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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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Country:

Japan

Language:

None

Release Date:

10 September 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Naked Island See more »

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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Trivia

Due to the success of the film in France, songwriter Eddy Marnay added some lyrics to the central musical theme by Hikaru Hayashi. The resulting song ("L'île nue") was successively performed by french singers Jacqueline Danno (1962) and later by Mathé Altéry (1968). See more »

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perfect is the right word
12 February 2000 | by sansaySee all my reviews

I saw this movie twenty years ago and I still remember it fondly. It should be part of the training of movie directors to see and analyze this movie. The naked island (as it was named in France) shows the hard struggle of a fisherman's family to survive in a very harsh environment. It is very emotional yet does not call on any modern artifice to carry the message. The music will stay with you forever. My only regret is that I can't get a copy to show my children what movie making can be.


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