7.5/10
469
9 user 21 critic

Ana-ta-han (1953)

Anatahan (original title)
Approved | | Drama, War | 17 May 1954 (USA)
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) ... See full summary »

Writers:

(novel), (novel) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $3.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Little Death I (2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An erotic thriller from the director of Psychopathia Sexualis, THE LITTLE DEATH offers a peek into the seedy boudoirs of a Victorian-era brothel, where a strong-willed reformer (Courtney ... See full summary »

Director: Bret Wood
Stars: Cynthia Barrett, Jerilynn Bedingfield, Bruce Bennett
The Unwanted (2014)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

In this Southern Gothic retelling of Sheridan Le Fanu's vampire story 'Carmilla,' a young drifter (Christen Orr) arrives in a rural town seeking the whereabouts of the mother she never knew... See full summary »

Director: Bret Wood
Stars: Hannah Fierman, Christen Orr, William Katt
Ceddo (1977)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The Ceddo try to preserve their traditional African culture against the onslaught of Islam, Christianity, and the slave trade. When King Demba War sides with the Muslims, the Ceddo kidnap ... See full summary »

Director: Ousmane Sembene
Stars: Tabata Ndiaye, Moustapha Yade, Ismaila Diagne
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

Multi-narrative adaptation of Richard v. Krafft-Ebing's notorious medico-forensic study of sexual perversity.

Director: Bret Wood
Stars: Kristi Casey, David Weber, Zoe Cooper
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A young woman, Poppy, out for excitement in Shanghai, enters a gambling house owned by "Mother" Gin Sling, a dragon-lady who worked herself up from poverty to buy the casino. Sir Guy ... See full summary »

Director: Josef von Sternberg
Stars: Gene Tierney, Walter Huston, Victor Mature
The Other Half I (2009)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

To evade the psychological cruelty of her disabled husband, a woman arranges a tryst for him and a 'dancer' at a cheap motel.

Director: Bret Wood
Stars: Haji Abdullah, Jane Bass, Neal R. Hazard
Ganja & Hess (1973)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

After being stabbed with an ancient, germ-infested knife, a doctor's assistant finds himself with an insatiable desire for blood.

Director: Bill Gunn
Stars: Duane Jones, Marlene Clark, Bill Gunn
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A kept woman runs into her former fiancé and finds herself torn between love and comfort.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Edna Purviance, Clarence Geldart, Carl Miller
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Lung, a former member of the national Little League team and now operator of an old-style fabric business, is never able to shake a longing for his past glory. One day, he runs into a forme... See full summary »

Director: Edward Yang
Stars: Chin Tsai, Hsiao-Hsien Hou, I-Chen Ko
Brightness (1987)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young man with magical powers journeys to his uncle to request help in fighting his sorcerer father.

Director: Souleymane Cissé
Stars: Issiaka Kane, Aoua Sangare, Niamanto Sanogo
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A homage to the work of psychologist Wilhelm Reich, matched with a story about a Yugoslavian girl's affair with a Russian skater. Sexual repression, social systems and the orgone theory are explored.

Director: Dusan Makavejev
Stars: Milena Dravic, Ivica Vidovic, Jagoda Kaloper
Mogambo (1953)
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

On a Kenyan safari, white hunter Victor Marswell has a love triangle with seductive American socialite Eloise Kelly and anthropologist Donald Nordley's cheating wife Linda.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Clark Gable, Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Keiko Kusakabe, the 'Queen Bee'
Tadashi Suganuma ...
Kusakabe, Husband of Keiko (as Suganuma)
Kisaburo Sawamura ...
Kuroda (as Sawamura)
Shôji Nakayama ...
Nishio (as Nakayama)
Jun Fujikawa ...
Yoshisato (as Fujikawa)
Hiroshi Kondô ...
Yanaginuma (as Kondo)
Shozo Miyashita ...
Sennami (as Miyashita)
Tsuruemon Bando ...
Doi (as Tsuruemon)
Kikuji Onoe ...
Kaneda (as Kikuji)
Rokuriro Kineya ...
Marui (as Rokuriro)
Daijiro Tamura ...
Kanzaki (as Tamura)
Chizuru Kitagawa ...
(as Kitagawa)
Takeshi Suzuki ...
Takahashi (as Suzuki)
Shiro Amikura ...
Amanuma (as Amikura)
Edit

Storyline

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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

17 May 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ana-ta-han  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$373 (USA) (31 March 2017)

Gross:

$49,899 (USA) (31 March 2017)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Narrator: It is easy to see what others do; we carry no mirror to reflect our own actions.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Saga of Anatahan

The origin of "The Saga of Anatahan" was a trip Josef von Sternberg made to Japan in 1936, during which he met producer Nagamasa Kawakita, while Arnold Fanck was shooting "Atarashiki tsuchi" (1937), a movie Kawakita was financing to promote the image of Japan in Europe. Sternberg was a well-known admirer of Japanese culture, so he discussed with Kawakita the possibility of making a motion picture in the country, about one of their national themes, but they had to wait until the end of American occupation in the island. Kawakita had been scorned for his liking of everything related to China, considered a war criminal, and expelled from the Japanese film industry for five years. However, his long career as producer of films that faithfully portrayed the Japanese culture, and his distribution of Japanese cinema abroad since the 1920s, allowed Kawakita to produce this free retelling of an incident that by 1951 was hot in the Japanese media. According to Michiro Maruyama's memoirs –which served as starting point for the screenplay-, during World War II he and 29 fellow sailors shipwrecked in the Pacific Ocean and stayed for almost a decade in the island of Anatahan, populated only by a peasant and a woman. With the collaboration of Tatsuo Asano, Sternberg made his version of the story, and concentrated on the power struggle, the triumph of hedonism and the search for sexual favors from the woman (newcomer Akemi Negishi). However, I find the result a bit confusing and whimsical. Besides directing, co-producing, co-writing, co-editing, and co-photographing the film, Sternberg opted to narrate it (himself) in English, while the voices of the Japanese players were registered as they performed. The effect of the first-person narration disorients more than distances from the action: it seems the reflection of one of the main characters, but the narration is never associated with anybody. Moreover, Sternberg's commentaries contain ethical and moral views and perceptions that seem more pertinent to Occident than to Japanese culture. In 1953 the film opened and was rejected in Japan, for it dealt with recent war events that had traumatic effects on the population, who had a different moral view. The film was a failure in the United States, Kawakita released it in Europe with a new narration told by a young Japanese actor, and Sternberg went to teach cinema. However he kept working on it, asked cinematographer Kôzô Okazaki to film additional shots (including a nude Akemi Negishi, sitting by the sea), and in 1958 made the version I am reviewing, which he gave the title of "The Saga of Anatahan", and stated that this was the definitive version. Since then, the film has been reconsidered as among his best works. It does not lack interest but is far from his silent masterpieces, "The Blue Angel" and other titles with Marlene Dietrich.


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?