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Doraemon The Movie: Nobita's Great Adventure In The Antarctic Kachi Kochi

Format(s) Available
DIGITAL
Opening Date
15 Jun 2017
Rating
PG
Runtime
101 mins
Language
Japanese with English & Chinese subtitles
Genre
Animation
Director
Atsushi Takahashi
Cast
-
Synopsis
Unable to endure the midsummer heat, Doraemon transports Nobita and his friends to a huge iceberg floating in the South Pacific. While creating an amusement parks with the secret tool "Ice-working Iron" the group finds a mysterious golden ring in the ice. Upon closer examination, they determine that the ring was buried in Antarctica 100,000 years ago - before people could have lived there. Doraemon and friends head to Antarctica looking for the owner of the ring and come across the ruins of a huge city buried in the ice. Using Doraemon's Time Belt, the group travels back 100,000 years ago and meets the young girl Kara who is connected to the mysterious ring. But now the group must fight for survival as Doraemon faces the crisis of the entire Earth freezing.
 
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By Hoai  15 Jun 2017
​The audience gets to see everything they have come to love about the robotic cat and his friends: the time travels, the extraordinary adventures, the futuristic gadgets and toys, and most of all, the special, heartwarming friendship between Nobita and Doraemon.
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As yet another attempt to tap into the Doraemon nostalgia of this generation of 20-somethings who grew up with the character, the movie does not disappoint.

The audience gets to see everything they have come to love about the robotic cat and his friends: the time travels, the extraordinary adventures, the futuristic gadgets and toys, and most of all, the special, heartwarming friendship between Nobita and Doraemon. Watching 'Doraemon The Movie: Nobita's Great Adventure In The Antarctic Kachi Kochi' is like reuniting with your oldest friend where nothing has changed. Doraemon still sleeps inside Nobita’s closet. Gian still sings horribly. and Nobita is still the clumsy, clueless boy with the biggest heart.

A Doraemon film needs no introduction or preamble, so the plot jumps straight into the action with Doraemon and Nobita running away from the summer heat in Tokyo to Antarctica via the Anywhere Door. From a gigantic iceberg, the duo together with their friends Shizuka, Suneo and Gian use Doraemon’s tools to carve out an ice amusement park for themselves. Nobita then discovers a mysterious ring hidden underneath the ice, which Doraemon later discovers to date back as far as 100000 years. The discovery prompts the group of friends to travel back in time to find out about the origin of the ring, only to be roped into a battle against the Blizzarga, who threatens to freeze the entire Earth.

Like other Doraemon movies, the characterisation in this one is on the thin side. The movie doesn’t spend much time developing the characters, operating on the assumption that the audience is already familiar with Doraemon and friends. It isn’t wrong, though. So the movie still works, even though some characters, like Shizuka, aren't given much to do throughout the film. It is, after all, “Nobita’s Adventure” and not anyone else’s.

Although no one goes to see a Doraemon movie for its cinematic merits, Nobita's Great Adventure In The Antarctic Kachi Kochi is objectively not a bad film. The plot is tightly structured while time travel aspect is handled nicely enough. It won’t make any best movies list but if you fancy a trip down the memory lane with the blue cat robot and his friends, the movie is definitely recommended.
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