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Director: Yoshifumi Udo

Producer: Koki Okamoto, Tomiji Kajiwara, Ryouhei Otani, Yutaka Tamura

Executive Producer: Atuso Tokuoka

Writer: Jun Nshimura

Cast: Kenta Hamano, Makitasports, Youji Tanaka, Yasuto Hida, Takashi Yamanaka, Udai Iwasaki, Syoudai Fukuyama

Genres: Drama

Demographics: All audiences

People: Atuso Tokuoka, Jun Nshimura, Kenta Hamano, Koki Okamoto, Makitasports, Ryouhei Otani, Syoudai Fukuyama, Takashi Yamanaka, Tomiji Kajiwara, Udai Iwasaki, Yasuto Hida, Yoshifumi Udo, Youji Tanaka, Yutaka Tamura

The Funny Chef of South Polar

Japan Program Catalog
12 x 30’

Antarctica sets the stage for a flurry of dad jokes and dad bods as 7 guys spend a year in freezing conditions at 3,800 meters above sea level. Here at Dome Fuji Base, said to be the toughest observation base in the world, the average temperature is 57 degrees Celsius below zero. Life barely exists and even viruses die off.

Technically, 3 out of the 7 are researchers and the other 4 are support crew, but when all is said and done, they’re nothing more than middle-aged men. How will they survive a whole year in a tiny dome base when there’s absolutely nothing to enjoy or do in this remotest of all places?

Well, they have food, and they surely take advantage of every opportunity to bond over the great meals the designated chef whips up. With nothing but harsh, suffocating, stressful, lonely, and anxiety-ridden conditions around them, there is no place to run and nobody else to depend on but each other. But give a middle-aged man some good food, and even under such circumstances, you can count on him to have a great time, and maybe even crack a dad joke.

A string of incidents unlikely to occur back home threaten their brotherhood. In the end, scrumptious meals never fail to unite them time and again. Follow these seasoned yet tacky, admirable yet cringeworthy men in this unique and captivating sitcom.

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