• Japan
  • 1962
  • 97 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #393

When a miner leaves his employers and treks out with his young son to become a migrant worker, he finds himself moving from one eerie landscape to another, intermittently followed (and photographed) by an enigmatic man in a clean, white suit, and eventually coming face-to-face with his inescapable destiny. Hiroshi Teshigahara’s debut feature and first collaboration with novelist Kobo Abe, Pitfall is many things: a mysterious, unsettling ghost story, a portrait of human alienation, and a compellingly surreal critique of soulless industry, shot in elegant black and white.

Cast

The miner/Otsuka Hisashi Igawa
Man in whiteKunie Tanaka
The copHideo Kanze
The sonKazuo Miyahara
ShopkeeperSumie Sasaki
2nd miner Kanichi Omiya
ReporterKei Sato
ToyamaSen Yano
Dead minerTon Shimada
FarmerShigeru Matsuo
PhotographerKikuo Kaneuchi

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

Pitfall: Outdoor Miner

By Howard HamptonJuly 09, 2007

Pitfall is the kind of semiuncanny, equivocally realist movie you might hope to duck into in a . . . 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 »

Film Essays

Pitfall: Outdoor Miner

By Howard HamptonJuly 09, 2007

Pitfall is the kind of semiuncanny, equivocally realist movie you might hope to duck into in a . . . 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 »