Footage of a Japanese ice breaker cutting through the frozen waters near Sakhalin.
Full titles read: "MAN VERSUS NATURE - A Japanese study. - The Mikado's Far North Flagship opens up the seas beyond Sakhalin - a hard struggle."
L/S's of Japanese Ice breaker making it's way through the ice to clear the sea route. L/S's of the large ship getting stuck in the ice. Several shots of the ship's crew members hacking at the ice around the hull of the ship with pick axes in an attempt to free her. L/S's of smoke billowing from the funnels of the ship as she gets underway again.