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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:
Jumpei Niki, a Tokyo based entomologist and educator, is in a poor seaside village collecting specimens of sand insects... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Zen and the City 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 | Norway:15 (TV rating) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (1992) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18

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Trivia:
At one point, the entomologist collects an antlion. This insect is from the family Myrmeleontidae. The larval stage is often called a "doodlebug" in the United States. The insect ensnares its prey by digging out a pit in loose sand. When the prey falls into the pit, it is unable to get out and becomes food for the antlion. This is symbolic of the situation the entomologist himself encounters when he is trapped in the sand pit.See more »
Quotes:
Entomologist Niki Jumpei:Do you shovel to survive, or survive to shovel?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Spider-Man 3 (2007)See more »

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33 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Zen and the City, 6 August 2005
Author: kristbauer from United States

In my interpretation this movie is a reflection on Zen philosophy: Just like Zen monks that sweep the courtyards of monasteries and devote themselves to the most humble tasks to find inner harmony, Niki finds inner rest in the daily work of removing the sand, solving water supply problems and living a confined live. The movie suggests the modern lives we live in the big cities isolate us from our needs and ourselves. Just like a Zen garden, that is designed to mirror nature and men, the people in the dunes reflect our daily struggles and confinements. The surreal setting is a necessity to convey the message of the film. There is nothing goofy about the pits and how people behave in there. It is just hard for us western people to see the transcendence there.

I watched this movie on a Japanese Film Festival in Berlin in 1993. I can't remember all the details but the movie really mesmerized me. It is a very unique work and I wonder why it doesn't have the cult status of other movies.

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