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The Naked Island (1960)

Hadaka no shima (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 10 September 1962 (USA)
A family of four are the sole inhabitants of a small island, where they struggle each day to irrigate their crops.

Director:

Kaneto Shindô

Writer:

Kaneto Shindô
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Nobuko Otowa ... Toyo, the mother
Taiji Tonoyama ... Senta, the father
Shinji Tanaka Shinji Tanaka ... Tarô - the elder son
Masanori Horimoto Masanori Horimoto ... Jirô - the younger son
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Deals with the intolerably hard life of a family of four, the only inhabitants of a very small Japanese island in the Setonaikai archipelago. Several times a day they row over to the neighboring island to fetch water for their miserable fields. Written by Michael Jurich <jurich@rummelplatz.uni-mannheim.de>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #811. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Quién te cantará (2018) See more »

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a perfect movie
4 December 1998 | by billr-3See all my reviews

I remember this film from my student days. I saw it in an uptown, shabby, art house theatre (when art meant porn) in Philadelphia. I was amazed. As I recall, it is a film without dialog. Not silent, but no dialog. Black and white, but singularly visual. Three, maybe four characters with self- effacing directing and camera work, it was as intimate as small off-Broadway theatre. I've seen nothing since as cinematic, or moving. No one I've ever met, has seen it. But I remember it vividly.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

None

Release Date:

10 September 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,673
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Kindai Eiga Kyokai See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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