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Kôbô Abe (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1 July 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 »
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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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This is the first of four film collaborations involving director Hiroshi Teshigahara, author Kôbô Abe, and scorer Tôru Takemitsu. Their other film collaborations were Woman in the Dunes (1964), The Face of Another (1966) and The Man Without a Map (1968).See more »
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6 out of 7 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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