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Pitfall (1962)

Otoshiana (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Fantasy | 1 July 1962 (Japan)
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.

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Kôbô Abe (screenplay), Kôbô Abe (story)
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Cast overview:
Hisashi Igawa ... Miner / Otsuka
Sumie Sasaki Sumie Sasaki ... Shopkeeper
Sen Yano Sen Yano ... Toyama
Hideo Kanze Hideo Kanze ... Policeman
Kunie Tanaka ... Man in white suit
Kei Satô Kei Satô ... Reporter
Kazuo Miyahara ... The miner's son
Akemi Nara Akemi Nara
Tadashi Fukuro Tadashi Fukuro ... Second union member
Kikuo Kaneuchi Kikuo Kaneuchi ... Photographer
Kanichi Ômiya Kanichi Ômiya ... Second miner
Shigeru Matsuo Shigeru Matsuo ... Farmer
Ton Shimada Ton Shimada ... Dead miner
Sanpei Asakura Sanpei Asakura
Heiguro Matsumoto Heiguro Matsumoto
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A documentary fantasy. Penniless miners talk in passing about labor unions. A miner and his young son go to a village in Kyushu where the miner has been told he'll find work, but it's a ghost town, save for one woman. The miner leaves and is followed by a man in a white suit and white gloves. A murder takes place: faked footprints, bribery and intrigue, investigations, a frame-up, and a ghost who wants to know why meet in a story of realism and the surreal. A child mutely witnesses all. Does the truth count for anything in this world or in the next? Can everything be manipulated? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Crime | Drama | Fantasy

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 July 1962 (Japan) See more »

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Pitfall See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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19 April 2018 | by treywillwestSee all my reviews

Absolutely unique and bizarre movie in the best sense. It starts as an almost Kafakaesque eerie horror, then becomes a comic ghost story and then an almost Ken Loachian tale of labor struggle. Ultimately it's a cosmic black comedy. That's a lot of narrative tones for one film to cover, but this manages it all with grace and eloquence.


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