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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 on vacation is trapped by local villagers into living with a woman whose life task is shoveling sand for them. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Profound without being pretentious See more (73 total) »

Cast

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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:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Australia:SOA (original rating) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) (2006) | Italy:VM18 (original rating) (1967) | 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:
One of Andrei Tarkovsky's ten favorite filmsSee more »
Quotes:
Man:[First lines] Is this an inspection?
Entomologist Niki Jumpei:Inspection? Not really. Were you expecting one?
Man:You can stay as long as it's not an inspection.
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Referenced in Spider-Man 3 (2007)See more »

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55 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
Profound without being pretentious, 9 December 2004
Author: miszel

This classic film is one of the few to still live up to the name of "perfect film". Everything in the film is perfectly controlled and at the same time so natural.

The story involves an amateur entomologist captured in a giant sand pit somewhere on the coast of a small Japanese island. He tries to escape but a mysterious woman and some nasty villagers keep pulling him back in.

Despite being made in the early sixties this film still packs a dose of eroticism that most contemporary filmmakers pray to achieve. The black and white cinematography is absolutely haunting (watch out for poor video copies which are way too dark, there is a new DVD out which shows what the original print intended)

This is about as close as you can get to a perfect film. There is nothing that could ever be improved upon.

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