• Japan
  • 1964
  • 147 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #394

One of the sixties’ great international art-house sensations, Woman in the Dunes was for many the grand unveiling of the surreal, idiosyncratic worldview of Hiroshi Teshigahara. Eiji Okada plays an amateur entomologist who has left Tokyo to study an unclassified species of beetle that resides in a remote, vast desert; when he misses his bus back to civilization, he is persuaded to spend the night in the home of a young widow (Kyoko Kishida) who lives in a hut at the bottom of a sand dune. What results is one of cinema’s most bristling, unnerving, and palpably erotic battles of the sexes, as well as a nightmarish depiction of everyday Sisyphean struggle, for which Teshigahara received an Academy Award nomination for best director.

Cast

Junpei Niki Eiji Okada
The womanKyoko Kishida

Credits

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Video essay on the film by critic and festival programmer James Quandt
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation

Film Essays

Woman in the Dunes: Shifting Sands

By Audie BockJuly 09, 2007

Of the varied media the artist Hiroshi Teshigahara mastered, filmmaking is the one he let go. . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Spectral Landscape of Teshigahara, Abe, and Takemitsu

By Peter GrilliJuly 09, 2007

The names Hiroshi Teshigahara, Kobo Abe, and Toru Takemitsu loom large among Japanese . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

Woman in the Dunes: Shifting Sands

By Audie BockJuly 09, 2007

Of the varied media the artist Hiroshi Teshigahara mastered, filmmaking is the one he let go. . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Spectral Landscape of Teshigahara, Abe, and Takemitsu

By Peter GrilliJuly 09, 2007

The names Hiroshi Teshigahara, Kobo Abe, and Toru Takemitsu loom large among Japanese . . . Read more »