Woman in the Dunes

Woman in the Dunes

Eiji Okada
Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara Cast: Eiji Okada
Eiji Okada
, Kyoko Kishida
Kyoko Kishida
, Koji Mitsui
Koji Mitsui
Hiroshi Teshigahara

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When entomologist Jumpei (Eiji Okada) travels to sand dunes on an expedition, he is met by a group of people who offer him a place to spend the night. They soon lead him to a house at the bottom of a sandpit. Upon climbing into the pit, he finds a young widow (Kyoko Kishida) living alone. Placed there by the villagers, her task is to dig sand out of the pit -- not only so that they can avoid getting buried, but so that the locals can use it for construction. The next morning, when Jumpei attempts to leave, he finds that the ladder which brought him into the pit is no longer there and the villagers inform him that he must stay and help the woman dig. After trying to get out of the pit, Jumpei takes his anger out on the woman--only to soon become her lover. After some time, he slowly gives in to accepting his predicament. This interesting story takes a simple yet effective route in philosophical allegory, focusing upon the couple's oppressive confinement and the force of their physical attraction to each other in spite of--or because of--their situation. Taken from the novel by Kobo Abe, director/producer Hiroshi Teshigahara completed this visually stunning feature on a budget of only $100,000. Winning a Special Jury Prize at Cannes in 1964, the poetic Woman in the Dunes would go on to be nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Foreign Film (1964) and Best Director (1965).

Product Details

Release Date: 08/23/2016
UPC: 0715515185011
Original Release: 1964
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 2:27:00
Sales rank: 19,439

Special Features

Video essay on the film from 2007 by film scholar James Quandt Four short films from director Hiroshi Teshigahara's early career: Hokusai (1953) Ikebana (1956) Tokyo 1958 (1958) Ako (1965) Teshigahara and Abe, a 2007 documentary examining the collaboration between Teshigahara and novelist Kobo Abe, featuring interviews with film scholars Donald Richie and Tadao Sato, film programmer Richard Peña, set designer Arata Isozake, Producer Noriko Nomura, and screenwriter John Nathan Trailer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Woman in the Dunes
1. Logos/Opening Credits
2. Collector
3. Village
4. Woman
5. Beetles
6. Work
7. Escape
8. Captive
9. Deception
10. Rations
11. Suffering
12. Ideas
13. Sand
14. Visions
15. Rescue
16. Diversions
17. Bath
18. Rope
19. Failure
20. Three Months
21. Business
22. Masks
23. Water
24. December
25. Help!
26. Ocean
1. Chapter 1 [28:54]
2. Chapter 2 [:26]
Disc #2 -- Woman in the Dunes
1. New Modernist Cinema [2:06]
2. Sofu Teshigahara [7:25]
3. Sogetsu Rumpus Room [4:12]
4. Unique Collaboration [6:30]
5. Existentalist Leanings [5:27]
6. Tradition And Discovery [8:42]
7. Chapter 7 [:25]
1. Chapter 1 [22:53]
1. Chapter 1 [15:34]
2. Chapter 2 [16:52]
1. Chapter 1 [23:59]
1. Chapter 1 [28:39]

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