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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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Storyline

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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the most moving film
6 November 2001 | by steveandmichikoSee all my reviews

I was surfing on the t.v. and came across this incredible "little" film on a French Canadian station. As there is no dialogue and the story is so human and pure, it is truly the most universal picture I've seen. I defy anyone not to be moved by the challenges which the characters face, the realism in the minimalist acting and the beauty of the simplistic black and white camerawork. I've never heard of this film, but I will tell all my friends about it.


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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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