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Writers:
Kôbô Abe (screenplay)
Kôbô Abe (story)
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Release Date:
6 June 1962 (Japan) See more »
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Plot:
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 »
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Cast

  (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
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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 
Yuji 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 .... archivist
 

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Additional Details

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

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Referenced in 100 Years of Japanese Cinema (1995) (TV)See more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The Ghosts Walk, 23 September 2009
Author: crossbow0106 from United States

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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