Asahiyama Zoo Story: Penguins in the Sky

Asahiyama Zoo Story: Penguins in the Sky

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Masahiko Makino
Written by Koshimizu Yasuhiro
Distributed by Kadokawa Pictures
Release dates
  • February 7, 2009 (2009-02-07)
Running time
112 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Asahiyama Zoo Story: Penguins in the Sky (旭山動物園物語 ペンギンが空をとぶ) is a 2009 Japanese film.[1][2]


Based on the true story of Asahiyama Zoo in Hokkaido, the northernmost zoo in Japan. The unpopular zoo welcomes a new zoo keeper, young Yoshida (Yasuhi Nakamura), who has more affection for insects than people after years of being bullied at school when he was young. Yoshida soon realizes that Asahiyama Zoo is facing a financial crisis and the zoo director Takizawa has been doing everything in his power to save the zoo from closing down.

Moved by Takizawa’s passion, Yoshida and other zoo keepers came to share the zoo director’s belief that one’s dreams can come true, and together they tackle this seemingly impossible task of revitalizing Asahiyama. A breakthrough arrives in the form of “Behavioral Exhibition,” a method that is pioneered by Ashiyama’s zoo keepers and which eventually makes the zoo renowned throughout the world.[3]



Theme Song

「夢になりたい」("I want to dream") 谷村新司 Tanimura Shinji (songwriter: Tanimura Shinji Arrangement: Yoshiharu Setoya)


  1. 映画 旭山動物園物語 ペンギンが空をとぶ. allcinema (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved 2015-06-15.
  2. 旭山動物園物語 ペンギンが空をとぶ (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 2015-06-15.
  3. Japanese Wikipedia

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