Video/Film , DVD in Japanese

Woman in the dunes

director, Hiroshi Teshigahara.
  • [New York, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, [2016]
  • 2 videodiscs (147 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
  • DVD.
  • Cast: Eiji Okada, Kyoko Kishida.
  • Feature films.
  • Experimental films.
  • Film adaptations.
  • Fiction films.
  • Drama.
  • Feature films.
  • 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.
Other information
  • Title from web page.
  • Originally released as a motion picture in 1964.
  • Fullscreen (1.33:1).
  • 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.
  • Language: Japanese dialogue; English subtitles.
Publisher's number
  • CC2670DDVD The Criterion Collection
  • 9781681431970
  • 1681431971
Identifying numbers
  • UPC: 715515185011
  • OCLC: 953420781
  • OCLC: 953420781