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Tanin no kao (1966) Poster

(1966)

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This is the third of four film collaborations involving director Hiroshi Teshigahara, author Kôbô Abe, and scorer Tôru Takemitsu. Their other film collaborations were Pitfall (1962), Woman in the Dunes (1964), and The Man Without a Map (1968).
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The source material for this film came from a Kôbô Abe novel of the same name. Abe also wrote the screenplay for this film.
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Director Hiroshi Teshigahara said that he intended the film to explore both personal and cultural identities. While the examination of personal identity is quite overt, Teshigahara also explored how Japan's cultural identity had been impacted by World War II and its aftermath.
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During its initial release, the film was generally poorly received by critics in Japan and the United States. It also received an extremely limited release in the United States and remained unseen by American audiences for many decades. Modern film critics have warmed to the film and its merits, and now consider it a major example of the quality of Japanese films from the 1960s.
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Missing (from being credited) is the song performed in the bar by the young Japanese singer in German.
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