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The end of the Summit of the Gods explained – why climb higher?

December 1, 2021

This article is about the ending of the Netflix movie The Peak of the Gods and will contain spoilers.

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The Netflix movie The Summit of the Gods ends with an enigmatic question: “Why always go higher? Be the first? Why risk death? Why do something so futile? “. Well, the movie answers that, but even that is more enigmatic.

Netflix Movie The Summit of the Gods The end explained

In the end, everything was in place. Habu obtained his catharsis by reaching the summit of Everest, even at the cost of his life; Fukamachi obtained the camera from Mallory and uncovered the mystery surrounding this expedition. But even though everything has resolved, there is a felt void somewhere. With this emptiness in our hearts, the last scene takes us again to the mountains. This time to follow Fukamachi. There he stormed the aforementioned question. Well he knew the answer well as he stated, ” I know why. There must be no reason. For some, the mountains are not a goal, but a path. And the top, a step. Once there, all you have to do is continue. “

Yes. You don’t have to have a reason to climb a mountain or whatever someone wants to do in life. There is more to it. For Habu or Fukamachi or whoever, it doesn’t matter when you do something and you realize you can’t live without it. And no tragedy, failure, loss can force you to stop what you’re trying to do.

For Habu, he got a taste of mountaineering at a young age, when he climbed a hill and saw a beautiful sunset. For him, it was “the moment” when he realized all he cared about was climbing. It didn’t matter to him how someone felt when he loosely recounted his techniques in front of friends in a rather boastful manner or arrogantly shared his point of view of saving himself only in the situation where his partner was unconsciously swinging at the end of a rope. – because there is no point in both dying.

But this unyielding attitude of determination to climb, Habu was not inhuman in this process. He also had vulnerability. That’s why he couldn’t cut the rope when Buntaro (a novice climber) grabbed onto the other end of the rope while mountaineering together. As Buntaro himself cut the rope obeying Habu’s past statement to save one rather than die two, Habu broke. Plus, he questioned his dominator who never bowed after a horrific accident. On the brink of life and death, he relentlessly asked for help to survive like a loser.

Despite these tragedies and losses, he returned to the mountain. He wasn’t the cold-hearted, obsessive-compulsive disorder guy to go to the mountains. He sent money to Buntaro’s surviving sister and saved Fukamachi from death. In my opinion, he was more human than anyone. But for him, getting away from the mountains was more painful. And the top was not just something he wanted to reach to be famous, but a place to look down and introspect all he left behind.

Fukamachi understood this. So, although he does know the mystery of George Mallory, he has not revealed it to us, lest it obscures the essential, a joy to be climbed, behind all the fame and history. However, I don’t have a conclusive answer on Fukamachi’s last ascent to the top in the last scene. I have asked this question several times after seeing the movie. All I need to get is ambiguity. Perhaps that is the point. There must be no reason. It is important to follow the path, where you can discover yourself. And once you’ve tasted it, you can’t stop.

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