Pitfall (1962)
"Otoshiana" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Fantasy  |  6 June 1962 (Japan)
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A man wanders into a seemingly deserted town with his young son in search of work. But after a bit of bad luck, he joins the town's population of lost souls.


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Cast overview:
Hisashi Igawa ...
Miner / Otsuka
Sumie Sasaki ...
Sen Yano ...
Hideo Kanze ...
Kunie Tanaka ...
Man in white suit
Kei Satô ...
Kazuo Miyahara ...
The miner's son
Akemi Nara
Tadashi Fukuro ...
Second union member
Kikuo Kaneuchi ...
Kanichi Ômiya ...
Second miner
Shigeru Matsuo ...
Ton Shimada ...
Dead miner
Sanpei Asakura
Heiguro Matsumoto


A documentary fantasy. Penniless miners talk in passing about labor unions. A miner and his young son go to a village in Kyushu where the miner has been told he'll find work, but it's a ghost town, save for one woman. The miner leaves and is followed by a man in a white suit and white gloves. A murder takes place: faked footprints, bribery and intrigue, investigations, a frame-up, and a ghost who wants to know why meet in a story of realism and the surreal. A child mutely witnesses all. Does the truth count for anything in this world or in the next? Can everything be manipulated? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Crime | Drama | Fantasy


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Release Date:

6 June 1962 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Pitfall  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The Ghosts Walk
23 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you're familiar with Hiroshi Teshigahara's work, especially the notorious "Woman In The Dunes", you will understand the starkness, the harsh reality, the irony of this film. Ostensibly about a miner who is stalked by a man in a white suit and who then is killed for reasons that do not become apparent until nearly the end of the film, the film is, like "Dunes", an uncompromising look at life. The film is technically superb on the DVD box available, and it is highly recommended. This film is not for everyone, it is for people who are interested in serious Japanese cinema. There are nuances in this film that show the mark of a great director, though. Again, be prepared: This is not happy go lucky. It triumphs mostly because of its persistence of vision. That is an endorsement for any filmmaker.

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