Where is Fire in The Ozaki 8?

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    Did you notice there is no trial for Fire in The Ozaki 8? Photo Source: Wikipedia.org

Look closer at The Ozaki 8 and you’ll find a series of eight ordeals that pay tribute to the forces of nature. There’s Earth, Water, Wind, Ice, the Sky, Mountains and two additional ordeals that make it a pretty nifty achievement to complete the ordeals of The Ozaki Eight.

Indeed, most of the bases are covered. Yet if you look closer, there’s a basic element missing in The Ozaki 8 as presented in the film. And when you consider it’s one of the four most basic forces of Earth, it’s made me scratch my head a little…

Just where is ‘Fire’ in The Ozaki 8?

The Ozaki 8 Isn’t All That Hot…

OK, so maybe I’m being a little nitpicky. But come on – water and fire are the two most basic elements that shaped this planet right? So where’s the fire? Why isn’t it there, and even more importantly, how could an extreme athlete pay tribute to this most basic force of nature and the planet it helped (and continues to) create?

I have two theories why there was no ordeal to Fire performed in the film. First, it was a basic time issue. With eight ordeals to cover, the producers simply didn’t have time to cover them all. Of the Ozaki 8 ordeals, only the first two were not shown on film. Maybe another trial was simply too much.

The Ozaki Eight tributes to nature are not complete without fire.

The Ozaki Eight tributes to nature are not complete without fire.

My second theory is probably the more likely scenario: just how do you film an extreme sports scene in which athletes ‘become one’ with fire and NOT get killed? The other forces are relatively straightforward, like snowboarding for Ice and surfing for Life of Water, and indeed the writer of Point Break, Kurt Wimmer came up with an ingenious twist to Awakening Earth, Master of Six Lives and the final act (or so we thought), Act of Ultimate Trust.

Still, it’s missing Fire. Call me picky, but that ain’t right.

A Trial By Fire

So the question remains, assuming you want to go there – and I do. How could Fire theoretically have been worked into The Ozaki 8?

I’ve got several ideas, though I don’t know how realistic they’d be. The first would be some kind of a fire walking ordeal. This is actually a common ritual by many cultures around the world, although it’s not exactly Point Break material – unless they could figure a way to make it look stupidly awesome.

The second is probably more befitting of The Ozaki 8; I’m thinking something with a volcano. Italian BASE jumper Roberta Mancino pulled a relevant stunt, ironically, earlier this month, in which she did a wingsuit flight across an active volcano in Chile. See the video below for your gratuitous viewing pleasure.

I was thinking a full-on BASE jump INSIDE a spewing volcano, or something that puts the athlete in direct contact with lava, but I’m probably thinking like a 5 year-old at the moment.

What do you think: how could fire be part of The Ozaki 8?

By | 2017-10-06T20:34:58+00:00 June 15th, 2016|Air Extreme, Ozaki 8|4 Comments

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  1. colette August 11, 2016 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    They are playing with fire throughout every ordeal hense the quotes if you play with fire your going to get burnt

    • Steve Hutchings August 20, 2016 at 10:42 am - Reply

      Hi Colette,

      I didn’t realize they said that. I’ll have to go back and watch again. Thanks for the heads up!

  2. Partha July 28, 2018 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    My guess would be that fire is the only element that can never be found in its natural form like water or wind and is only produced by a chemical reaction. Hence the reason for skipping it entirely. The movie focused on the challenges yes posed naturally by Earth and these are what the ozaki 8 are based upon. The other forces of nature can be harnessed to some extent and as seen in the movie but fire by itself can never be controlled by man as we have seen in the movie Only the Brave. Hence if there ever was a Fire element or challenge to be included in the movie then it definately would be somehow controlling a forest fire before it destroys the forest as well as people. That’s what Iike to think about the ozaki 8.

    • Steve Hutchings August 2, 2018 at 4:07 am - Reply

      It would be very difficult to do in the Ozaki 8, agreed. Still, I can’t help to feel that the Eight isn’t complete without fire.

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