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Josef von Sternberg directed, photographed, provides the voice-over narration and wrote the screenplay (from a based-on-actual event novel by Michiro Maruyana translated by Younghill Kang) about twelve Japanese seaman who, in June 1944, are stranded on an abandoned-and-forgotten island called An-ta-han for seven years. The island's only inhabitants are the overseer of the abandoned plantation and an attractive young Japanese woman. Discipline is represented by a former warrant officer but ends when he suffers a loss-of-face catastrophe. Soon, discipline and rationality are replaced by a struggle for power and the woman. Power is represented by a pair of pistols found in the wreckage of an American airplane, so important that five men pay for their lives in a bid for supremacy. Written by
Les Adams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
A total oddball curio here, The Saga of Anatahan. Was Josef Von Sternberg's last film, and one which apparently he was of being. I'm really not too sure what we see on the screen justifies of Von Sternberg's original finished product.
The story is about a group of a troop of Japanese soldiers that get marooned on an island on the dying days of World War II. While waiting for the rescuers that the soldiers KNOW that's coming to them, they soon discover they're not alone, and better yet, one of the two people they meet is a woman! Soon, carnal lust takes over, and man's eternal fight, lust and power, soon takes over..
Sounds pretty good, right? It would have been, except for the fact that while the actors are speaking Japanese in this, the whole thing is narrated in English, and even worse, by someone who seems to narrate action films for a living, who seems to flourish in the somewhat less exciting things that are going on screen. Another thing that bothered me about this film, is the very clumsy foreshadowing going on. Time after time, we had the narrator telling us clearly what was going to happen, eg, "This was a nice day, little did they realize one of them would be DEAD!" Oh brother. Why did they fool around with something that was fine to begin with?
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