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Dendera (2011)

Fifty elderly women are abandoned to die on a snow covered mountain, but instead work together to build their own village named "Dendera."


Daisuke Tengan


Yûya Satô (based on the novel by), Daisuke Tengan (screenplay)


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Cast overview:
Ruriko Asaoka Ruriko Asaoka ... Kayu Saito
Mitsuko Baishô Mitsuko Baishô ... Masari Shiina
Yôko Yamamoto Yôko Yamamoto ... Hikari Asami
Mitsukô Kusabue Mitsukô Kusabue ... Mei Mitsuboshi (as Mitsuko Kusabue)
Karin Yamaguchi Karin Yamaguchi ... Itsuru Obuchi
Kazuko Shirakawa Kazuko Shirakawa ... Hono Ishizuka
Miyako Yamaguchi Miyako Yamaguchi ... Kyu Hoshina
Kazue Tsunogae Kazue Tsunogae ... Makura Katsuragawa
Rakuko Tane Rakuko Tane ... Hatsu Fukuzawa
Miyoko Akaza Miyoko Akaza ... Kura Kuroi


Fifty elderly women are abandoned to die on a snow covered mountain, but instead work together to build their own village named "Dendera."

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Release Date:

25 June 2011 (Japan) See more »

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Production Co:

Toei Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A highly original story or a septuagenarian fantasy?
14 September 2011 | by aland-3See all my reviews

Well, this one's original. An unnamed village has a unique way of celebrating a woman's seventieth birthday: she is ceremoniously carried up a nearby mountain and abandoned above the snow line, where she is expected to await entry to heaven.

When this happens to Kayu (Ruriko Asaoka), she is rescued by a group of survivors who are scraping out an existence in a community they call Dendera. Led by a centenarian fireball, this gang of hobbling old women plans revenge: Kayu's arrival gives them enough troops to launch an attack aimed at massacring the entire village. We watch as Kayu's initial resistance to the harebrained plan morphs into conditional support even as Dendera's population is whittled down by bear attacks and an avalanche.

The film's cache is that it carefully navigates the thin line between fantasy and plausibility.

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