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Woman in the Dunes

Hiroshi Teshigahara

 
Woman in the Dunes (Criterion Blu-Ray)

23 Aug 2016

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

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

One of the 1960s’ great international art-house sensations, Woman in the Dunes (Suna no onna) was for many the grand unveiling of the surreal, idiosyncratic world of Hiroshi Teshigahara. Eiji Okada plays an amateur entomologist who has left Tokyo to study an unclassified species of beetle found in a vast desert. When he misses his bus back to civilization, he is persuaded to spend the night with a young widow (Kyoko Kishida) in her hut at the bottom of a sand dune. What results is one of cinema’s most unnerving and palpably erotic battles of the sexes, as well as a nightmarish depiction of everyday life as a Sisyphean struggle—an achievement that garnered Teshigahara an Academy Award nomination for best director.

Cast

Junpei Niki Eiji Okada
The womanKyoko Kishida

Credits

DirectorHiroshi Teshigahara
Story from the novel byKobo Abe
ProducersKiichi Ichikawa and Tadashi Ono
CinematographyHiroshi Segawa
Original musicToru Takemitsu
Art directorsTotetsu Hirakawa and Masao Yamazaki
EditorFusako Shuzui

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • 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), and 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 Isozaki, producer Noriko Nomura, and screenwriter John Nathan
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Audie Bock and a 1978 interview with Teshigahara

Film Essays

Woman in the Dunes: Shifting Sands

By Audie Bock July 09, 2007

Of the varied media the artist Hiroshi Teshigahara mastered, filmmaking is the one he let go. Upon the death of his headmaster father, in 1979, he assumed the full responsibility of leadership . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Spectral Landscape of Teshigahara, Abe, and Takemitsu

By Peter Grilli July 09, 2007

The names Hiroshi Teshigahara, Kobo Abe, and Toru Takemitsu loom large among Japanese intellectuals of the late twentieth century. Each in his own right was an artist of peculiar genius, each . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

Woman in the Dunes: Shifting Sands

By Audie Bock July 09, 2007

Of the varied media the artist Hiroshi Teshigahara mastered, filmmaking is the one he let go. Upon the death of his headmaster father, in 1979, he assumed the full responsibility of leadership . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Spectral Landscape of Teshigahara, Abe, and Takemitsu

By Peter Grilli July 09, 2007

The names Hiroshi Teshigahara, Kobo Abe, and Toru Takemitsu loom large among Japanese intellectuals of the late twentieth century. Each in his own right was an artist of peculiar genius, each . . . Read more »

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