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Suna no onna
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Writers:
Kôbô Abe (novel)
Kôbô Abe (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 October 1964 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The most provocative picture ever made. See more »
Plot:
An entomologist searching for insects by the seaside is trapped by local villagers into living with a widow whose life task is digging up sand for them, and eventually develops strong feelings for her. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
An unsettling paradox. See more (59 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Eiji Okada ... Entomologist Niki Jumpei

Kyôko Kishida ... Woman
Hiroko Itô ... Entomologist's wife (in flashbacks)
Kôji Mitsui
Sen Yano
Ginzô Sekiguchi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kiyohiko Ichihara
Hideo Kanze
Hiroyuki Nishimoto
Tamotsu Tamura
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Directed by
Hiroshi Teshigahara 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kôbô Abe  novel
Kôbô Abe  screenplay
Eiko Yoshida  scripter

Produced by
Kiichi Ichikawa .... producer
Tadashi Ôno .... producer
 
Original Music by
Tôru Takemitsu 
 
Cinematography by
Hiroshi Segawa 
 
Film Editing by
Fusako Shuzui 
 
Production Design by
Tôtetsu Hirakawa 
Masao Yamazaki 
 
Production Management
Iwao Yoshida .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Masuo Ogawa .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Ichirô Katô .... sound recordist
Keiji Mori .... sound effects editor
Shigenosuke Okuyama .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mitsuo Kume .... lighting technician
Yasuhiro Yoshioka .... still photographer
 
Other crew
Kiyoshi Awazu .... title designer
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Suna no onna" - Japan (original title)
"Woman of the Dunes" - , International (English title), UK
"Woman of the Sands" - Canada (English title) (new title)
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Runtime:
123 min | 147 min (director's cut)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:M | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:18 (1965) | Norway:15 (TV rating) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (1992) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18

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Trivia:
Eiji Okada improvised much of the first dinner scene.See more »
Quotes:
Woman:But... aren't the girls in Tokyo prettier than me?
Entomologist Niki Jumpei:Nonsense!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in I Like Killing Flies (2004)See more »

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13 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
An unsettling paradox., 25 September 2000
Author: Horror-Fan from Bridgewater, MA, USA

This film is very eerie, disturbing, scary, and gripping. It is made in a style very similar to that of a old Twilight Zone episode. The film is about an entemoligist who takes a vacation to catch bugs in a desert area near the sea. He misses the last bus out so he spends the night in a woman's hut at the bottom of a deep pit. She is part of a slave labor group who must dig to keep the town from being burried by the sand. The next morning, he relizes that he's been trapped there for the rest of life. At first he loathes the woman. He ties her up and refuses to shovel so they will let him go. They then give him some sake, which makes him thristy. The water is all gone and the man almost dies of thirst. The man agrees to start working again. He finds that he loves the woman and actually begins to enjoy being confined. This is haunting, erotic Japanese cinema at is absolute best. Hiroshi Teshigahara is an exellent filmaker, it's almost incredible that filmaking was only a small fad of his and he was mostly interested in flower arranging. This is very much a horror film. The monster is the sand. The sand is portrayed here as an unstoppable force, a sort of Godzilla. The sand also causes strange supernatural occurances. My rating: ***** out of *****.

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