The Naked Island The Naked Island

The Naked Island

Kaneto Shindo

 
The Naked Island (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Japan
  • 1960
  • 96 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #811

Director Kaneto Shindo’s documentary-like, dialogue-free portrayal of daily struggle is a work of stunning visual beauty and invention. The international breakthrough for one of Japan’s most innovative filmmakers—who went on to make other unique masterworks such as Onibaba and KuronekoThe Naked Island follows a family whose home is on a tiny, remote island in the Japanese archipelago. They must row a great distance to another shore, collect water from a well in buckets, and row back to their island—a nearly backbreaking task essential for the survival of these people and their land. Featuring a phenomenal modernist score by Hikaru Hayashi, this is a truly hypnotic experience, with a rhythm unlike that of any other film.

Cast

Toyo, the motherNobuko Otowa
Senta, the fatherTaiji Tonoyama
Taro, the elder sonShinji Tanaka
Jiro, the younger sonMasanori Horimoto

Credits

DirectorKaneto Shindo
Produced byEisaku Matsuura and Kaneto Shindo
Screenplay byKaneto Shindo
Director of photographyKiyomi Kuroda
EditorToshio Enoki
Music byHikaru Hayashi
Sound byKunie Maruyama

Disc Features

  • New, high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Video introduction by director Kaneto Shindo, recorded for a 2011 retrospective of his work
  • Audio commentary recorded in 2000, featuring Shindo and composer Hikaru Hayashi
  • New appreciation of the film by actor Benicio Del Toro
  • New interview with film scholar Akira Mizuta Lippit
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Haden Guest

    New cover by Vivienne Flesher

Film Essays

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The Naked Island: The Silence of the Sea

By Haden Guest May 17, 2016

Juxtaposing a vision of a stark, primitive existence on a remote Japanese island with that country’s vast twentieth-century modernization, Kaneto Shindo reveals Japan’s postwar paradoxes and . . . Read more »

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The Naked Island: Kaneto Shindo’s Daring Experiment

May 19, 2016

Japanese director Kaneto Shindo was one of the most inventive filmmakers of his time, and he repeatedly pushed the limits of cinema in both form and subject matter. This dedication to . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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The Naked Island: The Silence of the Sea

By Haden Guest May 17, 2016

Juxtaposing a vision of a stark, primitive existence on a remote Japanese island with that country’s vast twentieth-century modernization, Kaneto Shindo reveals Japan’s postwar paradoxes and . . . Read more »

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