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The Naked Island (1960)

Hadaka no shima (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 10 September 1962 (USA)
A family of four are the sole inhabitants of a small island, where they struggle each day to irrigate their crops.




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Cast overview:
Nobuko Otowa ...
Toyo, the mother
Taiji Tonoyama ...
Senta, the father
Shinji Tanaka ...
Tarô - the elder son
Masanori Horimoto ...
Jirô - the younger son


Deals with the intolerably hard life of a family of four, the only inhabitants of a very small Japanese island in the Setonaikai archipelago. Several times a day they row over to the neighboring island to fetch water for their miserable fields. Written by Michael Jurich <jurich@rummelplatz.uni-mannheim.de>

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Due to the success of the film in France, songwriter Eddy Marnay added some lyrics to the central musical theme by Hikaru Hayashi. The resulting song ("L'île nue") was successively performed by french singers Jacqueline Danno (1962) and later by Mathé Altéry (1968). See more »


Referenced in 100 Years of Japanese Cinema (1995) See more »

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One of the finest films ever made.
17 January 2002 | by (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

If you have ever wondered what a film would be like that exemplifies how the tools of the craft can be used to do powerfully what no other art can do, this film answers the question. It is among the most carefully wrought, least encumbered yet profound movies ever made. The fact that it has long been unavailable in America and Europe in any accessible format reflects very sadly upon us all. (Addendum 15 March 2008 for those of you with region-free players: the English distributor, Eureka, has thankfully released the original widescreen version of the movie in PAL format in its 'The Masters of Cinema Series', #12, with an optional commentary by Shindo and his composer, Hikaru Hayashi. Available from Amazon.uk.)

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