East Pole

Feature Movie / TV Series - Period Drama

Based on the Nippon trilogy The Discovery of the East Pole, see www.east-pole.com

The young German physician Philipp Franz von Siebold sails to Japan in 1823. As an accomplished naturalist, just like his great model Alexander von Humboldt, he explores the reclusive island empire. His successes as a surgeon, healer and bridge builder between the cultures are unheard of. He even finds the love of his life. Yet, his ambitious scientific work is instrumental to a ghoulish plan that will change the course of history. Unknowingly, the young explorer, already dubbed the 'Humboldt of the East', has entered the service of the Devil.


The Discovery of the East Pole is a tableau of the colonial world, the rise of science and the birth of modern Japan in the 19th century. It's the epic of a natural scientist like Kehlmann's Measuring the World, philosophical like Eco's The Name of the Rose, enthralling like Clavell's Shogun and a metaphysical novel in the tradition of Goethe's Faust

With one important distinction. It’s a true story.