

Chogolisa was awarded the Silver Prize at the Inter-nation Mountaineering and Exploration Film Festival in Italy, 1959.

See also...

THE LAST OF THE BLUE DEVILS

The film tells the story of the music that came out of Kansas City in the twenties and thirties. Many of the major jazz innovators of the day played in a travelling band called the Oklahoma City Blue ... More »

Kew Gardens

The film shows many aspects of the horticultural research carried out at Kew Gardens, London. ... More »

FRONTLINE

"Frontline" is about Australian cameraman Neil Davis who survived the Vietnam War for eleven years. It combines his news footage, researched at length from various archives overseas, with interviews ... More »

The Timeless Track

The film investigates the considerable scope offered by the use of magnetic tape in industry, education and entertainment. ... More »

I REMEMBER, I REMEMBER

This film might have been called Grierson on Grierson on Documentary. The Grand Old Scot of the documentary film, the man who virtually coined the word "documentary" for the idea of making the cinema ... More »

Each Day That Comes

The story of a young woman who becomes chained to the static environment of a small town that seldom changes. The camera explores the life of Stella as a child and as a woman, and describes her ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director