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5.0 out of 5 stars "The nail that stands up, must be hammered down."
Hiroshi Teshigahara may not rank as highly in the echelons of Japanese directors as Ozu or Kurosawa, nevertheless he has produced a classic in Woman of the Dunes.

A professor in search of rare butterflies (what else when the film is concerned with transformation) on the dune coast of Western Japan, misses his transport home and is offered shelter by the local...
Published on 27 Aug 2007 by Nigel Drake

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good release
This is a good release of a Japanese classic. Picture quality excellent! However, this is a much shorter version (only 119 min.) than the new version of Criterion (147 min) and without any relevant extras. If you can afford it go for the Criterion version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An endlessly fascinating film, 1 May 2010
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The film explores the domestic dynamics of a man and woman trapped in an existentialist void. The woman is contented with her lot, working for food and water with a man at her side. The man, on the other hand, plots endlessly to escape, and when that fails, finds new purpose in wringing water out of sand.

The black-and-white photography is exquisite. The sandy landscape melts into rippling water before settling on sweat-soaked skin. The camera caresses the human form the same way it embraces the lights and shadows of desert land. Like the perpetually shifting sand, the meanings ebb and flow with every frame, making this an endlessly fascinating film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Human bug caught in sand, 15 Dec 2009
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One of my favorites back in 60's and I havn't seen it since. Seen today it's still a masterpeace. Black and white (most black) makes the atmosphere, and the soundtrack is strong. The story is unfolding in some sanddunes in Japan, but it could be everywhere ind the World. Searching for the meaning of life is universal.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A dark study of society, 5 Dec 2006
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A rather intense and at first surreal but the more you examine plausible, film. In essence it deals with a Japanese Porfessor who is trapped by rather cruel villagers whilst on a research trip, once there he is thrown to a woman who lives trapped in a pit.

Thats the bare bones of the plot, but the plot serves to show the cruelty of society and the grotesque lies required by groups to avoid culpability.

Hope that makes sense.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 8 Nov 2007
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It's a true gem of Japanese cinema based on the Cobo Abe's novel.The problem is that this DVD shouldn't be so expensive,because this is a much shorter version(only 119 min.) than the new version of Criterion(147 min.).
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