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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

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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Storyline

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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Trivia

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), Tanin no kao (1966) and The Man Without a Map (1968). See more »

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Parallel Universes
4 January 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

As the ghosts of two of the victims of the man in the white suit chase his Vespa, they yell, "You can't kill someone for no reason." Whatever that reason is, it is never shared with us. It's sad enough that the characters in this movie are so lost, but that someone would care enough about them to seek them out and kill them. The man in the white suit has a book and after carrying out his hit, or setting one up, he quietly writes things in that book. Is he the grim reaper? Does he represent organized crime? Is he a solo player? He is magical in a Satanic sense. He comes between two warring labor unions, creating enough distrust to destroy what they fight for and them also. One of the strangest characters is a little boy, the son of the first victim, who seems only intent on eating throughout the movie. At one point, he catches a frog, smashes it on the rocks, and then pulls off its skin. He seems immune to emotion and we only know that he is a little eating machine. This is a film that you will think about for a long time if you can find it. It is unsatisfying on the one hand and highly provocative on the other.


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