Woman in the dunes /Material type: FilmPublisher number: CC2669BD | The Criterion CollectionLanguage: Japanese Original language: Japanese Subtitle language: English Series: Criterion collection (Blu-ray edition)Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, Description: 1 videodisc (147 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (29 pages ; 16 cm)Content type: two-dimensional moving image Media type: video Carrier type: videodiscISBN: 1681431963; 9781681431963Subject(s): Abe, Kōbō, 1924-1993 -- Film adaptations | Widows -- Drama | Sand dunes -- Drama | Man-woman relationships -- Drama | Deserts -- DramaGenre/Form: Feature films. Cast: Eiji Okada, Kyoko Kishida.Summary: An amateur entomologist is left in 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 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 the Sisyphean struggle of everyday life.
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Title from web page.
Story from the novel by Kobo Abe.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1964.
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), 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 1980 interview with Teshigahara.
Blu-ray ; aspect ratio1:33:1 ; requires Blu-ray player, monaural.
Japanese dialogue; English subtitles.
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