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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 »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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User Reviews:
Spellbinding and creepy See more (70 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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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:
This is the second of four film collaborations involving director Hiroshi Teshigahara, author Kôbô Abe, and scorer Tôru Takemitsu. Their other film collaborations were Pitfall (1962), The Face of Another (1966), and The Man Without a Map (1968).See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Jumpei is seen from behind, adjusting his clothing after urinating at the wall of sand. When he turns around, there are no wet or discolored areas in the sand as there would be if he had actually urinated.See more »
Quotes:
Man:It's useless. The sand can swallow up cities and countries, if it wants to.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Spider-Man 3 (2007)See more »

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36 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Spellbinding and creepy, 9 March 2004
Author: jonr-3 from Kansas City, Missouri, USA

I'd wanted to see this movie for years, and finally got around to it, on DVD. What a treat! I was glad to discover that the erotic element, though important, is not the predominant draw here; typically, some references to the film make it sound as though it were some forbidden erotic romp, or full of perverse sexuality. Instead I found myself wrapped up in a creepy suspense-thriller sci-fi-fantasy carried off with wit, style, and extraordinarily interesting photography (including one scene that, at least on my set, was completely black for a couple of minutes).

I voted "nine" for this wonderful film, in part because it left me with a lot to think about, in part just for how well it was made. The music by Toru Takemitsu is absolutely perfect for the task, too.

This is just about my favorite kind of film: one that raises important questions about human life, but not at the expense of entertainment. It's as close as I'll probably ever come to having my cake and eating it, too.

Update, January 2007: I finally obtained my own DVD of this film, one with much higher quality photographic reproduction. I now marvel even more at the extraordinarily creative photography. Be sure, if you view this on DVD, not to boost your set's brightness: I can assure you the film is very, very dark on purpose. If possible, see it on a high-definition monitor. Today, I'd vote "ten."

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