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Kôbô Abe (screenplay)
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Release Date:
6 June 1962 (Japan) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Daily Briefing. Merv Bloch and "The Telephone Book"
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  (in credits order)
Hisashi Igawa ... Miner / Otsuka
Sumie Sasaki ... Shopkeeper
Sen Yano ... Toyama
Hideo Kanze ... Policeman
Kunie Tanaka ... Man in white suit
Kei Satô ... Reporter
Kazuo Miyahara ... The miner's son
Akemi Nara
Tadashi Fukuro ... Second union member
Kikuo Kaneuchi ... Photographer
Kanichi Ômiya ... Second miner
Shigeru Matsuo ... Farmer
Ton Shimada ... Dead miner
Sanpei Asakura
Heiguro Matsumoto

Directed by
Hiroshi Teshigahara 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kôbô Abe  screenplay
Kôbô Abe  story

Produced by
Tadashi Ôno .... producer
Original Music by
Toshi Ichiyanagi 
Yûji Takahashi 
Tôru Takemitsu 
Cinematography by
Hiroshi Segawa 
Film Editing by
Fusako Shuzui 
Production Design by
Kiyoshi Awazu 
Art Direction by
Masao Yamazaki 
Production Management
Hajime Funakoshi .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yasuo Yoshino .... assistant director
Sound Department
Kenji Mori .... sound effects editor
Shigenosuke Okuyama .... sound recordist
Tôru Takemitsu .... sound designer
Camera and Electrical Department
Mitsuo Kume .... gaffer
Music Department
Tôru Takemitsu .... musical director
Other crew
Kiyoshi Awazu .... title designer
Eiko Yoshida .... continuity

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Otoshiana" - Japan (original title)
"The Pitfall" - USA
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97 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
UK:15 (2004, DVD) | USA:Not Rated

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24 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Interesting satire, 23 June 2001
Author: xhari_nairx from Oakland

This film is very difficult to find in the West. It's not on video and you'd probably have to be lucky and find it at a film festival or a revival house. It's the first collaboration between director Teshigahara, writer Kodo Abe, and composer Toru Takemitsu, who went on to make the more widely available WOMAN IN THE DUNES and FACE OF ANOTHER. It's not quite as strong as WitD but is on par with FoA. This is a satire about a deserted town who's inhabitants are ghosts swallowed up by corruption. Teshigahara's direction is solid and Takemitsu comes up with another appropriately dissonant score balancing tension and humor. It's worth seeing for anyone interested in the three principal collaborators, particularly since opportunities to see it are rare. Takemitsu in particular could almost single handedly make a movie worth watching.

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