The Naked Island (UK-import) (DVD)

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Kaneto Shindo's Naked Island tells the story of a small family unit and their subsistence as the only inhabitants of an arid, sun-baked island. Daily chores, captured as a series of cyclical events, result in a hypnotising, moving, and beautiful film harkening back to the silent era. With hardly any dialogue, Shindo combines the stark 'Scope' cinematography of Kiyoshi Kuroda with the memorable score of his constant collaborator Hikaru Hayashi, to make a unique cinematic document.

Filmed on the virtually deserted Setonaikai archipelago in south-east Japan, 'Naked Island' was made, in the words of its director, "as a cinematic poem to try and capture the life of human beings struggling like ants against the forces of nature". Kaneto Shindo, director of Onibaba and Kuroneko, made the film with his own production company, Kindai Eiga Kyokai, who were facing financial ruin at the time. Using one-tenth of the average budget, Shindo took one last impassioned risk to make this film. With his small crew, they relocated to an inn on the island of Mihari where, for two months in early 1964, they would make what they considered to be their last film...


  • Audio commentary by Kaneto Shindo and Hikaru Hayashi
  • 16 page booklet featuring a new essay by Acquarello and a reprint of the Joan Mellen interview with Shindo from 'Voices From The Japanese Cinema'


Produksjonsår 1960 Format DVD
Sone Sone 2 Sjanger Drama
Antall disker 1 Spilletid 1 timer 34 minutter
Aldersgrense Ingen Undertekster Engelsk
Lydformater Mono 1.0 (Japansk) Bildeformater Widescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic
Regissør Kaneto Shindo Skuespillere Masanori Horimoto, Nobuko Otowa, Shinji Tanaka
Bestillingsnummer 5060000401004